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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.

 

Not really Jeff

Jeff Carter has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for May at his blog, thatjeffcarterwashere. As he says, “there are thrills and spills and delights around every new corner.” It is indeed a carnival feast for all the senses. He includes several podcasts, lots of images, tweets and even a little fake news. (Unfortunately the headline “Bibleman Set To Appear in Gritty Reboot” is not fake).

Jim West returned to Carnival Form with his “The June Avignonian Carnival of ‘May Biblical Studies End of the Academic Year’ Goodness.” Cassandra Farrin had to drop out for the June Carnival, so Jim will be the official carnival next month. Jim also offers this encouragement to inactive Bibliobloggers: start Posting again.

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.  I would love to get a volunteer for October 2017, [Edit:  Thanks to Doug Chaplain for stepping in for October.]

If you are a long range planner, you could volunteer for 2018. 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 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.

 

 

Image result for mad as a march hareJonathan Robinson has posted his “Mad as a March Hare” version of the Biblical studies carnival at  ξἐνος. He has hosted twice before,  2012 April Fools and 2010 Oktoberfest, but this is his best work yet.

Jonathan’s carnival is so large he had to post it in five parts (and kudos for avoiding calling it a Pentateuch). The Old Testament is here, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha here, the Paul and the rest of the New Testament are here (I guess that tells us something about Jonathan’s scholarly interests, even if the section is entitled “Short Sighted Charismatic Cult Leader from Tarsus”) and “all the rest” here. “All the rest” includes a recap of “David Congdon’s One Man Twitter Tsunami” (which may have led to a few unfollows) as well as a section on Politics and the Bible.

Jonathan offers this encouragement to Biblioblog readers:

Many Biblioblogs have fallen silent in recent years, many links that used to live are now dead. Others have abandoned the purity of blogging to tweet incessantly and attempt to encapsulate complex thoughts in 140 characters. Is this any way to live? All is not lost however, new blogs frequently spring up from the ashes of the old, look out for new comers here and make sure you welcome them warmly, but don’t be creepy. I also note the rise of the institutional multi author blog, great to see the scholarship getting out there, but wonder about the interaction. Leave a comment, seriously, it could be the difference between life and death . . . for that blog.

I wholeheartedly agree. Let your local hand-crafted small batch Biblioblogger know you are still reading and enjoy their work.

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.

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.  I would love to get a volunteer for October 2017, and if you are along range planner, you could volunteer for 2018. 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.

 

It is March 1, and Jacob Prahlow has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2017 (number 132 for those who want to collect them all). Jacob has curated an excellent collection of links for this month so be sure to read his Carnival and visit the posts which interest you. Anyone who has bemoaned the death of biblioblogging needs to look over the blogs included in this carnival. There are many excellent posts on a wide variety of topics.

Since the SBL MidWest regional meeting had several sessions on Hebrews, I expected Brian Small to include some of these in his Hebrews Highlights at POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS. If Brian adds any updates I will edit this with a link.

Since Jacob referred to me as “the Godfather of Biblical Studies Carnivals,” let me clarify my completely unofficial role in this process. The idea of a “carnival” seems to have originated among sociology or psychology bloggers. There is a monthly History Carnival, for example. The very first Biblioblog Carnival was hosted by Joel Ng in April of 2005 at Ebla Logs, another blog that has closed. Tyler Williams was the keeper of the Carnival List until at least 2009, here is a list of carnivals at least to December 2009.  He also has an excellent description of what a Carnival ought to look like. Peter Kirby used to keep a complete list on his Biblioblog Top 50, another blog which has ceased to exist (or is now private).

The previous  “keeper of the list” was Jim Linville, professor at University of Lethbridge who blogged at Dr. Jim’s Thinking Shop. Sometime in the summer of 2012 Jim decided to limit his blogging (and the Thinking Shop seems to have disappeared). He asked for a volunteer to cajole people to volunteer to host carnivals, and I appear to be the only fool who showed an interest. I have enjoyed my run as keeper and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I am always looking for hosts for future carnivals, so please considered volunteering as a host. If you you have hosted in the past, feel free to volunteer again. 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. Contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), DM on twitter (@plong42) or a comment on this post and I can contact you.

The upcoming schedule for Carnivals is as follows:

EDIT: Jeff Carter volunteered for May and Jim West for November. I am looking for September and October 2017. If you are into long range planning and want to volunteer for a 2018 date, just let me know.

Finally, I have a FlipBoard Magazine dedicated to biblical studies. You can use the web version or follow me using FlipBoard on your iOS or Android devices. I really enjoy the iPad version of FlipBoard, so check it out. You can always follow me on twitter, @plong42.

