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June is usually a slow month for Bibliobloggers. Academics disappear for three months, pastors go on vacation and some strange people go outside and enjoy warm weather. nevertheless there was quite a bit activity of interest to biblical studies blogging, especially at the end of the month.

Just in time to be included in this carnival is the return of Peter Kirby’s The Biblioblog Top 50 return for a Top Fifty List. Although the site is celebrating ten years, there has been nothing new on the site since January of 2016, and the last “top fifty” list was April 2015. The June 2018 list is dated; many of the blogs on Peter’s list have not posted more than a handful times in 2018. I notice Marg Mowczko is missing entirely (perhaps Peter did not notice she moved from New Life to a new URL), yet Mark Goodacre’s NT Podcast is included although it has not been updated since January 18, 2018. Dr. Platypus is on the list, even though he has posted only once in 2018 and that a link to Jacob Prahlow’s carnival in February. Why Jacob’s fine blog Pursuing Veritas is missing is another mystery. Dan Wallace’s blog has two (albeit significant) posts in the first half of 2018 and makes the list, but Conciliar Post has four years of quality post and does not crack the top fifty. Bart Erhman does post regularly, but most of his posts are behind a paywall. There are other long time, active bloggers missing as well.

Peter also updated the list of Biblioblog Carnivals and corrected an error (or textual variation, which sounds better). Since January the Carnival numbers have been off. I blame the shift away from Roman numerals (which no one really understands when the are too large). Today’s carnival is correctly numbered.

James McGrath is thinking about starting a podcast. He is asking for suggestions for topics and potential interviews, so follow the link and offer a few suggestions.

Long time Grand Rapids Theological Seminary prof David Turner has launched a new blog. He made two posts in May then went on vacation, but I am expecting good things.

I have the next three carnivals scheduled: Karen R. Keen (@Keen_KR) is hosting the July 2018 carnival, so feel free to send her some links. Karen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University, with a specialization in Old Testament. Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian has the August 2018 (Due September 1). Jim West will be our host for the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1). In the six years I have been organizing the Carnival, Jim has hosted ten times and always does a great job (even if he never spells my name right). [Late Edit: Jim likes doing carnivals so much he went ahead and did one even though he was not on the list until September! Senior Moment?]

If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer. 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. I tis not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.

In other news, despite the typical June-swoon for traffic, Reading Acts hit a milestone this month by passing the 4000 follower mark. If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs). If you are looking for a more wild biblical studies experience, stop in at r/AcademicBiblical or  r/AskBibleScholars at Reddit. Reddit can be a scary place, but these two subreddits are often quite good for academic discussions (trolls are quickly moderated out of existence).  If you are into twitter, follow me @plong42. I am less interesting than the president’s twitter account, but I also promise to not impose tariffs on you.

Before starting this month’s carnival, I will take a moment to mark two significant events in June for Biblical Studies. First, Philip Davies passed away on May 31 and many bloggers offered tribute to Davies, if I missed yours feel free to add it to the comments below.

Another sad recent passing this month is Bibleworks, which is shutting down after 26 years. The software will continue to work, but support will shift to the community (forums and knowledge base). Many bloggers lamented this and offered tributes to their favorite Bible software.  Mark Hoffman offers some advice on what to do if you are invested in Bibleworks and points out some migration offers from Accordance.  Abram K-J laments the passing of Bibleworks, saying “BibleWorks has been a big part of my ongoing journey through the Bible via Hebrew and Greek.”

 

Old Testament

 

For links and commentary on the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature, check out James Davila’s PaleoJudaica. If you are looking for the real #1 biblioblog, PaleoJudaica is it. Another daily source of links to similar resources is The Ancient World Online (AWOL). You need to bookmark/subscribe to both of these sites.

Claude Mariottini comments on Pharaoh and His Army and Nebuchadnezzar and the Fall of Jerusalem.

Konrad Schmid, Who Wrote the Torah? Textual, Historical, Sociological, and Ideological Cornerstones of the Formation of the Pentateuch.

