Dr. Jim West asks why Wright is so famous and gets so much attention whilst other insightful scholars are overlooked. In a slightly uncharitable (but humorous) assessment, Dr. West comments that Wright “reads, he regurgitates it into the open mouths of the waiting, joyously anticipating flock of hatchlings huddled together in his safe, warm, dry, nest of exegetical certainty, and he makes an awful lot of money doing it.” There is more truth in that characterization of Wright’s followers than some of us would like to admit (even though the characterization of Wright himself seems to me to be trifle unfair). Hopefully most of us read relatively widely in other scholars and do not take Wright on board uncritically.
So why does Wright get so much attention and other thought-provoking scholars so little? I have given some brief thoughts that immediately came to mind in the comments on Dr. West’s post. Does anyone else have any thoughts?
[And on the subject of Wright, I was intending to post my next audio talk yesterday. That didn’t quite work out, but I will do it as soon as I can.]