Biblical Studies Carnival 161 (June 2019)

Usually June, July and August are slow days for bibliobloggers since Academics head for the beach as soon as school ends and refuse to do any work until September, but there were many excellent posts in June. Carnival Veteran Jim West has posted the June 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival at Zwingli Redivivus.Jim has a hot carnival for these hot days of summer. Early summer has been extremely warm. Europe is melting, the French are swimming in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and in Spain, a pile of chicken poop sparked a wildfire.

Speaking of gigantic chicken poop fires, the big news this month is the twisted tale of “First Century” Mark, Dirk Obbink, and Hobby Lobby. Jim has links to several other blogs commenting on this mess, but check out Jerry Pattengale’s long piece in Christianity Today, The ‘First-Century Mark’ Saga from Inside the Room.

Since I took over as the “keeper of the list” of Biblical Studies Carnivals in August 2012, I have tried to encourage new bloggers to host carnivals. I have tried to draw in more women as hosts, although that has not always been successful. If you are a new blogger, a graduate student or established scholar who is actively blogging, I would love to have you host a future carnival. Contact me if you are interested or have questions. Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

As you can see there are some gaps in the schedule and there is no one for the rest of the year after (November and December open) and I would like to start getting hosts for 2020. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work and to quote Jim West, “It’s Fun.” So consider hosting in the near future.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing. I have a Biblical Studies magazine on Flipboard, an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

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