Tim Bulkeley has several interesting podcasts this month, including Arguing with God (Jer 12:1-4) and another on the audience for Genesis.

Joshua Schendel, Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Psalm 46).

The most productive blogger of the month is Bob MacDonald. He continues his detailed analysis of Hebrew texts as music. This month he has done: Genesis 43; Isaiah 24; Jeremiah 4; Judges 7; Psalms 9-10; Nehemiah 5; 2 Chronicles 13; Genesis 44; Ezekiel 39; 2 Samuel 16; Jeremiah 10; Psalms 20; 1 Chronicles 24; Deuteronomy 25; Isaiah 27; 1 Samuel 16; Judges 6; 2 Chronicles 24; Psalms 113; Numbers 35; 1 Samuel 23; Genesis 38; 1 Chronicles 23; Ezekiel 26; Jeremiah 12; Psalm 81; 2 Samuel 21; and Judges 18.

William Brown at The Bible Review asks “What is Akkadian?”

Lindsay Kennedy at My Digital Seminary has been producing The Psalmcast, episode #09 launched in June, Jesus, the Psalmist.

Brian W. Davidson calls attention to Critique textuelle de l’Ancien Testament Online.

Archaeology

 

 

Not exactly a BiblioBlogger, but an interested long-read in Hyperallergic by Michael Press, An Illegal Archeological Dig in the West Bank Raises Questions About the Museum of the Bible.

This Times of Israel article on “Upstart carbon dating study could force rewrite of Holy Land’s biblical timeline” should spark some discussion.

Ticia Verveer posted an excellent piece on the 2,000-year-old synagogue at Gamla with some photographs.

A small head dating from the late Iron Age IIA (9th century BC) was put on display this month at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The head was discovered in a joint excavation by Azusa Pacific University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Tel Abel Beth Maacah. “Despite the head’s small and innocuous appearance, it provides us with a unique opportunity to gaze into the eyes of a famous person from the past.”

eBay, Organized Crime, and Evangelical Christians: The Ethical Minefield of Studying Ancient Civilizations.

Three fourth century BCE Jewish-minted coins found in Jerusalem and a Bar Kochba coin in a cave near Modiin.

Second Temple Period

Tim Chastain at Jesus without Baggage looks at The Fall of Satan in the Book of Enoch.

Jones Mendonça at Numinosumteologia discusses Philo’s view of Jewish law on the lawfulness of certain sexual practices.

Reading Acts has a series of posts on Second Temple Literature:

New Testament

 

Benjamin Corey, What Jesus Talked About When He Talked About Hell.

Matthew W. Ferguson (doctoral candidate in Classics at the University of California, Irvine) asks “Should Legendary Development Have Occurred More Rapidly for Alexander the Great than Jesus?”

Tim Chastain At Jesus Without Baggage asks How Dependable are the Books of Matthew and Luke?

David Watson on The Real Message of Romans 13

James McGrath, Jesus: A Gluttonous Drunken Disobedient Son?

Paloma Herrera at The Two Cities (A collaborative blog on theology, culture, and discipleship) examines a “new trend” in Biblical theology: The Apocalyptic Perspective.

Tim Chastin asks, Did Jesus Send Demons into a Herd of Pigs?

At The Jesus Memoirs Michael Kok has been hard at work this month in the book of Acts.

Marg Mowczko had several fascinating posts this month: Junia: The Jewish Woman who was Imprisoned with Paul, Paul on Gender Roles in Ministry and Marriage, and  “Must manage his own household well” (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

Ian Paul offers The historic reading of 1 Tim 2 at his blog, Phiszo. He interacts with a Kevin Giles atrticle EQ from 2000. Congratulations to Ian as his commentary in the IVP Tyndale Series was published this month.

Dan Wallace did a mea culpa on p137, “First Century Mark” Fragment: Second Update and Elijah Hixson offers a summary and update on this interesting (but not as interesting as first claimed) papyri. James McGrath has additional links, summary and commentary on the issue as well, see his The Fragment Formerly Known as “First Century Mark.”  Here is the Christianity Today new roundup on the manuscript.

