Biblical Studies Carnival 164

Here it is, the Back-to-School Biblical Studies Carnival for September 2019 (#164 if you are counting).

I have been the curator of the Biblical Studies Carnival since August of 2012 when Jim Linville stepped down as the Keeper of the List. Over the last seven years many bloggers have moved on to other things (ie., real life). Quite a few regular biblical studies blogs are now silent or post rarely. Mark Goodacre has posted a few times in 2019 (after an entirely silent 2018), but noting in September. Dr. Jim’s thinking Shop and Near Emmaeus has been taken over by spammers.

Yet there is still some life out there in the Biblioblog world. Three new hosts are lined up for the next three carnivals, with Jim “King of the Carnival” West doing the first one 2020. In this month’s carnival there are at least a half-dozen bloggers I have not read before, a few of those have been around for a while and a few are new.

Here are the upcoming hosts for the rest of 2019:

I would love to start filling in a few hosts for 2020, so contact me at plong42@gmail.com to volunteer to host a carnival. They are fun to do, and will draw attention to your blog.

Old Testament

The busiest biblioblogger of the month was Claude Mariottini:

Next month’s carnival host Gary Greenberg offered a short piece on “A Genesis editing error? Separating the second and third days of Creation”.

Clark Bates at ExeJesus asks “What’s a Christian to do With Leviticus?”  This is a new blog for me, and I must admit I misread the title and thought this was one of those conservative fundie lost his faith type blogs (ex-Jesus), but that is the opposite of the case.  Clark also posted The Epistle to Diognetus and Why I Disagree with the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. “The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy fails the believer and the skeptic when it affirms doctrines like inspiration and inerrancy, but necessarily links them to a particular body of texts (the autographs) and I believe that this Article of the Statement should be reworded if not rejected.”

Another new blog for me this month is Cripplegate (you need to visit and read the explanation for the name). There are five pastors blogging on the site and it is very well done. Eric Davis, Is the Rod of Proverbs Literal or Metaphorical?  From the conclusion: “Parents can be assured that God is not asking them to treat their child with abuse or a lack of love when they administer the rod biblically.”

Bill Barrick on Samson and Gaza’s Gates, recalling his 1976 article, “Samson’s Removal of Gaza’s Gates,” Journal of the Near Eastern Archaeological Society 8 (1976): 83–93.

TheTorah.com is quickly becoming a favorite website for me. Although not a biblioblog in the traditional sense, they have some excellent scholarly articles. For example, Norma Franklin’s Megiddo’s Stables: Trading Egyptian Horses to the Assyrian Empire.

At The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie interviews Stephen Um on Teaching Micah.  It is a podcast, but there is a transcript for those of you who are still reading things.

Doug at Liturgica has an interesting piece on the use of the Old Testament by Christians, Arguing over the Old Testament. “The early Christians, increasingly living all over the Mediterranean, and losing touch with many aspects of their Jewish background and heritage, simply borrowed Jewish collections of books and made them their own. Christian use of these books, together with the way in which the early rabbinic movement started to rebuild Judaism after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, meant that the synagogues started to reject them. Increasingly Judaism retreated to the core Hebrew books, and abandoned these Greek books to the churches.”

Observatório Bíblico has a review of Römer, Gonzalez, and Marti, Représenter dieux et hommes dans le Proche-Orient ancien et dans la Bible. Actes du colloque organisé par le Collège de France, Paris, les 5 et 6 mai 2015. (Leuven: Peeters, 2019). The book is in French and the review is in Portuguese. The book is about the function of representations of divinity and humans: What are the different ways of making the gods visible and what are the specific functions? The book is available for free from the University of Zurich, along with 308 volumes of the Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis series.

New Testament

Evie Gassner, How Jewish Was Herod? at TheTorah.Com.

Alex Finkelson at Scribes of the Kingdom has a nice post on Israel and the gospel of the kingdom. Alex is hosting the December 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival (due January 1), so be sure to check out his blog. He has another post asking “Did the disciples see the son of man coming in his kingdom on the mount of transfiguration?”

