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.

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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.

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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.

I have a brand new copy of N. T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 (Fortress, 2013). This 620-page book is the companion volume to Paul and the Faithfulness of God and collects Wright’s most articles on Paul over the last 35 years. Several are previously unpublished exegetical essays on Paul’s theology. These thirty-three articles are essential reading for students of Paul whether you think Wright is a friend or a foe. Ben Witherington III blurbs the book:

“Pauline Perspectives gathers into one convenient place the multitudinous essays and lectures on Paul and his thought world that have come forth from the prolific pen of N. T. Wright during the course of the last 35 years. Here you can see the development of seminal ideas, major themes, and the relentless pursuit of understanding important trajectories in Paul’s thought, ranging from justification to the righteousness of God to atonement to much more. Reading a book like this is like going to a great feast put on by a master chef and discovering there were no ephemeral starters but all meat, and none of it half-baked either, but well worth chewing over and always nourishing. Bon appetit!”

The book is $70 retail (but who pays retail?) I ended up with two copies, so I will celebrate a new academic semester by sending this book to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment below with their name and and the name of their favorite Pauline Scholar.

I will pick the winner on January 23. Be sure to check back to see if the odds were in your favor. If no one wins, I will send the copy to Jim West since he is a huge N. T. Wright fan.

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Gunrdy, PeterIt is time to give a few books way to celebrate the New Year. I happen to have an extra copy of Robert Gundry, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew (Eerdmans 2015). The book is new, but the cover has some damage (possibly heat on rippled the finish). If you look at it in the right light, it looks perfect.

This short study by Robert Gundry makes the surprising claim that Matthew considered Peter to be a “false disciple and apostate.” In the introduction to the book Gundry makes his motivations clear: this is not an anti-Catholic book nor is he interested in subverting any traditions about Peter. He not particularly interested in the “historical Peter,” assuming a history of Peter’s life could be written. Gundry’s project is strictly limited to the presentation of Peter in Matthew’s gospel only.

In order to reach this conclusion, Gundry analyzes every appearance of Peter in the Gospel of Matthew using redaction criticism in order to show Matthew edited Mark’s narrative to present Peter as an example of a disciple who was very close to Jesus but ultimately failed to follow through on his commitment to Jesus. In the end, Peter is left “outside in the darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Gundry’s use of redaction criticism is well-known from his commentaries on Matthew and Mark, therefore many will pre-judge some of his comments based on his method alone.

I reviewed the book in August 2015 and I cannot recall another book review which generated so many responses (both for and against Gundry’s thesis). So read the review, stay for the comments and then enter to win the book.

To have a chance to win the book, leave a comment on this post and I will pick a random winner Friday, January 12, 2018.

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.

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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.

 

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