The Complete Series on Σκύβαλον. Mike Aubrey shares everything you ever wanted to know about Σκύβαλον in four posts.

Keith Giles on The Mark Of The Beast.

Theology

 

June marks four years of blogging for the Conciliar Post.  Contributor Caleb Little (doctoral student at Baylor University) has an excellent piece on Gregory of Nazianzus and the practice of silence as a spiritual discipline:  A Humble Silence.

John Bergsma on The Nativity of John the Baptist at The Sacred Page.

Kayle Curley, contributor at The Two Cities, Augustine, Original Sin, and a Lesson on Friendship

Timon Cline, Power Perfected in Weakness: Luther on Politics and the Church. Cline also compared Andy Stanley to Erasmus in A Modern Erasmian. “Andy Stanley’s vision of the Christian life, and indeed church reform, mirrors that of Erasmus. . . Like Erasmus, Stanley, though he has never said it outright, seems to think that those who insist on doctrinal rigidity exhibit a hostile, unwholesome attitude that founders the Church.

Andrew Perriman offers ” a simple schematic overview of the history of interpretation” – Alexandria and Antioch: a revised tale of two cities.

D. G. Hart points out Reformed Does Not Equal Calvinist.

Ian Paul asks, “Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’?”

Henry Neufeld has some problems with church buildings.

Joshua Gillies at Theologians Inc., Against Pure A Priori-ism

Book Reviews

 

 

Ashford, Bruce. Letters to an American Christian (B&H 2018).

Albertz. Rainer. Pentateuchstudien. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018. Reviewed by Airton José da Silva at Observatório Bíblico.

Beitzel ed. Barry J. Lexham Geographical Commentary on the Gospels (Lexham 2018). Reviewed by Phillip J. Long.

Beitzel ed. Barry J. Lexham Geographical Commentary on the Gospels (Lexham 2018). Reviewed by Randy McCraken.

Brannan, Rick. The Apostolic Fathers in English (Lexham 2018).

Brannan, Rick. Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha. (Lexham 2017).

Couey, J. B. Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Crossway ESV Archaeology Study Bible (2018). Reviewed by Mark Hoffman at Biblical Studies and Technology Tools.

Hurtado, Larry W. Honoring the Son (Lexham, 2018). Reviewed by Phillip J. Long.

Hurtado, Larry W. Honoring the Son (Lexham, 2018). Reviewed by Randy McCraken

Myers, Ben. The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism (Lexham 2018).

Schreiner, Thomas R. Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter (B&H 2018).

Wenham, David. From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say about Jesus? (Eerdmans 2018).

Wenham, Gordon J., Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch. (IVP Academic, 2016). Reviewed by Kevin McKissick.

Zoccali, Christopher. Reading Philippians after Supersessionism (Cascade, 2017). Reviewed by Lindsey Kennedy.

Book Notes

Nijay Gupta is crowdsourcing a revision of his Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011). He is asking for your advice on navigating a PhD program. Follow the link and offer him a few suggestions.

John Fea’s Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump was published by Eerdmans at the end of June and is generating some good discussion. Fea himself answers ten questions about the book, and Chris Gehrz thinks you should read the book. Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian has already posted a review.  Salon has a lengthy and mostly friendly write up of the book: “Fea’s individualist focus truncates his analysis repeatedly throughout his book, despite his clear understanding and concern for the importance of community. This does not detract from his stated intention in writing the book, to “spur conversations and initiatives born out of possible answers.” Hopefully there will be some engagement with this book in the next month or two.

Jacob Cerone announced the publication of his 1 & 2 Clement Greek Reader (Glossalia, 2018) in March, and gave away a copy in June. I have used these readers for classes in the past and they are very handy for reading the Greek Apostolic Fathers.

Culture, Politics, and Etc.  

 

Keith Giles welcomes us to Post Christian America.

Neil Carter, Evangelicals and the Whitewashing of Jesus. “Simply put, there is no natural place for social justice within white evangelical theology.” James McGrath posted a follow-up, A Social Justice Shaped Hole in the Evangelical Church.