Ian Paul posted on two parables in Luke, The parables of the lost in Luke 15 and Can we read of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16 with irony?

Lydia McGrew, The realism of Jesus’ dialogues in John. This is from a blog I have not noticed before although it has been around since 2007, What’s Wrong with the World: Dispatches from the 10th Crusade. She says, “the implication that the dialogues in John appear artificial through an overly pat consonance between question and answer, misunderstanding or interruption, and further explanation rests on cherry-picked data.”

The Amateur Exegete Podcast discussed Dirty Hands, Clean Food (Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 5:17-42, 15:1-20; Galatians 2:11-16).

Anne Kim has a fascinating article on Hebrew or Aramaic Loan-Words: 4 Canonical Gospels and 8 Non-Canonical Gospels. She says “This post concludes the recent series studying Hebrew and Aramaic loan-words in various documents that are commonly referred to as gospels, whether inside or outside the New Testament. I approach the study of these documents as an exercise in data analysis, employing computerized methodology whenever possible to give the most objective results that I can manage.” Here is the rest of the series:

Candida Moss has an article in the Daily Beast on the literacy of Jesus: Could Jesus Read and Write? As you might expect, Chris Keith is featured in the article. She cites Keith in her conclusion: “I have no doubt that Jesus was a powerful and effective teacher; he was, in fact, so effective that he managed to convince some people that he was a scribal-literate teacher even though he likely wasn’t!”

Michael Kok did several posts on Acts, including

James McGrath did a Paul APB, a mini-carnival of Pauline studies. Hopefully he will continue the series in the future.

David Turner, Ephesians, Social Media, and Biblical Community. David says, “Being a part of the community of the King has nothing to do with how many followers we have on social media or how prominent we may be in a local congregation.” Great point, but still have more twitter followers than he does.

Graham Ware, Pastor of Centre Street Baptist Church has a sermon tape (I guess we are calling them podcasts now) on Titus and 1 Timothy, A Trustworthy Word (part 1 and part 2).

Marg Mowczko discusses 3 reasons why it’s a woman, not all women, in 1 Timothy 2:12. She argues “1 Timothy 2:11-15 probably refers to a particular couple” and Paul “offers corrections (1) to the woman’s behaviour in verse 11-12, (2) to her teaching in verses 13-14, and (3) to her concern about salvation in verse 15.”

Ian Paul offers a selection from his new Tyndale commentary on Revelation “What is Michael doing with his angels in Revelation 12?”

One of my students translated a Reading Acts post into Chin/Hakha for his own blog, so if you read Chin/Hakha (spoken in Myanmar), check out Zeiruang ahdah Saul nih Jewish Khrihfa arak hrem hna?  His blog is one of the few apologetic blogs this language, maybe the only one.

Doug at Liturgica posted on Writing and reading the New Testament, “early Christianity was determinedly literary.”

New Testament Textual Criticism

Peter Gurry has a short note on Correcting Text und Textwert in Eph 5.22.

Amy Anderson describes her Pied-Piper Teaching Techniques, moving “students from no interest in Greek at all to enthusiastically transcribing manuscripts on the VMR.”

Tommy Wasserman shares some New Images of Papyrus 967 (Ezekiel Portion).

Peter M. Head summarizes Evidence for Codex Alexandrinus in Egypt.

Theology and Church History

The Non-Alchemist wrote a lengthy essay On Biblical Violence (Spoiler: they do not like it).

Scott Fritzsche, When I Was Hungry You…Modern Progressive Social Gospel.

Jordan Standridge, God Doesn’t Need You.

Peter Mead on preaching the other people in the Bible.

James McGrath has a nice roundup combining music and Biblical Studies, Belshazzar and Other Scripture in Song (+1 for the Johnny Cash reference). He also posted James 4:13 and Whovian Marcionism, not sure if I should file this under New Testament Church history or pop culture. James says “If you didn’t get the joke in the title of this post, that means you didn’t click through and read the transcript of the podcast.”

