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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).

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).

First time host Christopher Scott has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for December 2018. Christopher collects links from the four categories that I write about: Bible, theology, small groups, and leadership. Head on over and check out what he has for us this month. Veteran blogger Jim West will host the Carnival in January. Jim always mixes up an interesting stew when he hosts a carnival. Here is the schedule for the next few months:

  • January 2019 (Due February 1) –  Zwinglius Redivivus, Jim West,@drjewest
  • February 2019 (Due March 1) –
  • March 2019 (Due April 1) – Spoiled Milks, Spencer Robinson @spoiledmilks
  • April 2019 (Due May 1) –
  • May 2019 (Due June 1) – Claude Mariottini @DrMariottini
  • June 2019 (Due July 1) –
  • July 2019 (Due August 1) – My Digital Seminary, Lindsay Kennedy @digitalseminary

As you can see there are some gaps in the schedule and there is no one for the rest of the year after (August through December). 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).

Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) posted the November 2018 bright and early on December 1, and it is a good one. Be sure to check it out and click on all the links. Subscribe to a few new blogs this holiday season. First time host Christopher Scott will take control of the Carnival for the December 2018 carnival (due January 1, 2019).

I noticed that Brian Small posted a notice about the death of Hebrews Scholar Paul Ellingworth, “one of the most prolific contributors to the scholarly study of Hebrews.”  Jim Gordan has a nice tribute to Ellingworth as well.

As of this time, I do not have hosts for any carnivals for 2019. I have reached out to a few newer bloggers as well as previous hosts, but I have had fewer volunteers recently. Bob MacDonald said this about hosting a carnival:

Hosting a carnival is a valuable task. You will be challenged to decide what to include from the several possible source streams that you follow on aggregators, flipboards, social media, blogs, and other news feeds. Just what is Biblical Studies? BS opens up questions that may be disturbing to an established position. Do you follow people that you may disagree with? You may allow some leeway since preachers and theologians of all confessional stripes say they ‘study the Bible’. And you may watch secular blogs and newspapers, for some of them express reception history, whether assumed or critical, from the Bible. As the month progresses, a theme emerges, maybe flippant or serious, not always as expected. Take up the gauntlet.

This is your chance to step up and host a carnival. This is true for veteran bloggers as well as newer academic blogs. 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

Jacob Prahlow posted the October Biblical Studies Carnival at his blog, Pursuing Veritas. Jacob has a great collection of links to the best biblical and theological posts over the last month. Jacob often does a “weekly roundup” on his blog and usually points out things I have missed. Head over to the Carnival, browse the links and see what people have been saying this month.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted the schedule for SBL Sessions on Hebrews and related issues (with abstracts) and ETS Sessions on Hebrews. This will help you schedule your time and the November meetings and know what sessions Brian will be attending.

The last two carnivals for 2018 are set. Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) will take a short break from his detailed analysis of every chapter of the Hebrew Bible to host the November 2018 (Due December 1) and  Christopher Scott will be hosting the December 2018 carnival (due January 1, 2019).

As of this time, I do not have hosts for any carnivals for 2019. I have reached out to a few newer bloggers as well as previous hosts, but I have had fewer volunteers recently. This is your chance to step up and host a carnival. This is true for veteran bloggers as well as newer academic blogs. 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).

Jim West DripI had a particularly busy Monday, and now it is a busy Tuesday before I get to the monthly Biblical Studies Carnival.

Jim West posted Biblical Studies Carnival 151 for September 2018 at Zwinglius Redivivus.  As always, Jim draws together a wide range of blogs and topics, he has a good eye for historical theology. He begins my drawing attention to Dan Wallace’s post on the importance of the biblical languages in theological education. I am aware of a graduate program (PhD classes in fact) which does not teach the languages, but how to use Bible Software. This is dangerous, like putting guns in the hands of people who do not know how to use them.

Next month Jacob Prahlow (@prahlowjacob) hosts the October Carnival (Due November 1) and in November 2018 (Due December 1) Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) will take a short break from his detailed analysis of every chapter of the Hebrew Bible to host the November 2018 (Due December 1). As of today, I do not have a volunteer for the December 2018 carnival (Due January 1), or any carnivals for 2019. I have had fewer volunteers over the last few months, so this is your chance to step up and host a carnival. This is true for veteran bloggers as well as newer academic blogs. 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).

