How important is it to be a bible scholar or a theologian?
Without going so far as to say it is unimportant (being a seminary student myself, I’d rather not admit that), consider the rigorous training of the Pharisees.
In order to become a Pharisee it was necessary to MEMORIZE the entire Old Testament, as well as the Talmud and the Midrash. Not study. MEMORIZE and be able to recall from memory.
Whatever else one might say about the Pharisees, they knew their bibles. Literally.
Yet Jesus’ harshest criticism was directed to these bible scholars. As E. Stanley Jones put it, “They were earnest religious men, but they tithed mint and anise and cumin while a world of human need demanded justice and mercy.”
Something to think about.