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.

This short text is sometimes called the Apocalypse of Zosimus or the Story of Zosimus since it features the visionary travels of the virtuous monk Zosimus. Since a critical edition of the text has yet to be published, Charlesworth suggests it is unwise to state a probable date and provenance for the book. The book appears in Greek, Syriac and Ethiopic but it is possible the text goes back to a Semitic source. More recently, Chris Knights considers chapters 11-12 and 14-16 to be a Jewish Pseudepigrapha written before A.D. 850 originally composed in Greek (Knight, 1998, 92-3).

The book was preserved by Christians and has obvious Christian glosses. While the book has limited value for the study of the New Testament, it is an interesting parallel to the story of St. Brendan, the Irish monk who twice sailed to the Isle of the Blessed in the fifth century A.D. It is impossible to know if History of the Rechabites was influences by the tale of St. Brenden or vice versa. For details, see Witikowski, “Syriac Apocalyptic Literature,” in The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective: Essays Presented in Honor of Professor Robert W. Thomson on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. eds. Kevork B. Bardakjian, Sergio La Porta (Brill, 2014), 670.

History of the Rechabites is an expansion of Jeremiah 35. Jeremiah encounters a nomadic tribe of people known as the Rechabites who drink no wine and live in tents because of a vow their forefather had made. In canonical Jeremiah, this tribe is a model of faithfulness in the last days of the kingdom of Judah. In this apocalypse the tribe now resides on the Island of the Blessed Ones. A holy man by the name of Zosimus spends forty years fasting in the desert asking to see the Island of the Blessed. His prayer is finally heard and an angel escorts him over a gigantic sea. An animal of some kind takes him the rest of the way onto an island where he meets a naked man who claims to be one of the Blessed.

The Blessed Ones take Zosimus in and teach him their background including a few stories about Jeremiah and Josiah’s sons in the last days of Judah. A wicked king attempts to force the Rechabites to break their vow by forcing them to drink wine, but God himself protected them and brought them to this island. The people living on the Blessed Island know all about people in Zosimus’ world. They are aware how wicked they are and they pray for them. The Lord announced to these Blessed Ones the coming of the Word Incarnate through the Holy Virgin.

The Island of the Blessed Ones is like the Garden of Eden. The people are naked, “covered with a stole of glory similar to Adam and Eve before they sinned” (12:3). They eat from the fruits of the trees drink from “the exceedingly good, sweet, and delightful water which comes out to us from the roots of the trees.” These people are aware of the fallen world because “the angels of God dwell with us and they announce to us those things which (happen) among you.” They pray for the “sinners and pagans who are in the world and petition God constantly to restrain his anger” (12:8).

On feast days the Lord rains manna on the Blessed Ones, and they never suffer from sickness or temptation. The Rechabites know when they are going to die, but there is no need to dig graves because the angels conduct them to heaven. The Blessed pray for Zosimus specifically that he could be a guide and refuge. While they pray, a white cloud delivers him back to his home. The text breaks off here, although OTP notes there is an additional four chapters in Greek by a Christian author concerning temptation.

 

Bibliography:

Bosman, H. L. “The Rechabites and ‘Sippenethos’ in Jeremiah 35.” ThEv 16 (1983): 83-86.

Demsky, Aaron. “The Scribal Families of Jabetz”, in M. Garsiel (ed.) Studies in Bible and Exegesis vol. 10 (Shmuel Vargon Vol) (Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan Universty Press, 2011), pp. 253-261 (Hebrew).

Frick, Frank. “Rechab, Rechabites” in ABD 5:630-631; “The Rechabites Reconsidered,” JBL 90 (1991): 279-287. Frick suggests the Rechabites were a guild of chariot makers, based on the etymology of their tribal name.

Haelewyck, J-C. (Jean-Claude), et al. “Diverse Perspectives on the Manuscript Tradition of the Story of Zosimus,” Oriens Christianus 99 (2016): 1-44

Keown, G. L. “Excursus: The Identity of the Rechabites” in Jeremiah 26-52 (WBC 27; Dallas: Word, 2002) 194-96.