Methodist biblical scholar Jeff Sessions offered some exegesis of Romans 13 as applied to the current US border debate. Other (actual) scholars disagree. Craig Keener on Families Separated at the Border—Genesis 12 and Romans 13ConsiderFaith also has a few comments about Jeff Sessions and Romans 13, “For the Bible tells me So (Well, at least those parts that support my politics)” and suggests Peace and Honesty Can help Solve Our Immigration Problem. John Fea has a few words on Sessions use of Romans 13 as well.  Fea aslo commented on Evangelicals and Immigration: 4 Views.

Ian Paul, Should we always obey the government?

Melania Trump wore a particularly controversial jacket.

Benjamin Corey, Trump’s Dehumanizing Language Is An Assault Against Our Christian Foundation. “Regardless of how one interprets the book of Genesis, the Christian foundation ultimately begins with the belief that human beings were created in the image and likeness of God.”

Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Basta to John W. Loftus pointing out this video (which I wish was a Babylon Bee parody, but it isn’t): Pastor Jim Bakker Helps You Stay Alive During the Apocalypse! Come for the goofy apocalyptic stuff, stay for the praise band cover of Staying Alive.

 

 

 

 

Typical Bloggers getting ready for the Carnival

Tim Bulkeley hosted the carnival on his 5 Minute Bible podcast page. Tim featured biblical and theological podcasts, although his hope bloggers would all convert to podcasts for the month (or at least once) did not materialize. Jim West explained How I Became Me… A Horrifying Video and time interviewed Bob MacDonald on his fascination with biblical languages and music. So head over to Tim’s 5 Minute Bible and check out his Biblical Studies Carnival. As most postcasters and youtubers say, be sure to click subscribe.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a few Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for May. If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs). If you are looking for a more wild biblical studies experience, stop in at r/AcademicBiblical or  r/AskBibleScholars at Reddit. Reddit can be a scary place, but these two subreddits are often quite good for academic discussions (trolls are quickly moderated out of existence).

I do not have a host for June (due July 1) or August (due Sept 1). I plan on covering June unless someone steps up, but I would really like to cover August and October through the end of the year. Karen R. Keen (@Keen_KR) is hosting the July 2018 (Due August 1) carnival. She is taking a little time away from finishing her doctoral dissertation on Israelite ethics and violence in the Old Testament at at Marquette University.

October through December 2018 is still still open, so feel free to volunteer for the fall months as well.  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….

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

Ruben Rus posted the 146th Biblical Studies Carnival for April 2018 at his blog, Ayuda Ministerial. Ruben has been blogging for a long time and is one of the few pages collecting both English and Spanish resources. You should add Ruben’s site to your regular reading list.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a few Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for April.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs). If you are looking for a more wild biblical studies experience, stop in at r/AcademicBiblical or  r/AskBibleScholars at Reddit. Reddit can be a scary place, but these two subreddits are often quite good for academic discussions (trolls are quickly moderated out of existence).

Next month Tim Bulkeley will host the carnival on his 5 Minute Bible podcast page. This Carnival will be a little different since Tim will focus on podcasts and videos pertaining to biblical studies (although he may include some traditional blogs). Follow the link and offer some suggestions to Tim: what are the best academic biblical and theological podcasts?

Here is the list for the upcoming Carnivals hosts. Please notice the empty dates – I am in desperate need of a few more volunteers for 2018!

  • June 2018 (Due July 1) –
  • July 2018 (Due August 1) – Karen R. Keen (@Keen_KR), who is completing her doctoral dissertation on Israelite ethics and violence in the Old Testament at at Marquette University.
  • August 2018 (Due September 1) –
  • September 2018 (Due October 1) – Jim West, (@drjewest)

The rest of 2018 is still still open, so feel free to volunteer for the fall months as well. 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….

