Carnival MaskKaren R. Keen (@Keen_KR) has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for July 2018. She has done an excellent job collecting a wide range of links to biblical and theological topics posted last month. This is Karen’s first time hosting the Biblical Studies Carnival, and she says “there is far more material churned out on a regular basis than I realized. Some folk even manage to put out a post almost every day (profs procrastinating on fall course prep??).” That may be the case, or some professors turn are using posts to work out lecture points for the fall. Not every professor of biblical or theological studies spends their summer lounging at the beach.

Stick around until the end, this carnival has two bonus features. First, Karen has a list of announcements (tributes to scholars who recently passed away, book notices, etc.) Second, she has a list of women scholars who blog. As she admits, this is not a complete list, so Karen asks for links to overlooked blogs to be added to the comments. Another thing you can do is visit these blogs and offer some encouragement to post more often. Several of the blogs Karen lists have not been updated in months.

Next month Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian is hosting the Biblical Studies carnival (August 2018, Due September 1) and veteran carnival host Jim West has the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1).  If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer.

I am borderline desperate for the rest of the year!  Please contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), twitter direct message (@plong42) or comment here in this carnival. Whether you are a relatively new blogger or you have hosted a carnival in the past, do not hesitate to contact me. October, November and December are open as of July 1. It is not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.

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