As the academic research wing of Museum of the Bible, the Scholars Initiative fosters biblical research at colleges, universities, and seminaries across the word, planning and supporting academic projects related to the languages and material culture of the Bible, and capitalizing on artifacts in the Museum Collections. Past projects have addressed the Dead Sea Scrolls, Greek papyri with secular and religious texts, ancient translations of the Hebrew Bible, the Greek text of the Pauline epistles, and various Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Latin manuscripts.
Students with intermediate to advanced language proficiencies participate in collaborative research projects administered by specialized scholars, who resource local scholar–mentors. Participating students typically spend about 120 hours transcribing manuscripts, reading relevant academic publications, and composing a critical paper. In a typical project, students attend webinars featuring scholarly authorities and contribute to a digital database of relevant manuscripts within a cutting-edge online workspace.
Students who participate in collaborative projects may apply to the summer Logos conference, which serves as the gateway to the Logos Fellowship, a Christian community committed to the integration of the Christian faith and scholarship as well as the development of academic skills and perspectives. Recently, the Logos conference has taken place in England under the auspices of Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford. Museum of the Bible supports Logos Fellows through prominent scholarly publications, receptions at conferences that encourage networking, summer programming related to archaeology and advanced language skills, and vocational counseling.