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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.

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I offered an extra copy of Robert Gundry, Peter: False Disciple and Apostate back on January 3 and today I pick a winner. There were 20 comments (after I deleted some duplicates), so I pasted your names in a spreadsheet, sorted them randomly, then generated a random number at random.org. And the winner is…..

Charles

Congrats to Charles! I guess you are like Cher or Madonna, known only by a single name…Please contact me as soon as possible via email (plong42 at gmail .com) with your mailing address and I will drop the book in the mail ASAP. If you are disappointed, I will launch another giveaway today.

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.

 

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

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

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

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

Email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.  If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is OK, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Testament

 

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

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

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

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

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

Second Temple Period Literature

 

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theology

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biblical Languages

 

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

Book Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other

 

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

Russell Moore says goodbye to Hugh Hefner.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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The Carnival is right through that door. Trust me.

It is Carnival time once again, and Jason Gardner posted a great collection of links at eis doxan in his Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2017.  Jason is currently a PhD candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary studying New Testament and has been blogging at eis doxan for years. He added two interesting categories to this carnival, “August Releases” listing a few new books and a section on technology. Head over there and get  your fill of the best of the best in August.

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. Most Carnival hosts appreciate some nominations as they are collecting their links, but they do not always use them all.

As you can see, the 2017 Carnival season is coming to a close, and I do not have any volunteers for 2018 yet. To reserve a month in 2018, contact me via email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42). You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

If you are not following me on twitter, you should: @plong42

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.

 

doraRubén de Rus has posted the July 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival at his blog, Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry. Jim West did not post his Avignonian Carnival, but he is celebrating Walther Eichrodt’s Birthday.

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. It is not too early to volunteer to host a carnival in 2018. To reserve a month in 2018, contact me via email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42). You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

If you are not following me on twitter, you should: @plong42

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.

 

I have been traveling quite a bit this summer and have finally made it back to my office. I have an early fall class starting next week, but I do plan on continuing the Second Temple period literature series through August.

While I was speaking at West Coast Grace Youth Camp, I participated in a discussion for a podcast hosted by Collin Brown. He runs a site called Shirt Off Your Back (podcasts, videos, and t-shirts, except they do not actually sell t-shirts yet). Collin asked me to sit down with Mike McFadden, a youth leader and current director of the camp, for a discussion on youth ministry and Bible camps in general.

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I thought I was more or less unqualified to express opinions on these topics, but as it turns out ignorance is want makes for a good podcast. Feel free to invite me to opine on your podcast on whatever topic.

The discussion ranged from the origins of youth ministry to current strategies for reaching millennial both now and in the future. For the most part this was stimulating for me, and hopefully to anyone who happens to listen to the podcast. I think we avoided the “get off my lawn” type discussions I hear when the topic of youth ministry is raised. Listen closely for a shout out to Mark Carroll.

So please give a listen, if you are the type that listens to podcasts. Or maybe you just miss the sound of my voice…

It is available directly from Shirt Off Your Back, or on SoundCloud and YouTube. There was no video for this meeting, which is good news; I have been told I have a face made for radio.

Today is the day I pick a winner for a new copy of Gerald McDermott’s recent book, Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2017). The contest opened a week ago, and only 13 people signed up (there were more comments, but I allowed only one entry per person). I took each of your names, sorted randomly and then pasted them into Excel. Random.org gave me a number between 1-13, and the winner is…..

Colin Aitken 

Congrats to Colin, please contact me via email (plong42 at gmail .com) or direct message @plong42 with your mailing address and I will ship the book to you ASAP. Better luck next time for the rest of you.

 

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