Book Reviews

Charles Savelle shared a link to the Journal of Inductive Bible Studies 6, edited by Fredrick J. Long. The highlight is an article by David R. Bauer, “Streeter Versus Farmer:  The Present State of the Synoptic Problem as Argument for a Synchronic Emphasis in Gospel Interpretation.”

Miroslav Volf/Matthew Croasmun, For the Life of the World (Brazos Press, 2019), reviewed by Spencer Robinson at Spoiled Milks. Spencer also reviewed the second edition of David deSilva’s Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2018) and Gordon McConville’s Apollos commentary on Deuteronomy (IVP Academic, 2002).

Eric H. Cline, Three Stones Make A Wall: The Story of Archaeology (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2017), reviewed by Jim West. Jim also has a quick overview of Jan Assmann, Achsenzeit: Eine Archäologie Der Moderne.

 

 

Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2019

Like John the Baptist crying out in the desert, the Amateur Exegete, has posted the August 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival. Although he has been blogging for some time, I really do not know his name, so I’ll just say AmatEx did a good job on his rookie carnival. Although he may not recall what happened to John the Baptist as a result of all that crying out in the wilderness.

Brian Small posted a short Hebrews Highlights, although Hebrews posts have been slim recently. Abram K-J stirred from his blogging slumber to once again post on the Septuagint. I told him recently I missed his monthly Septuagint Soiree.

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 gmail.com) 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.

December 2019 is still open and I would like to start setting up hosts for 2020. If you are a veteran biblioblogger (who knows what that used to mean) or a new blogger/podcaster (or what ever the kids are calling it these days), hosting the Biblical Studies carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work. To quote Palpatine of Bibliobloggers Jim West, “It’s Fun.” So consider hosting in the near future.

You can 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).

Logos Free Book of the Month for July 2019 – Thomas Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology

The Logos Free book of the Month for July 2019 is Thomas Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology (IVP Academic, 2006). Tom Schreiner has published commentaries on Romans (updated 2018; BENTC). Galatians (ZECNT), and 1 Corinthians commentary in the Tyndale series. Both his New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ (Baker 2008) and The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Baker 2013) are well-respected. COmmenting on this 500+ page volume, Beeson Divinity School’s Frank Thielman said:

“Dr. Schreiner has produced a deeply exegetical study of Paul’s theology. Even those who disagree with some of his conclusions will benefit from his careful analysis of the text of Paul’s letters and his fair-handed treatment of alternative positions. The book will be especially useful to students and pastors, but scholars will also profit from its thoughtful exegetical discussions and its persuasive case for the centrality of God’s glory in Christ to Paul’s theology.”

For a mere $1.99 more, you can add a valuable collection of essays from the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference evaluating the contributions of N. T. Wright, Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T.Wright. The collection was edited by Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays. The book includes two presentations by Wright on the state of scholarship regarding Jesus and the state of scholarship regarding the apostle Paul. the book includes essays by Jeremy Begbie; Markus Bockmuehl; Richard B. Hays; Edith M. Humphrey; Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh; Nicholas Perrin; Marianne Meye Thompson; Kevin J. Vanhoozer Here is a review of the book from Exegetical Tools.

Logos has another “almost free” book on the same page, David deSilva’s Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity (IVP Academic 2000). From the blrub:

Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. In Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity, David deSilva demonstrates that paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding of the New Testament and its cultural context.

That is three excellent books for less than one of those frosty coffee drinks you are craving this July.

In addition to the free and almost free books, Logos is partnering with IVP Academic to give away a fourteen volume IVP New Testament Studies Collection (a $241 value, including five massive Ben Witherington books). There are several was to enter, so scroll down to the bottom of the page to join the give away.

Logos Bible Software 8 has been out since November 2018, and it is a significant upgrade. I did a “first look” review of Logos 8 here. There are plenty of new features to justify an upgrade and the software runs much more efficiently than the previous version. Everything seems to run faster than Logos 7 and the upgrade is well worth considering. As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading and there are paths that will preserve your credit rating.

At the very least, download the free Logos Basic or the $99 Logos 8 Fundamentals. With either minimal package you can download and use the free book every month and build your Logos library.

