NT Blog: Beverly Gaventa to join Baylor: Beverly Roberts Gaventa is moving to Baylor. Details here: Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa Appointed Distinguished Professor of New Testament.
This is fascinating. A professor at a mainline seminary like Princeton going to a quasi-evangelical university like Baylor!
The jump is not nearly as great as it may seem. Princeton is a faith-filled seminary and Baylor is not evangelicalism as usual. Both are, more accurately, places of faith-filled scholarship.
By faith-filled, I mean both have an orthodox faith that is Scripturally centered. By scholarship, I mean they are both committed to let the text say what it says rather than setting artificial boundaries to its meaning based on sectarian concerns.
You do wonder what is driving such a move, of course. Is it significant, for example, that this is not the only departure from Princeton in biblical studies in the last couple years. Meanwhile, Baylor has been building on an already good line up in recent days, recently adding Bruce Longenecker to its faculty.