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

Ain’t no carnival like a Jim West carnival, ’cause a Jim West Carnival just don’t stop.   The 145 Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2018 has been posted at  Zwinglius Redivivus.  Head on over and click all the links. Do not miss Jim’s BiblioBlogger Easter Bunny tribute…or maybe you should miss it.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted an abbreviated Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for March.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

Upcoming Carnivals hosts are:

I have someone for September, but the other 2018 months are still open. I would like to get those summer months covered, so 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….

Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing.

Jacob Prahlow posted the 144 Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2018 at his blog, Pursuing Veritas. Jacob is a veteran blogger who has hosted carnivals in the past, and this one is a fine collection of the best of the biblioblogs on a wide range of topics. He has arranged the carnival into several categories: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Early Christianity, Theology and Hermeneutics, Book Reviews, and News. So head over to Pursuing Veritas, click all the links and thank him for his hard work. You should subscribe to Jacob’s blog, he posts some very good material there.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for February.  Good to see a healthy number of Hebrews posts again this month. If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

Upcoming Carnivals hosts are:

I have someone for September, but the other 2018 months are still open. I would like to get those summer months covered, so 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.

Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing.

Bob MacDonald posed the first Biblical Studies Carnival of 2018 at his blog, Dust. Bob has done an excellent job collecting links to biblioblogs on a wide range of topics. Be sure to thank him for his hard work, and click on all his links to read the best and brightest posted in January. In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS.

Bob made two important observations. First, his Carnival was #143, making the next carnival the twelve year anniversary of the Biblical Studies Carnival.  No pressure on our next host,  Jacob Prahlow, who is hosting the next carnival at Pursing Veritas. You can tweet a few suggests to Jacob as the month goes by, @prahlowjacob.

Second, Bob said “without people named Jim, the carnival would be a less interesting place.” Should I change my name to Jim to get more street-cred as a Biblical Scholar?

Upcoming Carnivals hosts are:

I have someone for September, but the other months are still open. I would like to get those summer months covered, so 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.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests.

Follow me on twitter (@plong42), I tweet less than the president.

Welcome to the final Biblical Studies Carnival for 2017. December is typically a slow month for bloggers both in terms of posts and traffic. Usually everyone reverts to Christmas posts for a few weeks and all the college students plagiarizing their papers are home for the holidays. This means the final Carnival of the year is a bit light on links. Many of the blogs I usually rely on for a Carnival were silent this holiday season.

Here is the lineup for the next few months. I would like to get volunteers for June-August, and the final three months of the year are also open.

  • January 2018 (Due February 1) – Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald)
  • February 2018 (Due March 1) – Jacob Prahlow (@prahlowjacob)
  • March 2018 (Due April 1) – Jim West (@drjewest)
  • April 2018 (Due May 1) – Ruben Rus
  • May 2018 (Due June 1) – Tim Bulkeley
  • June 2018 (Due July 1) –
  • July 2018 (Due August 1) –
  • August 2018 (Due September 1) –
  • September 2018 (Due October 1) – Jim West (@drjewest)

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.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests.

Follow me on twitter (@plong42), I tweet less than the president.

 

Old Testament

 

 

Second Temple Literature (including Canon and Textual Criticism)

 

 

New Testament

 

 

Scholars Ruining Christmas for Everyone

 

 

Scholars Ruining (or not) the Lord’s Prayer for Everyone

 

 

Book Reviews (in no apparent order):

 

Finally, Jim West points out what we all knew: Most Bible Publishers Don’t Know Anything About the Bible.

 

The November 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival is posted by Jim West at Zwinglius Redivivus. Jim titled his carnival “The Wide-Ranging 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival and SBL Annual Meeting Edition.” He has a great collection of links focusing on biblical studies (less theological and no church history this time around). He does include some reports from tweeters at SBL, which he calls the “2017 Side-Show (a.k.a. Freak Show).” I think he is bitter because he could not attend the meetings.

It is a good carnival, but he does call me Paul Long and one point and has this oddity: “Phil Long does a nice job discussing faith and action in a post on Titus. He may be from Texas, but he still makes sense from time to time.” Although I do admit to making sense from time to time, I am from California, and current live in Michigan. I really do not might having my name misreported, but saying I am from Texas is really too much.

