Biblical Studies Carnival 175 for September 2020

Brent Niedergall posted a Dr. Seuss oriented Biblical studies carnival for September 2020. It looks great and has plenty of links to the best Biblical and Theological posts last month.

Carnival 175 Dr Seuss

Jim West has already issued a call for links for the Biblical Studies Carnival for October 2020 (due November 1). Bobby Howell at The Library Musings will host the November 2020 (Due December 1).

I am desperately seeking for December 2020 (Due January 1) and any month in 2021. Please contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a carnival. I would love to see some veteran bloggers step up, but at this point I cannot really be too picky.

In other Biblioblog News, Brian Small posted a few Hebrews Highlights August 2020.

I edited the Biblical Studies Carnival Master list and posted it to a tab at the top of this page. It is not perfect but it is a start for now. You can click an older carnivals, although many of the earliest blogs are no longer online. I might be able to find those using the Wayback Machine, but I did not have time to run down all the dead links.

Biblical Studies Carnival 174 for August 2020

August is always a slow month for the Bibliblog community. University professors struggle with the tail end of summer combined with the sudden realization they really should think about prepping syllabi for the fall. This year, a healthy helping of ever-changing COVID-19 policies made planning for the fall quite an adventure.

I have already taught an August intensive class face-to-face. Sort of. Everyone wore masks at sat six feet apart, half my class was in another room watching via Google Hangouts, and I lectured from behind a plex-glass shield. Sadly, it was not bullet proof, but it did save students from encountering in the diseased contents of my lungs. But the fact it is September 1 and I am teaching real live students in a classroom is something of an improvement over March 15.

University of Zoom Meme

In biblio-blogging news, Brent Niedergall is hosting the next carnival, Jim West hosts in October 2020 (due November 1), and Bobby Howell will do November 2020 (Due December 1).  I am desperately seeking for December 2020 (Due January 1), and any month in 2021. Please contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a carnival. I would love to see some veteran bloggers step up, but at this point I cannot really be too picky.

I have edited the Biblical Studies Carnival Master list and posted it to a tab at the top of this page. It is not perfect and I will continue to tweak the look and feel. You can click an older carnivals, although many of the earliest blogs are no longer online. I might be able to find those using the Wayback Machine, but I did not have time to run down all the dead links. More to come.

 

Teaching with COVID

Zoom Call memeJames McGrath comments on Michael Peppard’s article on why educators must reimagine remote learning and provides a collection of links to other articles on remote learning. McGrath also had a post on Gamifying for a Better Fall Semester. To be clear, McGrath defines gamification as “adopting of a points-based approach to grading, not to specific activities that might be game-like.”

Brian LePort has a new blog (to me at least), Google-Hermeneutics and Wiki-Exegesis: Studying and Practicing Religion in the Information Age, with some helps for remote learning, including a link to AAR’s ‘A Proven Practice’ series.

AWOL maintains a list of Active Open Access Journals. If you are not on a university campus with access to JSTOR, you may be interested in their online database, now with free access until the end of the year. “To support researchers during this challenging time in which many are unable to get to physical libraries, we have expanded our free read-online access to 100 articles per month through December 31, 2020.” You have to register (which is harmless) in order to access this otherwise expensive database.

David Turner reflects on Matthew 14 and doing ministry in during COVID.

Michael J. Kruger posted his annual reposting of Is It a Waste of Time for Seminary Students (and Pastors) to Learn the Biblical Languages?  [narrator’s voice: it’s not]

Hebrew Bible/LXX

At TheTorah.com, James Diamond, Discerning False Prophecy: The Story of Ahab and the Lying Spirit and Naama Golan, The Statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream and the Golden Calf. Robert Eisen asks, What Is the Basis for the Draft in Jewish Law?

Jonathan Laden describes a Military Fort Discovered from Time of Biblical Judges. Here is a news story on the site. This fort also makes Bryan Windle’s Top Three Reports in Biblical Archaeology for August.

Jacob L. Wright, Rahab: Between Faith and Works.

Bob MacDonald continues his exploration of music and the Hebrew Bible with The Ubiquitous Silluq, Ga’ya, and Metheg. Bob is also celebrating his 75th birthday with a fundraiser for the Hebrew Bible Music project. There is just a week left to help him reach his goal, so click through to the fundraiser page and be generous.

Theodore J. Lewis, The Fascination, Challenges, and Joys of Being a Historian of Ancient Israelite Religion. Based on his recent The Origin and Character of God: Ancient Israelite Religion through the Lens of Divinity (Oxford University Press, 2020).

