abernety-isaiahIt is the beginning of a new year, and to celebrate I am offering a brand new copy of Andrew Abernathy’s The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach (NSBT 40; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2016).

I reviewed the book at the end of the year, follow the link and read what I said then, here is the teaser:

This new contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology series focuses on the theme of Kingdom in the book of Isaiah. The topic of kingdom in the whole canon of Scripture is too large for a short monograph, but by limiting the discussion to Isaiah Abernethy is able to provide a reasonable foundation for understanding the book of Isaiah and its foundational role in a Christian understanding of Jesus. Abernethy’s previous book on Isaiah focused on the theme of food in Isaiah (Eating in Isaiah: Approaching the Role of Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message. Leiden: Brill 2014, reviewed here).

You can enter by leaving a comment telling me your favorite passage in Isaiah. Only one chance per person. If you leave more than one comment, I will only count one comment per person for the contest.

On Monday January 9 I will randomly select one comment and ship the book out to the lucky winner.  Check back then to see if you are the winner, and I will announce another giveaway on January 9. You can also follow me on twitter @plong42 to keep up with these announcements.

Good Luck!

 

york-bloggers

York Bloggers Gathering to Carnival

Randy McCracken (@randalmccracken) hosts the September Biblical Studies Carnival at Bible Study with Randy. Randy is a first time host, so be gentle.

Randy hails from the ancient city of York, England, a city Randy points out is the “very city where Constantine himself was proclaimed Emperor.” He has a nice collection of posts concerning the “trending topic of plagiarism” in biblical scholarship. This is the reason I have extra quote marks in this paragraph, just in case.

Jim West’s Alt-Carnival brings you posts from all seven continents, although Antarctica is severely under-represented.

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. You can also follow me on twitter, @plong42 (or click the link in the sidebar).

The next few carnivals will be hosted by:

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.

Jim West Looking for Bloggers in Antarctica

Jim West Looking for Bloggers in Antarctica

As always I am looking for volunteers for the the 2017 Carnival Season. There are several people who have hosted in the past that could take a month, don’t wait for me to ask you (or beg you) to participate.

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 or direct message on Twitter (@plong42). You can also leave a comment with your contact info and I will get back to you.

 

i-still-have-no-idea-what-im-doingThe August Biblical Studies Carnival is up at Monday Morning Theologian, hosted by Kevin Turner (who calls himself J.K. on his blog). Kevin claims to be an amateur, but he has collected a great list of links. Go click all the links and find out what the BiblioBloggers were going in August.

Jim West’s Alt-Carnival is dedicated to Emil Brunner, for whom August was a special month, apparently. So unless you are Emil Brunner, you are probably not going to be including in Jim’s carnival. It is interesting reading, so go and check it out.

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. You can also follow me on twitter, @plong42 (or click the link in the sidebar).

The next few carnivals will be hosted by:

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 the the 2017 Carnival Season. 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.

 

PokGoSummer is always slow time for Biblioblogs. Since this was the hottest July ever in the history of the universe, so bloggers have crawled back under their rocks…or are excavating, like Andrew King (@aking443) or outside playing Pokemon Go. Seems everyone is playing this new mind-numbing game. Even Christianity Today is helping churches cash in on the fad, I expect to hear about “Jim West’s Church of Fun and Pokemon” soon.

Perhaps biblio-bloggers were was stunned to silence after the two presidential conventions. The un-stunable Wayne Grudem came out in support of Donald Trump in an op-ed piece “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice” on TownHall, giving rise to responses from Matthew Boedy and many others. The best response, of course, was from the Donald himself, who declared that the Bible is not really a Christian. Yes, I am fully aware the Babylon Bee is a fake-news site, but sometimes fake news is better than real news.

Here is the upcoming Carnival Schedule. I always try to mix in some newer bloggers with a few carnival veterans. please notice I need a volunteer for October (due Nov 1), or if you are the type to plan ahead, any month in 2017 is open. Please contact me ASAP (@plong42 or plong42 at gmail.com, or leave a comment and I can contact you).