The next carnival will be hosted by Jennifer Guo, @jenniferguo. Feel free to offer her a few nominations for the last carnival of 2017.

unfortunately, I do not have any volunteers for January and February 2018 yet. If you are a veteran blogger who has hosted in the past, please consider volunteering again. I would also like a few new bloggers to considered hosting in 2018.Carnivals are a great way to attract attention to your site if you are new blogger, but more importantly it gives you a chance to highlight the best and the brightest in the world of BiblioBlogs.

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.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests.

Follow me on twitter (@plong42), I tweet less than the president.

The October 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival is posted by Doug Chaplin at his blog, Musings of a Christian Humanist. Doug did a great job gather the best of the Bibliblogs for the month. He included a few unique categories (Bible Conspiracies, Canon, Textual Criticism, and Bible translation).  Visit Doug’s carnival and let him know you appreciate his work (and stay around for the comments on this one).

The next two carnivals are already spoken for, and March of 2018 is taken. I would really like to get commitments for January 2018 (due February 1)  and February 2018 (Due March 1) .  If you are a veteran blogger who has hosted in the past, please feel free to volunteer again. I would also like a few new bloggers to considered hosting in 2018.

  • November 2017 (Due December 1) – Jim West, @drjewest
  • December 2017 (Due January 1) – Jennifer Guo,  @jenniferguo

Carnivals are a great way to attract attention to your site if you are new blogger, but more importantly it gives you a chance to highlight the best and the brightest in the world of BibliBlogs. Please email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42). You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but Flipboard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) as well.

Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival for September 2017.  This month I have the privilege to host the carnival, next month Doug Chaplin will host his first carnival at his blog, Musings of a Christian Humanist. The next three carnivals are set:

  • October 2017 (Due November 1) – Doug Chaplin, @dougchaplin
  • November 2017 (Due December 1) – Jim West, @drjewest
  • December 2017 (Due January 1) – Jennifer Guo,  @jenniferguo

I have included a link to the site hosting as well as a twitter account so you can nominate posts during the month by sending them directly to the host. If you do not have a twitter account, contact the host via their blog. As always I am looking for volunteers for 2018. I have two months spoken for but I would love to get January and February covered as soon as possible. Carnivals are a great way to attract attention to your site if you are new blogger, but more importantly it gives you a chance to highlight the best and the brightest in the world of BibliBlogs. Please email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42). You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

In personal blogging news, Reading Acts celebrated its ninth year in September and recently hit the 1.5 million hit mark. When I began the blog in 2008, I rarely saw more than a few hundred hits per month, now I see over 1000 per day. Thanks to the many faithful readers of this blog, as well as the hundreds of spammers who pad my stats.

If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but Flipboard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) as well.

Old Testament

 

Michael Satlow asks, “What are the Ten Commandments?”

Peter Enns talks with Jon D. Levenson on the topic of “Resurrection in the Hebrew Bible” on the Bible for Normal People podcast.

Bob MacDonald interacts with a recent article, Mark Leuchter, “The Ambiguous Details of the Blasphemer Narrative,” JBL 130 (2011), specifically on the details of Leviticus 24.

Preaching Source posted some “preaching pointers” for the Minor Prophets this month, including Steve Lemke, Preaching Pointers from Jonah; Kevin Jordan, Preaching Pointers from Nahum; Jared Musgrove, Preaching Pointers from Zechariah  (advice: “keep it epic”); Matt Beasley, Preaching Pointers from Haggai.

On the ASOR Blog, Richard Elliott Friedman, The Exodus in Archaeology and Text.

Second Temple Period Literature

 

In a fascinating long-read, Martha Himmelfarb reflects on her work Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses after 25 years on the Ancient Jew Review. She says “I no longer see the ascent apocalypses as an unbroken tradition emanating from the Book of the Watchers as I did in Ascent to Heaven.”