William Ross interviews Mark Awabdy who recently published a commentary on the Greek text of Leviticus. Ross also has a quick note on Seth Ehorn’s volume in The Baylor Handbook on the Septuagint (BHLXX).

In other LXX News, Brent Niedergall continued his Battle of the Lexicon series, pitting Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint by Lust, Eynikel, and Hauspie (LEH) and A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint by Takamitsu Muraoka (GELS).

Archaeology

The discovery of a rare stash of pure gold coins from the Abbasid Caliphate period, dated around 1,100 years ago made the news. The coins are made of pure gold, the total weight of the hoard is about 845 grams of pure gold. The cache was found in an archaeological site by a volunteer.

Recordings from Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship: A Public Conference, which took place virtually on May 17-20, 2020 are now available.

Megan Sauter on Anastylosis at Machaerus, Where John the Baptist Was Beheaded.

Ken Dark  on The Archaeology of Nazareth in the Early First Century.

John DeLancey visits Lachish and Masada, with videos. Here is a video interview with Jodi Magness on her new book, Masada.

Robin Ngo on a Canaanite Fortress Discovered in the City of David.

It seemed like the Givati Parking Lot Excavation at the City of David was in the news several times this month. For example, the ashes of Jerusalem’s biblical fall still show at dig near Old City.

Paul Anderson, John: The Mundane Gospel and its Archaeology-Related Features. This one is from July, but it is a good article so I included anyway.

Carl Rasmussen posted on Samothrace, Seldom Visited by Tourists, BUT Visited by Paul (Acts 16:11). Carl also posted A Fortress on Patmos and Nazareth: Perfect Crusader Capitals — Scenes from the Gospels and Acts.

Not really a bibliblog, but Atlas Obscura has an excellent article on The Strange Afterlife of a Mysterious Tomb Inscription at Beit Guvrin. Although the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park is not a popular tourist site for Christians to visit, the site is fascinating.

More geology than archaeology, World’s Longest Marlstone Cave Discovered in Israel Near Dead Sea. Ferrill Jenkins asks the question on all of our minds these days, “How would Bet Guvrin look during a pandemic?

Posted July 30, a Gold diadem found in Roman-era sarcophagus in Izmir, Turkey (biblical Smyrna).

New Testament

Commenting in Brian J. Wright’s book Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus, Timothy N. Mitchell asks some questions about Burning Magical Books in Ephesus (Acts 19:20).

Καταπέτασμα at Scribes of the Kingdom posted The demonized Gerasene and the paganized Greek: eschatological allegory in Mark 5:1-20. “For Mark and the early Christians, this central hope of Christ’s victory over the paganized world at his parousia was dramatized in the legend of the Gerasene demoniac.”

Marg Mowczko posted a nice piece on Romans 14 and the Divisive Issue of Women Pastors. She says, “The church at Rome was experiencing conflict and division over a few issues, but the issue of female pastors, or ministers, does not seem to have been one of them. Still, I believe it’s useful to think on our issue in light of Paul’s teaching about not judging the weaker brother or sister. This principle in Romans 14 of not judging has applications beyond different attitudes about diet.”

Bobby Howell added two more installments to his series on the phrase “test the spirits to see whether they are from God…” (1 John 4:1, ESV).

Chuck Bumgardner at Pastoral Epistles posted a series of links to important studies on the PE.

Laura Martin at Enough Light rules out a possible interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:11-15. Is there a timeless foundational principle that women are more easily deceived?

Brian Small suggests reading Hebrews in a Time of Pandemic by providing a link to Andrew T. Lincoln, “Reading Hebrews in a Time of Pandemic: Heroism and Hope in the Face of Fear.” Expository Times 131.11 (2020): 471–79.

Reading Acts read Revelation this summer, and darn near finished it: A Lament for Fallen Babylon – Revelation 18:1-3, Three Woes against Babylon – Revelation 18:9-20 and The Rider on the White Horse – Revelation 19:11-16.

James McGrath reacts to Jason Staples’ recent guest posts on Bart Ehrman’s blog.

Brent Nongbri updates a recent talk on early Coptic books with even more recent data, New Radiocarbon Calibration Curve and Early Christian Manuscripts.

The Institute for New Testament Textual Research (INTF) Blog published a guest post from Gerd Mink responding to Stephen Carlson’s article, “A Bias at the Heart of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM),” in Journal of Biblical Literature.

Rob Bradshaw has added George Milligan, Here & There Among the Papyri (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923) to his site. Rob has maintained BiblicalStudies.org.uk for many years and he has an excellent collection of hard-to-find journals and other resources.

The Zondervan Academic posted five new podcasts to promote N. T. Wright and Michael Bird’s the New Testament in Its World.

