Biblical Studies Carnival 173 for July 2020

Bob MacDonald posted the the July 2020 Biblical Studies Carnival #173 (“An odd, deficient, odious, but balanced prime) sorted into Tanakh, New Testament, Canonical Edges, Miscellaneous and book reviews. Bob has been a great supported of Bibliobogs over the years and has hosted several times now. He says “spending a month actually reading the bloggy scholars and the scholarly blogs is an education…” Hosting a Carnival is a bit of work, but I agree with Bob, it is enjoyable work.

Summer Carnival

Koine-Greek.com posts a monthly Ancient Greek Footnotes, a mini-carnival for Greek, Textual Criticism, and LXX posts. They even have a summary of recent posts to the venerable B-Greek forum. Not there is a name I have notheard in many years….B-Greek and B-Hebrew began in the early days of the internet as mailing lists. This multi-author blog “is a space online for discussions of linguistics and especially Ancient Greek grammar. Most of the time, we are interested in the Koine period of the language from roughly 200 BCE to 300 CE. Our goal is to make technical linguistics research accessible and available for students and scholars of Ancient Greek.”

Brian Small has a brief Hebrews Highlights for July. He also has a link to an announcement from Roger Pearse that Cyril of Alexandria’s lost Commentary on Hebrews has been found and published based on three Armenian manuscripts. Unfortunately there is no English translation yet.

On targuman, Christian Brady had a few comments about Facebook and why he is “going dormant” in the platform. Along the way, he says “How nice it would be if we could return to the days of ‘Bibliobloggers’ and substantive discussion in debates in the comment sections, eh?” Christian is one of the oldest Bibliobloggers still active. He hosted carnivals 25 (December 2007) and 64 (June 2011). For perspective, I started Reading Acts in September 2008 and did not host a carnival until #100. Although there is no going back to 2005, Christian points out something important here. There are many excellent scholarly posts each month (go read Bob’s Carnival for a sample), but there is little substantive interaction.

For future carnivals, I will be hosting the August 2020 Carnival (unless someone else wants to take it). Brent Niedergall is hosting in September 202, but after that I have no more volunteers for the rest of the year starting with September 2020 (Due October 1). Even if you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again. I am always interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. Are you new to blogging? Are you a lapsed biblioblogger? James McGrath has some encouraging words for you.

How can you get your posts into a future carnival? Start by writing a quality academic post, perhaps a book review. Then send the link to the upcoming host. It is entirely their decision to include your post in their carnival, but you can at least nominate yourself for inclusion. Sometimes you have to toot your own horn.

If you have questions about what writing a carnival involves, contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or twitter DM @plong42. I would be happy to answer any questions.

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