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!

Biblical Studies Carnival 166 for November 2019

SBLAAR BloggerWhile we were all out enjoying thanksgiving with friends and family, Derek DeMars worked diligently to post an excellent Biblical Studies Carnival at his blog, Theology Pathfinder. Derek has been blogging for some time but this is his first time hosting a Biblical Studies Carnival, so go check out his work. In other blogging news, Brian Small did a post summarizing sessions on Hebrews at SBL as well as a quick summary of material on Hebrews from the recent book by Scot McKnight and Nijay K. Gupta, The State of New Testament Studies. It was nice to bump into Brian at SBL. I also ran into Gary Greenberg, host of the October Carnival. There were several other bloggers there, but they succeeded in avoiding eye-contact with me.

The December 2019 will post on January 1, Alex Finkelson will be the host at Scribes of the Kingdom. Jim West will ring in the start the 2020 Biblio-blogging season off with the January 2020 carnival on on February 1. I have been the curator of the Biblical Studies Carnival since August of 2012. Over these nearly eight years, many bloggers have moved on to other things (ie., real life). Although a few have moved on to podcasting, there is still some life out there in the Biblioblog world.

A bit of sad news this month was the passing of Tim Bulkeley. Tim was a long time blogger who contributed to several excellent blogs over the years, including Sansblogue  (started in2004) and the 5 Minute Bible podcast (see this list of Tim’s various projects). He hosted the Biblical Studies carnival in 2016 and 2018.  Bible Studies and Technology has a tribute to Tim and Jim Davilla recalls “his Sansblogue was one of the earliest ‘biblioblogs,’ one of the seven that were founded within a year of PaleoJudaica.” If you are interested in the early history of BiblioBlogs, read Davilla’s 2010 SBL paper “What Just Happened?”

Carnivals are fun to write and a good Carnival draws attention to your blog. I would love to start filling in a few hosts for 2020, so contact me at plong42@gmail.com to volunteer to host a carnival.

Biblical Studies Carnival 165 for October 2019

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BiblioBloggers trick-or-treating

Gary Greenberg posted the October 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival at Bible, Myth and History. Gary has been blogging for some time but this is his first Carnival. He has a book publishing soon from Peter Lang, The Case for a Proto-Gospel: Recovering the Common Written Source Behind Mark and John. Gary did a great job curating a list of solid academic posts.

In other blogging news, James McGrath posted Revelation around the Blogosphere.

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

Yet there is still some life out there in the Biblioblog world. The next two hosts are are new to the Biblical Studies Carnival, and the January Carnival will be hosted by the Grand Poobah of BiblioBlogging, Jim West.

Here are the upcoming hosts for the rest of 2019:

  • November 2019 (Due December 1) – Derek DeMars, at Theology Pathfinder
  • December 2019 (Due January 1) –  Alex Finkelson at Scribes of the Kingdom
  • January 2020 (Due February 1) – Veteran carnival host Jim West (he tweets like a president, follow @drjewest)

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

Biblical Studies Carnival 164

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

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

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

Here are the upcoming hosts for the rest of 2019:

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

Old Testament

The busiest biblioblogger of the month was Claude Mariottini:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Kok did several posts on Acts, including

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament Textual Criticism

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

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

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

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

Theology and Church History

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

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

Jordan Standridge, God Doesn’t Need You.

Peter Mead on preaching the other people in the Bible.

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

Book Reviews

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

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

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