Summer Carnival

Celebrate the end of long hot summer with the September 2018 Biblical Studies Carnival hosted by Jim West, the Grand Poobah of Biblio-blogging. Jim has hosted many carnivals and often has focused on some particular issue or theme. Not sure what he has planned for this carnival, but he is asking for readers to send him nominations for the best and brightest blog posts on biblical or theological topics, biblical languages, Church history, archaeology, or anything else you think worthy of inclusion in this Month’s carnival. Contact him on Zwinglius Redivivus  or direct message him on Twitter @drjewest, or you can try his FaceBook group, Biblical Studies Discussion List. He may have Pinterest and Etsy account as well.

Looking ahead to the last few months of the year, Jacob Prahlow @prahlowjacob hosts in October 2018 (Due November 1) at Pursuing Veritas. Bob MacDonald @drmacdonald will host in November 2018 (Due December 1) at Dust. I am sure they would appreciate some help as their carnival time draws close.

At this point I have no one for December 2018 (Due January 1) and the 2019 carnival schedule completely open. I would like to have a volunteer for December and start filling in the 2019 schedule. If you are a new blogger, hosting a carnival is a great way to get some exposure. I would also like to see some veterans host again. Contact me via email plong42@gmail.com, or DM on Twitter @plong42 or leave a comment here and I can contact you.

Tenessee Carnival

Photo Stolen from @TheKevenTurner

Kevin Turner posted the 150th Biblical Studies Carnival at Monday Morning Theologian.  August is always a slow month, Kevin says “scholars being busy this month due to school being back in session,” which being interpreted means, we are milking the last few moments of freedom from this summer. He says his blog ” about me pretending to be a theologian. I have no seminary education and do not work in ministry, which is kind of reason behind the name. Theology and the Christian life is something that interest me, though, so here we are.” But he posts quite a bit of good material Follow him on Twitter:  @TheKevenTurner.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a few Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for August 2018, including a few from Andreas Köstenberger at Biblical Foundations. 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).

Next month, the Gaylord Perry of Bibioblogging Jim West, (@drjewest) will host the September 2018 (Due October 1). But I have no one for November 2018 (Due December 1) or December 2018 (Due January 1). If you would like to volunteer 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. Do not make me beg….too late, I am begging.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing.

AnniversarySeptember marks the ten-year anniversary for Reading Acts. The site has grown from an average of only 4 hits a day that first year to about 1300 per day this year. Based on the search engine terms used to find Reading Acts, I assume the site is useful for students working on their homework as well as the occasional pastor looking for some background for sermons and Bible Studies (hits go up on Saturday night for some reason). For the last three years the Summer Series on Second Temple Literature has kept things moving during the otherwise dull days between semesters.

Since most people only show up when I give away books, I have The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, edited by Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser on offer through August 31, and another couple of books planned as giveaways to celebrate the beginning of a new academic semester and new series for Fall 2018.

I will be teaching a class on the Synoptic Gospels this fall semester so I thought I would do something a bit different and blog through the Sermon on the Mount for the next three months. I had the opportunity to teach the Sermon in a Bible Study format last fall at my church and found that was not enough time to cover everything I thought was important. I have read through Scot McKnight and Jonathan Pennington’s recent commentaries on the Sermon and will be interacting with them as I move through Matthew 5-7. I plan to occasionally comment on the Luke version of the Sermon as well, but I do not anticipate doing any full-blown synoptic parallel studies.

Hopefully this focus on the Sermon will be valuable for readers of this blog. Any suggestions for the series?

Of course I will continue to write book reviews, I have several books ready for review now and a small pile of books I need to write up soon.

I also plan to make some cosmetic changes in the near future (assuming I can find some time!)  I want to gather some of the major series into a single page to help users navigate the blog and find the information they need. The search box works, but it is not always clear which posts go where.

Thanks for ten good years, hopefully there are many more to come.

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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