  • Craig Keener, Beginning New Testament Study, and a Conversation in Jerusalem
  • Lynn Cohick, Canonization, and N.T. Wright’s Reading and Research Habits
  • Jeannine K. Brown, the Jewish Context of Jesus, and “Faith in Christ” vs. “Faithfulness of Christ”
  • Nijay Gupta, the Story of Paul’s Life and Ministry, and N.T. Wright’s Favorite New Testament Book
  • Esau McCaulley, The Afterlife in Greco-Roman Thought, and Teaching the New Testament

Theology

James McGrath shares a link to the Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio program whose latest episode features me talking with host Miguel Conner about the topic “The Shared Origins of Monotheism, Evil & Gnosticism”.

Laura tells us what is wrong with this umbrella diagram representing Christian marriage.

The Amateur Exegete has been posting excerpts from his reading along with a four part series, Contradictions in the Empty Tomb Narratives: A Response to Erik Manning, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

On Scribes of the Kingdom, An apocalyptic Trinitarianism? “When the apocalyptic flood had at last been dried up and the nations woke up in a new world, only the cult of the Christ-god remained.”

Jim West reminds us of Emil Brunner’s Rejection of the Heresy of Universalism.

Book Reviews

Brent Nongbri has some first thoughts on Ariel Sabar’s Veritas (Doubleday, 2020). Sabar “clinically dissects the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife episode in a way that reflects pretty poorly on parts of our guild.”  Tony Burke at Apocryphicity has a long post on the book as well. Peter Gurry collects some press releases and early reviews. Robert Mazza looks at the dark side of truth in his review of the book. Here is an hour-long video from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore interviewing Sabar.

Greg Carey reviews The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity. Edited by Ronald J. Sider (Cascade Books, 2020).

Andrea L. Turpin at The Anxious Bench offers a survey of recent books on Recent Books on Women & Gender in American Religious History.

Brent Niedergall reviews John A. L. Lee, The Greek of the Pentateuch (Oxford, 2020) and the new Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Mark by Joel Williams (B&H 2020).

Chuck Bumgardner posted a convenient overview of recent articles and book reviews on the Pastoral Epistles.

Reading Acts read (and reviewed):

Reviewing Kristin Kobes du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne. How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, Matthijs Schuurman on evangelicals’ militant masculinity and reminds everyone the president rules the country, not a church.

Nijay Gupta shares his list of the Top 10 New Books in New Testament Studies published in August and September 2020. Grab your credit cards and head to your favorite bookstore to order them all. Nijay has been running a great series on “The Editors behind the Great Books in New Testament Studies,” here is Katya Corvett from Zondervan.  He posted the announcement of the new Commentaries for Christian Formation (CCF) from Eerdmans, including a new commentary on Galatians from N. T. Wright. Nijay is working on the Galatians commentary in the Story of God series from Zondervan, but there is really only one commentary on Galatians everyone needs, right?

Andrew Keanan has a short note on Christoph Helig, Paulus als Erzähler? (BZNW; De Gruyter, 2020).

Kenson Gonzalez reviewed Peter J. Gentry, How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets (Crossway, 2020) and Richard Bauckham, Who is God? (Baker, 2020).

If you are looking for an early birthday present for me, the first volume of Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint is now available.

News of the Day

ASOR took the word “oriental” out of their name.

Karen Swallow Prior has words for Jerry Falwell. Jr.

Ben Witherington discusses The Difference between Critical and Sceptical [sic] Thinking.

Women’s Classical Committee: Classical Blogs and Sites by Women (updated August 2020)

When Baptists Believed in the Bible—and Bourbon, the sort of Church History we really need.

Chris Gerez on The Religious History of the 19th Amendment. That’s the one about women’s suffrage for you white male evangelicals.  Tony Keddie on U.S. Republicans and the Fallacy of Biblical Capitalism.

Why White Christians Need Hip-Hop.

Eric Metaxas became a meme. Again.

News you can use: This Is How They Wiped Themselves in Ancient Rome. “A very gross but extremely informative look at the archaeology of toilet hygiene.”

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.

Biblical Studies Carnival 172 for June 2020

Jim West hosts the Biblical Studies Carnival for June 2020 at Zwinglius Redivivus. He entitled it “Its the ‘Pandemic / Societal Apocalypse / Is June Finally Over? / Ugh What a Miserable Month’ Edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival.” Jim is correct, June was not a particularly good month. We keep thinking it is going to get better next month, but the trend does seem to be pointing toward “immanent apocalypse.” On June 1 everyone was assuming COVID would take the summer off and everything could return to normal. By June 30, COVID is even busier and businesses are shutting down again. Just when you thought racist attacks on people of color couldn’t get any worse, George Floyd is killed and protests shook most communities across America (and the world). Just when you thought the current administration could not possibly shock us with embarrass itself and the nation any worse that it already has….well you get the idea.