Knights, Chris “‘The Story of Zosimus’ or ‘The History Of The Rechabites’?” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period (1993): 235–245.

Knights, Chris. “Towards a Critical Introduction to ‘The History of the Rechabite,’” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period 26 (1995): 324-342.

Knights, Chris. “The History of the Rechabites-an Initial Commentary,” Journal For The Study Of Judaism In The Persian, Hellenistic And Roman Period 28 (1997): 413-436.

Levenson, J. D. “On the Promise to the Rechabites.” CBQ 38 (1976) 508-514;

 

 

 

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.

I have one more book to give out in celebration of the new academic semester. I used Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitt’s Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism in my Greek class last semester. When I could not find my copy on the shelf, I purchased another copy at the now-shuttered Eerdmans Bookstore and promptly found my original copy.

There were seventeen names left in the comments (I deleted  James Snapp, do read his review of the book though). I  randomized the names and uses random.org to generate a winner, this time Ben Brown gets the book.  If you could contact me (plong42 at gmail dot com) with an address I will ship this out ASAP.

Missed the last giveaway? Follow me on twitter: @plong42

I have one more book to give out in celebration of the new academic semester. I used Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitt’s Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism in my Greek class last semester. When I could not find my copy on the shelf, I purchased another copy at the now-shuttered Eerdmans Bookstore and promptly found my original copy.

I reviewed the book when it came out in 2015:

There are a few features which I found helpful which are not common in other textual criticism textbooks. First, Porter and Pitts include a chapter on canon (ch. 2). To a certain extent this material seems extraneous to the method of textual criticism. I am not sure they make a clear connection between their interesting discussion of the development of the canon and the process of textual criticism. A professor could easily omit it without losing the argument of the book, although from my experience students often have questions about canon at this point in their Greek training.

Second, they include two very useful chapters on the development of the Nestle-Aland and UBS texts.  Chapter 12 is particularly good for professors since it describes how to use both the NA27/28 and the UBS4/5. The book is therefore a good resource regardless of the chosen Greek New Testament chose by the professor. The story of how the two major critical editions developed is more than interesting, this section places the activity of textual criticism into its proper place in church history.

Third, the book includes a helpful summary of translation strategies as they relate to textual criticism (chapter 13). The chapter includes lists of the various abbreviations and marginalia of both editions. Page 148 has a photograph of a page from the NA28 Greek New Testament with arrows identifying everything on the page; page 163 does the same for the UBS4. For some students, this chapter alone will be worth the price of the book.

Craig S. Keener liked it too: “This very readable textbook provides a helpful and balanced introduction to text criticism aimed at just the right level for beginning students. It is clear, introduces multiple views, gives good reasons for the approaches it favors, and — an unexpected bonus — offers in two relevant chapters useful, concise introductions to canon formation and translation theory.”  However, James Snapp, Jr. did not like the book. So leave a comment, win the book, read it and decide for yourself.

I will pick the winner on January 31. Be sure to check back in a week to congratulate the winner.

Missed the last giveaway? Follow me on twitter: @plong42

In order to celebrate the beginning of the new semester as well as my forgetfulness in buying duplicate books, I offered a brand new copy of N. T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 (Fortress, 2013) back on January 12.  All you had to do to win was leave me your name and mention your favorite Pauline scholar. I noticed James  Dunn and John Barclay did quite well in this informal poll, but the winner said N. T. Wright was his favorite.

I put all forty two comments (after deleting a couple duplicates) into a spreadsheet and randomly sorted them. I think used random.org to generate a a number. The winner of the N. T. Wright book is:

Jared Kusz

Jared made his saving throw and succeeds in adding this book to his library. Get in touch with me and I will get you this book ASAP.  I will have one more book to give away this semester, to be sure to check that out tomorrow, or follow me on twitter @plong42.

The winner of the Robert Gundry book never contacted me: Charles, if you are out there, contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com) or twitter so I can get you this book. If I do not hear from you in a couple of days I will give it to someone else.

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