I’ve caught myself in my prejudices.
William H. Shea has written a great article on the chiastic structure of Daniel, which, for the most part I would agree with. But, he is Seventh Day Adventist. To me, he is immediately under a cloud of suspicion when it comes to Daniel and Revelation, if not most other books. It’s not exactly like accepting a sociologist trained at Bob Jones University, but you get the idea.
So, I went looking for other examples of purposed chiastic structures in Second Temple Judaism. I found one that was quite interesting, detailing Chiasmus in Aramaic contracts. I was all over that until I realized it was from the LDS-backed BYU.
My hesitation to use the LDS scholar’s work was a great deal less than my hesitation to use Shea’s.
Here’s the thing – when it comes to accepting scholarship, if it is by someone who defines themselves as conservative or liberal (or, rather, if the scholars says my scholars is conservative/liberal), I will distrust it.
On the other hand, I do have issues accepting scholarship from certain groups.