Biblical Studies is not immune from sin and stupidity. This month most people heard Old Testament scholar Jan Joosten was arrested and sentenced to prison to a year in prison for possession of child pornography. For me this was shocking, but it led to comparison to other scholars who have been arrested and convicted for similar crimes, some of which were news to me. Late in the month, the Logos Academic Blog posted a study on what the Law says about eating bats. The author attempted humor but ending up insulting people with what appeared to be racist comments. When scholars like Max Lee (follow him on twitter, @ProfMaxLee) and Jennifer Guo (follow her on twitter, @jenniferguo) made serious protests, the #LogosBatPost led to an apology from Logos CEO Bob Pritchett.

On June 26, James Dunn died. Many bloggers have posted tributes to one of the most significant New Testament scholars in the last fifty years. it is hard to image writing on the Gospels or the Pauline literature without interacting with James Dunn.

Jim West's Major AwardMy theory is someone from the future keeps time traveling back to January 2020 and is trying to fix everything but they just keep making it worse. This makes more sense that some of the crazy conspiracy theories floating around FaceBook or YouTube.

The good news is we now have Jim’s Biblical Studies Carnival to uplift our spirits. He has a collection of links for the Hebrew Bible/LXX, New Testament, Archaeology, Books, and Miscellaneous. He has also collected choice Tweets on biblical or theological topics from June. Head over to Jim’s Carnival and see what academic biblical blogs have been up to in June.

Here’s the schedule for the next few Biblical Studies Carnivals:

  • July 2020 – Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) has the July carnival.
  • August 2020 – Phillip Long, Reading Acts (right here!)
  • September 2020 – Brent Niedergall

I am looking for volunteers through 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.

Biblical Studies Carnival 171 for May 2020

March and April 2020 were bad months for most people as COVID-19 changed the way we lived. Just as many people were preparing to return to work for the first time in three months, May ended with another murder of a black man in police custody followed by riots throughout the country. Given the loss of life from the pandemic and the deep divisions in America playing out nightly in the streets of many cities, commenting on an academic issues in biblical and theological studies seems less important. I really do not think shouting at each other on Twitter helps, and I am confident passing along conspiracy theories on FaceBook makes things worse.

Despite all the weirdness and evil in the news over the last month, there were some quality academic posts in the world of biblical and theological studies this month. This month’s Biblical Studies Carnival host Bobby Howell posted the Biblical Studies Carnival 171 for May 2020 at The Library Musings. Head over to his blog and check out his collection of postings during the month of May. He focuses on Old and New Testament, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew and  a helpful set of links to articles at Torah.com. Click all the links!

In other blogging news, Aaron White has returned to blogging as he begins his Brill LXX Commentary on Judges, Pastor-Scholar Meets Commentary: A Log on Writing a Commentary. Bookmark it, but also read his comments on The Mysterious Mu.

Brian Small had some links to reviews on Hebrews resources posted in May, I miss the old Hebrews mini-carnivals he used to post.

James McGrath posted several excellent posts on making the transition to online teaching and the future of education in the post-COVID-19 world.

 

For future Biblical Studies Carnivals…I have a couple of veteran bloggers lined up for the next two months. The godfather of blibioblogs Jim West (@EmilBrunner1) will host the June Carnival and Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) has the July carnival. I am looking for volunteers through the rest of the year starting with August 2020 (Due September 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.

Would you like to see your posts included in 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.

Biblical Studies Carnival 170 for April 2020

Peter Goeman posted the 170th Biblical Studies Carnival for April 2020.  If you do not know Peter, he is professor of Old Testament and Biblical Language at Shepherd’s Theological Seminary in Cary, NC. He has been blogging since 2014, but this is his first carnival.

Like Brent Niedergall’s Carnival last month, Peter has really done a great job collecting link to all things Biblical Studies around the internet for the month of April. He covers the usual categories along with a timely section on Coronavirus and the Church’s Response and Easter during the pandemic. He includes collections of book reviews and a few interesting biblical studies podcast. I especially liked the section on doing education online.

Circus, Carnival by Becky Phan

 

The May 2020 Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by Bobby Howell at The Library Musings and Jim West will host in June. Even if you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again. I am always interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. If you have questions about what writing a carnival involves, contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or twitter DM @plong42

Biblical Studies Carnival 169 for March 2020

Brent Niedergall posted the Biblical Studies Carnival 169 for March 2020, and it is a good one. Plenty of great links to all things Biblical Studies around the internet for the month of March. He has links to quite a few blogs which are new to me. Head over to Brent’s blog and click all the links and tell him how much you appreciate his work.