Daniel Stevens at the Logos Academic Lab has some great advice on “How to read Josephus in Greek like a boss.”

Ferrell Jenkins has a nice post on Barclay’s Gate at the Western Wall.

Wayne Stiles offers some tips on using your Bible’s Maps.

From the blog The Lying Pen of Scribes, Post-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls-like Fragments Online: A (Really Exhausting) Guide for the Perplexed. Let me just say this is my new favorite blog, if only for the name. It is administered by the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway and is the source for the photograph of a new Dead Sea Scroll included here.

New Testament

 

Ian Paul asks “How do we make sense of the Beatitudes?”

Bill Heroman at NT/History, How Jesus Redefined “Kingdom” and Todd Scacewater wonders “Why the Apostles Rarely Mention the Kingdom.”

John Meade at LXX Studies makes a few observations about Mark 1:13 and Allusions to the Old Testament.

Michael J. Caba offers some thoughts on Luke & Acts and John the Baptist.

Steve Walton at Acts and More, Sean Adams on the ‘Being Jewish, Writing Greek’ conference.

The long dormant blog on Galatians maintained by Thomas woke from its slumber to note two dissertations on Galatians from the University of Durham. I hope this blog is more active in the future.

Ian Paul contributed a detailed article on why ‘Head’ does not mean ‘leader’ in 1 Cor 11.3. He also has a nice long read on Paul’s pastoral strategy (or lack thereof).

When the Overthinking Christian asks “Does the ‘New Perspective’ muddy the waters?” James Dunn Responds.

Lucy Peppiatt imagines a new scenario in “Women and Worship in Paul’s Churches: Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers”

Willy Wonka - Oh, you get all your info on the bible from the internet? You must be quite the biblical scholarDavid Corder has been working his way through Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life, so he offers a short reflection on Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” as opposition to his ministry.

Tavis Bohlinger interviews Williams and Jongkind on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament.

Michael Kok (The Jesus Memoirs) has started blogging through Hebrews, the link goes to the first post in the series. So far he has touched on external evidence for authorship, internal evidence for authorship, the date of Hebrews, and the audience of Hebrews. This is an extremely high quality series of posts and I look forward to reading Michael’s work as I prepare to teach Hebrews in the spring semester. Brian Small included these are other posts in his Hebrews Highlights for September.

Michael Bird has a few comments on the Opponents in the Epistle of Jude. “The short of it is that we do not know for sure who these wicked persons are, but we can gather that Jude is thoroughly disgusted by them.”

Larry Hurtado has several posts on Textual Criticism this month, starting with Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts. He suggests “The second century may well have been a time of “uncontrolled” copying (i.e., no ecclesiastical structure controlling the process), but it does not appear to have been a time of particularly “wild” copying of the biblical texts.” In Textual Stability and NT Studies he repeats this, “no one should deny textual variation, right from the start of the textual transmission of the Gospels (and all other ancient texts).  But it’s an exaggeration to characterize the earliest transmission of these writings as “wild” and chaotic, or to suggest that we can’t know what the authors actually wrote.” In another post he responds to some of his commenters by asking “Is a Paradigm Shift Now Called for?”  “In short, it is time for us to consider whether the notion (seemingly cherished by some) that there was an initial period of “wild” handling of writings that later became part of the NT, followed by a supposed fixing of texts sometime in the latter part of the 2nd century, now should be laid aside in favour of a “paradigm” that more adequately reflects the evidence.”

Biblical Studies Online has returned from the summer with a few links to video lectures by Dale Martin on Ancient, Biblical, and Modern Families, Carolyn Osiek on Women Disciples, Leaders, and Apostles: Mary Magdalene’s Sisters, and Barbara Reid on Mary Magdalene and the Women Disciples in the Gospel of Luke.

Peter Gurry responds to Paolo Trovato’s comments on “why we need to face the ‘awkward problem’ of conjectural emendation.” Read Gurry’s interview with Trovato here.