  • August 2016  (Due September 1) – Kevin Turner, @TheJKTurner
  • September 2016 (October 1) – Randy McCracken, Bible Study with Randy, @randalmccracken
  • October 2016 (November 1) –
  • November 2016 (December 1) – Jim West
  • December 2016 (January 1) – Jennifer Guo, @jenniferguo

If are so inclined, follow me on Twitter (@plong42), or on the Flipboard Biblical Studies Magazine, especially nice for iPad or iPhone. I also have a few papers on Academia.edu if you are using that excellent site.

Old Testament

 

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There was some archaeology news this month, including buzz over the Philistine graveyard discovered at Ashkelon, and some commentary from Aren Maier. Ferrell Jenkins has an encounter with Jonah and the great fish. Jenkins also had a nice summary of the excavations at Tel Gath this summer and a short discussion of the Ark of the Covenant at Kiriath-jearim.

The Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 5.1 was published on July 23, download a PDF copy.

Bob MacDonald on Deuteronomy 27.

Claude Mariottini on Israel in Exile.

There were several blogs on the Writings this month, Bob MacDonald has notes on Job 30 and  Job 31. According to the Jewish Journal, Ruth’s conversion would not be accepted today. Extracted from Iain Duguid’s Song of Songs in the Reformed Expository Commentary series,  The 4 Most Popular Ways to Read the Song of Songs. That Jeff Carter left a few notes on Psalm 138.

Why Learn Ugaritic? Asks Zondervan, which has an Ugaritic textbook for sale. Brian Davidson discusses learning Latin, and Jacob Cerone had a nice post entitled “So You Want To Learn German?” Some good advice for those in a PhD program.

Second Temple Literature

 

Stephen Bedard began a series on the Apocrypha, including 1 Maccabees,   Psalm 151 and The Prayer of Manasseh?”

Here at Reading Acts, I finished a series on 1 Enoch, 2 Enoch, 3 Enoch and began the Sibylline Oracles. I hope to finish off 2 Baruch and 4 Ezra before the end of the summer.

New Testament  

 

Wine

James Tabor, A Wedding at Cana–Whose and Where?

Michael Kruger examines a Deep Irony in the New Perspective on Paul: Who’s Really Influenced by Their Cultural Situation? A Deep Irony in the New Perspective on Paul.

The Regalia of Artemis Ephesia from Marg Mowczko’s New Life blog.

David Capes, in anticipation of a second edition of his book, Rediscovering Paul (IVP), Capes is re-writing a chapter on Paul’s theology and (re)reading N. T. Wright’s two volume Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Fortress, 2013). The result is “The (W)right Way to Read Paul.” 

Fred Butler blogs at Hip & Thigh, Idol Meat and Christian Liberty: An Overview of 1 Corinthians 8-10.

Andy Naselli on Women in the Church: An Interpretation and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9–15.

There seemed to be more posts on Textual Criticism this month that usual. Peter Gurry and Evangelical Textual Criticism point out the Vatican has made color images of P72 and P75 available online. Dirk Jongkind has a little more on textual criticism, “What to do when a word is no longer in your manuscript?”  On his Text of the Gospels blog, James Snapp commented on Two Doctrinally Significant Variants in One Verse, Matthew 1:18 and another on Hand-to-Hand Combat: Codex B vs. Minuscule 496.

Theology

 

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Based on his reading of Carl Trueman’s The Creedal Imperative, Scot McKnight asks, “Do We Need Creeds?”

Marg Mowczko also contributed two posts on Hell: Paul, James, and Jesus on Hell (Gehenna) and Eternal Torment, Eternal Fire, Eternal Death?

Interacting with John S. Hammett. 40 Questions about Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Andy Naselli asks “Are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Only for Churches?”

Fred Butler, Jesus and Wine Theology and the Reformed Hermeneutic.

Ian Paul discusses “The lost virtue of naiveté” and the sending of the 72 in Luke 10 at Psephizo.

Scot McKnight shares some of his favorite quotes from Elie Wiesel, who died on July 3.

Book Reviews

 

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In publishing news, Eerdmans announced new editors for the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series, Robert Wall and Stephen Fowl, replacing Max Turner and Joel B. Green.

Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders, eds., Locating Atonement, (Zondervan, 2015), reviewed by Spencer Robinson at Spoiled Milks.

Joshua Jipp, Christ is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology (Fortress, 2015), reviewed by Spencer Robinson at Spoiled Milks.

Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Tim Helble, and Wayne Ranney, eds. The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? (Kregel, 2016), reviewed by Phillip Long.

David Bentley Hart, A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays (Eerdmans, 2016), reviewed by Phillip Long.

Jeffrey Bingham, and Glenn R. Kreider, eds. Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches (Kregel, 2016), reviewed by Phillip Long.

Michael Bird, What Christians Ought to Believe (Zondervan, 2016), reviewed by Jennifer Guo.

Silvia Luraghi and Claudia Parodi, eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to Syntax (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), reviewed at Exegetical Tools.

Reminder

 

I need a volunteer for October (due Nov 1), or if you are the type to plan ahead, any month in 2017 is open. Please contact me ASAP (@plong42 or plong42 at gmail.com, or leave a comment and I can contact you).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martinez-DSScrolls-Trans_PB_Reprint07.qxdI plan on continuing my series on the Enoch Literature after the weekend, but since this is a holiday weekend, I thought I would give away a book to celebrate.

I have an extra copy of Florentino Garcia Martinez’s The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English (Leiden; Grand Rapids. Mich.: Brill; Eerdmans, 1996). This is a “barely used” paperback copy of the book and I purchased it myself.

The Eerdmans Website describes the book as:

“One of the world’s foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community that produced them provides an authoritative new English translation of the two hundred longest and most important nonbiblical Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, along with an introduction to the history of the discovery and publication of each manuscript and the background necessary for placing each manuscript in its actual historical context.”

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament said this volume is “the most useful of the available collections not merely for its completeness but for its complete list of Qumran MSS serving also as an index to the context. Absolutely invaluable!” If you do not have a copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls in English, this is the volume to have.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this thread with your name and your favorite Dead Sea Scroll. Or at least your name.

I will generate a winner at random and announce that winner in two weeks, on July 14. Good luck!

CarnivalKris Lyle has posted the June 2016 Bibliblog Carnival has arrived at Old School Script. Kris has done a great job gathering links in the month of June, including the “kerfuffle over Trinitarian theology amongst evangelicals.” Everyone should find something of interest, go check it out. Click all the links and let Kris know he did a great job.

In other Biblioblog news, Jim West puts the P in pool for his his Avignonian Carnival, this time giving as a “best of” for each day.  Peter Kirby’s Christian Origins is now aggregating biblioblogs and providing a nice digest of links for the week categorized into “Top 20 Biblical Commentary Posts,”  “Top 15 Biblical Criticism Posts” and “Radical Criticism Posts.” The site also indexes comments. Peter has not been blogging much and the top 50 list seems dormant again. Is there anyone out there who wants to re-boot a quarterly top fifty list?

In personal blog news, I started a Biblical Studies Flipboard Magazine. If you are using Flipboard on your iPad or phone, feel free to follow me. I also have a few papers on Academia.edu if you are using that excellent site.

Looking ahead to future Biblioblog Carnivals, I do not have a volunteer for July carnival yet. If you are interested, please let me know ASAP. I have a couple of asks out, but no one has responded  yet. If someone wants to take October, I can do July myself.

August 2016 – Kevin Turner, Monday Morning Theologian, @TheJKTurner
September 2016 – Randy McCracken, Bible Study with Randy, @randalmccracken
October 2016 – Phillip Long, Reading Acts, @plong42
November 2016 – Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus, @drjewest
December 2016 – 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.  If you would like to host a Carnival in 2015 or early 2016, send me an email (plong42@gmail.com), on DM on twitter (@plong42) or a comment on this post and I can contact you.

carnivalThe June Biblioblog Carnival will be hosted by Kris Lyle  and Old School Script. This is a relatively new blog and Kris has been posting quite a bit of useful Contact Kris on this blog or  via twitter @KristopherLyle. I am sure he is nearly finished selecting his links, but if you have something you think is carnival worthy, send Brian a link. What have you read this month that was challenging, simulating, or maybe even a bit strange? This is a good time to promote a less well-known blog you enjoy, or you can send a link to your own work.