These three and almost free books of the month are only available through the end of July, so head to the Logos site and get them before the offer expires.

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 gmail.com) 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).

Biblical Studies Carnival 157 (March 2019)

Spencer Robinson posted the March 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival at Spoiled Milks. Remember, it is April 1, so expect the unexpected. “Nothing says ‘fun,’ ‘excitement,’ and ‘unemployment’ like biblical studies.”Perhaps he needed to add a trigger warning for “Jim West’s new swimsuit calendar,” but otherwise Spencer has collected some very good posts for the month of March.

Since I took over as the “keeper of the list” of Biblical Studies Carnivals in August 2012, I have tried to get new people to host carnivals, often hosts who are on opposite sides of the spectrum with respect to assumptions about biblical studies (look at a few of the upcoming hosts for example). I have tried to draw in more women as hosts, although that has not always been successful. I have asked at least two people to do an international carnival, highlight Spanish language blogs for example, but nothing has come of that either.

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.

As you can see there are some gaps in the schedule and there is no one for the rest of the year after (September through December are wide open). I have a few asks out there, but there is still time for you to volunteer as Carnival Host. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future.

Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) 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.

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).

Biblical Studies Carnival 156 (February 2019)

Typical Biblioblogger

Bob MacDonald posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2019. Subtitled “The Lego Edition,” Bob has put together a great collection of the best posts last month of interest to Biblical Studies. He has long lists for TNK (Old Testament for the evangelicals out there) and New Testaments and an “other ” category with some theology, church history, book reviews and at least one board game review. He has a link to Ian Paul’s reflection on Michael Green life after his passing last month. In other carnival news, Brian Small had a few Hebrews Highlights for February 2019 at Polumeros kai Polutropos.

The day before the carnival, Bob posts “Doing a carnival for Biblical Studies.” This is a kind of method statement for doing a carnival. Bob says, “I see the Biblical Studies carnival as a celebration of posts in the month. It is also a way for me to learn what is going on in the field. I search through over a hundred sites as well as social media groups to see what seems of interest to me. My purpose is to find those posts which best illustrate sound practices in Biblical Study that will get everyone to learn together.” This is a great way of thinking of these carnivals. He lists a few bullet points on “What is substantial for me” as well, which separates his carnival from others. For Bob, “since BS carnivals are supposed to be fun, … but it is serious stuff with real-life consequences.”

Since I took over as the “keeper of the list” of Biblical Studies Carnivals in August 2012, I have tried to get new people to host carnivals, often hosts who are on opposite sides of the spectrum with respect to assumptions about biblical studies (look at a few of the upcoming hosts for example). I have tried to draw in more women as hosts, although that has not always been successful. I have asked at least two people to do an international carnival, highlight Spanish language blogs for example, but nothing has come of that either.

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. Spencer Robinson is hosting the March 2019 carnival at Spoiled Milks. feel free to twitter links to him at @spoiledmilks.

As you can see there are some gaps in the schedule and there is no one for the rest of the year after (September through December are wide open). I have a few asks out there, but there is still time for you to volunteer as Carnival Host. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future.

Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) 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.

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).

Biblical Studies Carnival 155 (January 2019)

Jim West cosplaying his favorite reformer

Jim West, the grand old veteran of Biblical Studies Carnivals, posted a fine collection of links at Zwinglius Redivivus. You can follow Jim on Twitter, @drjewest. Jim is off to attend the Zwingli Conference, celebrating Zwingli’s arrival in Zurich 500 years ago, so we will all be treated to photos of his hotel room and the book room for the conference. (Seriously, I live for the book room pics…)

Brian Small had a few Hebrews Highlights for January 2019 at Polumeros kai Polutropos.

Unless I hear from somebody soon, Reading Acts will host the February Carnival, then Spencer Robinson at  Spoiled Milks (@spoiledmilks) has March 2019 (Due April 1).

As you can see there are some gaps in the schedule and there is no one for the rest of the year after (September through December are wide open). I have a few asks out there, but there is still time for you to volunteer as Carnival Host. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future.

Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) 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.

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).