Theology

 

On Travis McMaken’s Die Evangelischen Theologen, Juan C. Torres comments on David Congdon’s recent The God Who Saves. David Roberts offers a few insights on the same book under the intriguing title, Ents, Hobbits, and Salvation in the Shadow of Charlottesville.

David Congdon responded with Reversing Theology—A Personal Reply to Torres and Roberts. The Slacktivist chipped in another theological morsel to chew on from David Congdon.

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The Evangelical Pulpit explains “Why Heaven is NOT the Ultimate Destination”.

Michael Bird reflects on the Nashville Statement. “More than ever, we need to develop an orthodox anthropology that is capable of engaging the issues of the twenty-first century. Sadly, I do not think the Nashville Statement does this.”

Ian Paul asks “Is it true that ‘God is love’?”

There is a new blog in town, Augustine & the 21st Century. It launched with essays from Miles Hollingworth, Joanna Leidenhag and Anthony Dupont.

In response to a recent Pew Research study, Michael J. Kruger asks “Are Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther?” – part 1 and part 2.

Biblical Languages

 

Jonathan Homrighausen comments on his book written with J David Pleins, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament three months after publication. I reviewed the book and found it a useful tool. Jonathan responded to my review, so stick around for the comments.

Book Reviews

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Lindsay Kennedy at My Digital Seminary, Jonathan Griffiths , Preaching in the New Testament (IVP)

Bryan Dyer reviewed Hebrews in Contexts (edited by Gabriella Gelardini and Harold W. Attridge, eds. Hebrews in Contexts. Leiden: Brill, 2016). This volume is a collection of papers presented in the Hebrews section at the SBL annual meetings from 2005 to 2013.

Oxford University Press has a Q&A with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, the editors of the new second edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

I reviewed Michael F. Bird, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans (Eerdmans).

The Christian Humanist podcast interviewed Jonathan Pennington focusing on his new book The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing.

Garet Robinson interviews Michael Bird on his new book, Jesus the Eternal Son.

Carson Bay reviews Elisa Uusimäki, Turning Proverbs towards Torah: an Analysis of 4Q525. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 117. Leiden: Brill, 2015. “Uusimäki’s work is overall a solid and welcome addition to scholarship. Her book takes a necessary closer look at 4Q525 and provides a framework for understanding this text both in its physical fragmentary features and in its intellectual context.”

Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay reviews Nina E. Livesey, Galatians and the Rhetoric of Crisis: Demosthenes – Cicero – Paul. Salem, OR:  Polebridge Press, 2016.

Joshua Matson reviews Hanan Eshel, Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeology and Literature of the Qumran Caves, edited by Barnea Selavan and Shani Tzoref. Journal of Ancient Judaism. Supplements, 18. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015. “The volume itself is a testament to the legacy of Hanan Eshel in the field of Qumran studies and the history of the Qumran caves. Additionally, this volume serves as a gift from his closest friends and partners in scholarship to the world as a lens through which to view the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Jonathan Pennington, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing (Baker, 2017), reviewed by Nijay Gupta.

Sarah E. Rollens reviews Heidi Wendt, At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Other

 

Jonathan Pennington, “The Life of the Professor” — My Talking Points for our New Faculty Workshop. Sure this was posted in August, but I didn’t read it until September and it is really well done.

Russell Moore says goodbye to Hugh Hefner.

John Fea offers some thoughts on Calvin College philosopher James K.A. Smith plenary lecture at “The State of the Evangelical Mind” in an essay entitled Evangelicalism as a Mission Field for Evangelical Scholars.

Esteban Vázquez digs for Hidden Treasures in Festschriften, in agreement with Eric Smith of the Iliff School of Theology who recently opined edited volumes and Festschriften “often contain better, more interesting work than juried articles [and] monographs.”

Roberta Mazza expresses some frustration towards sellers of archaeological artifacts after eBay offered two papyrus fragments.

The remains of nine headless toads discovered by archeologists inside a well-preserved jar placed in a 4,000-year old tomb in Jerusalem. I wonder what a Middle Bronze Age Canaanite was thinking when he buried his dad with a jar of chopped toads.

 

 

 

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