I could claim to be an authority, that is if I do not declare that the Bible is messed up. I’m sure someone will challenge that statement with:
“Where did you read that? Where’s your references, show me one example of it being messed up.
I don’t believe that one needs a degree to claim exclusive rights to teach the Bible. No way! Some of the writers were labeled unlettered, and ordinary, but the critics had to admit:
“They used to be with Jesus.”
If I studied Hebrew, Greek, and partly Aramaic, I might claim to be an authority, but that too does not qualify me to make such a claim.
Am I an authority on the Bible? That depends too on the comment I made a few minutes ago:
How would Jesus answer that question: are the churches of today setting a good example? I’ll answer that question with:
“Are they telling people what the Bible really teaches?”
“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.” (Matthew 7:21)