This has got to be some kind of joke.
One of the guys more responsible than not for the uninformed public’s impression of the Bible—namely that it is a completely invented late artifact of little historical value for the periods it ostensibly covers—now notices one of the side effects of this is a complete and utter lack of interest in being told this, and so the field is shrinking. What sane person would study or fund such a self-cannibalizing field of study? Meanwhile, Bible programs in religious institutions are thriving, or, I should say, religiously-motivated Bible programs in such institutions are thriving. Those programs in religious institutions which ape critical scholarship of the moment are likewise shrinking, judging from anecdotal evidence. People are simply not interested in that approach.
Now that the results of such an approach become more obvious, the suggestion is made of cooperation with religiously motivated study. The two are antagonistic and will remain so. The faith-contingent programs of study will continue to cherry-pick critical biblical studies, and critical biblical studies will continue to fade away, as fewer students can find appealing the necessary philological expertise, if such is even available to them anymore in their institutions, with so many programs having been cut. It’s a time of a kind of twilight for biblical studies.