BiblioBlogger Carnival Barker?

BiblioBlogger Carnival Barker?

Cassandra Farrin hosts the January 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival at her Ethics & Early Christianity Blog hosted by the Westar Institute. In addition to the usual categories, Cassandra has a collection of links to biblioblogs (and others) commenting on Religion, Media & the US Presidential Election. I might have filed this under Apocalyptic and the End of the World, but her category works too.

Brian Small has a few Hebrews Highlights for January 2017 at his Hebrews themed blog, POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS. I noticed Brian is part of a Hebrews group at the upcoming Midwest SBL meetings (now in South Bend, Indiana). I hope to attend these sessions discussing ““What Is Hebrews?”

I am always looking for hosts for future carnivals, so please considered volunteering as a host. If you you have hosted in the past, feel free to volunteer again. 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. Contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), DM on twitter (@plong42) or a comment on this post and I can contact you.

The upcoming schedule for Carnivals is as follows:

Obviously I am still looking for volunteers for March – June 2016, and then the rest of the year.

Finally, I have a FlipBoard Magazine dedicated to biblical studies. You can use the web version or follow me using FlipBoard on your iOS or Android devices. I really enjoy the iPad version of FlipBoard, so check it out. You can always follow me on twitter, @plong42.

abernety-isaiahToday is the day I pick a winner for a copy of Andrew Abernethy’s Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom. There were 28 people signed up (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 1-28, and the winner is…..

Abraham Ndungu

If Abraham can contact me privately (plong42@gmail.com) I will make arrangements to ship the book out as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for signing up, I will have another book giveaway to announce this afternoon.

 

jennifer-guoJennifer Guo hosts a festive holiday carnival complete with snow and  “inaugurated eschatology.” There are many links to blogs from old veterans to new blogs from graduate students.  Head over to Jennifer’s blog and start your new year right by reading a few new blogs this year.

In his final carnival, Jim West bemoans the death of biblioblogging. He claims (rightly) “the first generation of bloggers have either succumbed to irregular posting or post nothing at all anymore” but also that anyone blogging on biblical or theological topics have “withered into dullness.” What is more, he claims that “Bibliobloggers have, by and large, forsaken their posts.”

I think Jim is overreacting and acting more curmudgeonly than usual. Jennifer’s carnival demonstrates there are many excellent posts by quality scholars (McKnight, Hurtado, Keener, Keith, Bird, Gupta) as well as graduate students using their blogs as an extension of their studies (Jacob Prahlow, William Ross, Jennifer Guo, Lindsay Kennedy, Biblical Reasoning). Jim is correct some of the older bloggers have moved on, but “life happens.” Yet veteran blogger Jim Davilla points out his blog “PaleoJudaica has tallied up 1822 posts for the year (including this one), considerably more than any previous year since it began back in 2003.” Virtually all of PaleoJudaica’s links are to important posts around the web, making me wonder who has in fact “forsaken their posts.”

As for conference participation, another veteran blogger Daniel O. McClellan has already posted is SBL 2017 proposal for discussion. Although Daniel has posted less frequently in the last year, virtually all his posts concern conferences. Torrey Seland reported on Philo, Wisdom and Apocalypticism at the 2016 SBL meetings.  William Ross had an excellent review of the 2016 ETS Septuagint consultation. Jim has linked to these reports, so I am not sure why he thinks they do not exist.

I agree there is cause for concern when quality bloggers stop posting. But Brian LePort said something similar on his now-shuttered Near Emmaus blog in 2014, and Claude Mariottini offered a very thoughtful response. In fact, I have the same sort of hand-wringing in a 2011 post (Educating Evangelicals and BiblioBlogs). Jim is simply wrong to dismiss people because there only starting blogging in the last year.

If you have an opinion on this so-called death of the biblioblogs, please leave a comment on this discussion below.

carnival-volunteersI would like to see a few new bloggers volunteer to host a Carnival. It is not too late to volunteer to host a Carnival in 2017. If you you have hosted in the past, feel free to volunteer again. 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. Contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), DM on twitter (@plong42) or a comment on this post and I can contact you.

The upcoming schedule for Carnivals is as follows:

Obviously I am still looking for volunteers for March – June 2016, and then the rest of the year.

Finally, I have a FlipBoard Magazine dedicated to biblical studies. You can use the web version or follow me using FlipBoard on your iOS or Android devices. I really enjoy the iPad version of FlipBoard, so check it out. You can always follow me on twitter, @plong42.

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