Some readers may not know what a “blog carnival” is. Simply, a Blog Carnival is a collection of links on a particular topic for a given period. I think the idea of a blog carnival first developed out of psychology or sociology blogs, but the first BiblioBlog carnival was Joel Ng at Ebla Logs in March 2005.

I took over as the “keeper of the list” from Dr Jim Linville in August of 2012. Basically that means I find volunteers to host the carnival. In fact, I am always looking for volunteers to host future carnivals!  Right now I have June covered, but I need someone for July (due Aug 1) and August (due Sept 1). I know there are a few relatively new bloggers who might like the chance to host, now is the time!

Hosting a carnival is a great way to draw readers to your blog and it is really fun to do. Contact me either by leaving a comment here, or sending me an email (plong42 at gmail.com) or a direct message via twitter (@plong42).

 

Alice-Cooper-Carnival2Brian Renshaw posted an Alice Cooper themed Biblical Studies Carnival for May. And he is right, school is out for the summer and most academic head off to Caribbean beaches or their summer homes in the south of France.

Brian did an excellent job curating a list of blogs on biblical and theological topics. So check out his work, click all the links, and add Brian Renshaw to your blog reading list.

In other biblio-blogging news, Jim West’s Avignonian Carnival has a British flavor. Go read his list of links to British scholars and think to yourself, “I did not know she was British.” As always, Brian Small has a great collection of Hebrews Highlights for the month.

If you are not on Academia.edu yet, you should be. It is a great source for scholarly papers, a kind of face book for academics. You can follow me on Academia.edu, I have posted a few articles and conference talks along with some book reviews.

If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. FlipBoard is one of the original apps I installed on my iPad and is a great way to gather news and other media. It is available on other platforms (including the Web). I also am on twitter @plong42 and Facebook if you are into that sort of a thing.

Kris Lyle from Old School Script will host the June Carnival. Go visit his page or contact him via twitter @KristopherLyle. Although I have been talking to a few people, there are plenty of open Carnival spots for the rest of the year. Do not be shy, if you are interested in hosting, contact me ASAP or leave a comment below.

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.

bs-carnival1The May Biblioblog Carnival will be hosted by Brian Renshaw. Brian hosted the carnival back in January 2014 on his old blog New Testament Exegesis. He is nearly finished selecting his links, but if you have something you think is carnival worthy, send Brian a link. What have you read this month that was challenging, simulating, or maybe even a bit strange? This is a good time to promote a less well-known blog you enjoy, or you can send a link to your own work.

Some readers may not know what a “blog carnival” is. Simply, a Blog Carnival is a collection of links on a particular topic for a given period. I think the idea of a blog carnival first developed out of psychology or sociology blogs, but the first BiblioBlog carnival was Joel Ng at Ebla Logs in March 2005. This month is the 114th BiblioBlog carnival, or CXIV (that makes it look more scholarly and official).

I took over as the “keeper of the list” from Dr Jim Linville in August of 2012. Basically that means I find volunteers to host the carnival. In fact, I am always looking for volunteers to host future carnivals!  Right now I have June covered, but the rest of the year is more or less open. Hosting a carnival is a great way to draw readers to your blog and it is really fun to do. Contact me either by leaving a comment here, or sending me an email (plong42 at gmail.com) or a direct message via twitter (@plong42).

 

NewDocs 10Now that I have completed my grading for the spring semester and turned in the last of my grades, I am ready to announce the winner of the latest volume of the New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, edited by S. R. Llewelyn and J. R. Harrison, with E. J. Bridge (Eerdmans, 2012).

I collected all of the comments, randomly sorted them in a spreadsheet then used random.org to generate a winner. And the winner is…

Lindsay Kennedy

So Lindsay can contact me (email, plong42 at gmail.com, twitter DM, @plong42) I will arrange to send the book out to ASAP. And if pastorjimmyreagan sees this, you one the last giveaway and need to contact me with shipping info.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I have at least one more book set aside as a giveaway to celebrate One Million Hits at Reading Acts.  Check back next week for details.

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