Like a good carnival, Brent has fun and games and a few prizes. He has an exclusive coupon code for Carnival readers courtesy of Baylor University Press and an amazing giveaway from Lexham Press. There are links to free stuff from Randy Leedy from NTGreekGuy.com. All he needs is popcorn and an elephant ear truck to make this the perfect carnival.

A word about the numbering: Bob MacDonald (who really knows numbers) has insisted for quite a while that the numbering was wrong. I went over the past carnival lists and could not figure out where the error was, but honestly, I do not do numbers very well. Much like my bank statement, I will accept that Bob has been right all along and this is really the 169th Biblical Studies Blog.  I have been cajoling people into hosting the carnival since August 2012, and for the first time in that nearly eight year period, I do not have a host for the next carnival. Usually I have four or five months lined up, but for now, no one has volunteered.

I can always host a month and I know Jim West is always willing and quite capable, but I would like to see a few volunteers to use some of their shelter-in-place time to curate a Biblical Studies Carnival. Even if you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again. I am always interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. If you have questions about what writing a carnival involves, contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or twitter DM @plong42

 

Biblical Studies Carnival 169 for February 2020

Bob MacDonald posted a Mardi Gras themed Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2020.  You might know Bob from his extremely detailed musical studies, but his has been active as a Biblio-Blogger for many years and has hosted the Carnival several times. He has collected a wide range of serious biblical and theological posts, all are worthy of a click. Maybe add a few new blogs to your regular reading list.

Next month Brent Niedergall hosts the March 2020 (Due April 1). I have gotten to know Brent a bit over the last couple of months and I am looking forward to his carnival.

I getting a bit desperate for volunteers for the rest of 2020. As of March 1, no one has volunteer for the rest of the year. Even if you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again. I am always interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. If you have questions about what writing a carnival involves, contact me via email, plong42@gmail.com or twitter DM @plong42

Carnivals are fun to write and a good Carnival draws attention to your blog. The Amateur Exegete posted his year in Blog Summary recently, his August 2019 carnival was his second most popular post of the year.

Biblical Studies Carnival 168 for January 2020

Jim West shows everyone how to write a Biblical Studies Carnival with his January 2020 carnival. Jim has been blogging since Zwingli was a young pastor of the Grossmünster. His carnival is “fully stocked, cleverly curated, and vividly presented.” It really is a good carnival, so Carnival Rookies take note.Great links, some humor, and he used a pic of one of my students doing archaeology.

Jim West's Major Award

One unique feature to this month’s carnival is a section on “Tweets and Tweeters.” Like a certain world leader, Jim uses Twitter quite a bit and has a few interesting threads and tweets. Think of this as a list of people to follow on Twitter. If you do not twitter, then this paragraph made no sense whatsoever.

Bob MacDonald is hosting the February carnival (due March 1) and newcomer Brent Niedergall hosts in March 2020 (Due April 1). I am looking for volunteers for the rest of 2020. If you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again, but I am also interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. Six of the hosts in 2019 were first-time hosts.

Carnivals are fun to write and a good Carnival draws attention to your blog. The Amateur Exegete posted his year in Blog Summary recently, his August 2019 carnival was his second most popular post of the year.

I would love to hear from a few volunteers and fill out the 2020 Biblioblog schedule, so contact me at plong42@gmail.com or twitter dm @plong42 to volunteer to host!

Biblical Studies Carnival 167 for December 2019

Alex Finkelson posted an excellent year-end Biblical Studies Carnival at Scribes of the Kingdom. He has a great collection of posts on Christmas and Hanukkah themes as well as links to a few “best-of-the-year lists.” Along with the usual categories of OT/NT/Theology, Alex has a nice list of “new publications that look promising” and a collection of book reviews posted in December.

Jim West will ring in the start the 2020 Biblio-blogging season off with the January 2020 carnival and veteran Biblio-blogger Bob MacDonald is hosting the February carnival (due March 1) and newcomer Brent Niedergall hosts in March 2020 (Due April 1).

I am looking for volunteers for the rest of 2020. If you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again, but I am also interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. Six of the hosts in 2019 were first-time hosts.

Carnivals are fun to write and a good Carnival draws attention to your blog. The Amateur Exegete posted his year in Blog Summary last week, his August 2019 carnival was his second most popular post of the year.

I would love to hear from a few volunteers and fill out the 2020 Biblioblog schedule, so contact me at plong42@gmail.com or twitter dm @plong42 to volunteer to host!