Larry Hurtado on PhD skills

Dr. Larry Hurtado has posted on his blog recently (first here and the follow up here) on tools of the trade for PhD candidates in New Testament studies. His central argument is that capable PhD candidates in our discipline need to be able to read Koine Greek, interact with text-critical variants comfortably in the apparatus of the Nestle-Aland critical text, and read French and German in order to be qualified as PhD's, but the larger point is that these skills enable a NT scholar to be active and make a good contribution to the discipline. We require the very same skills in our PhD program at Dallas Theological Seminary for the very same reasons. Schools ought not to qualify a candidate with a degree unless they have the requisite skill set, and these skills are simply part and parcel of NT work.