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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.

cover-1000x1500Now through December 31, Wipf & Stock is offering 40% off any purchase through their website, using the discount code BYE2016. The best use of this discount is to buy my book, Jesus the Bridegroom (Pickwick, 2015).

Marianne Blickenstaff of Union Presbyterian Seminary reviewed the for Review of Biblical Literature (here is a link to the RBL Review)  I am very happy to have her review the book, especially since I read her book, ‘While the Bridegroom is with them’ : Marriage, Family, Gender and Violence in the Gospel of Matthew (London: T&T Clark, 2005) at the very beginning stages of my research on the Wedding Banquet Parable and was influenced by her reading of the Banquet Parable in Matthew 22. I appreciate her very kind review. She summarizes the book and concludes “This study is a compelling counterargument to scholarship that claims the church, and  not Jesus himself, developed the bridegroom and wedding banquet themes. Long has provided well-researched and convincing evidence that Jesus could have operated within Second Temple Jewish interpretive conventions to develop Hebrew Bible themes in new
ways to elucidate the purpose of his ministry.”

The full title of the book is Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels and is an edited version of my PhD dissertation. As I was working on my dissertation, people would ask what I was writing on. I usually said “an intertextual study on messianic banquet imagery in the Synoptic Gospels.” After a moment of awkward silence, I clarified: “Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Wedding Banquet – what’s up with that?” I considered that as a title for a (very) short time.

The book is now available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle. The Kindle version is only $9.99 and claims to have real page numbers. There is also a Logos version of the book, if you prefer that format. If you live in the Grand Rapids area, I have a few copies in my office if you want to get one directly from me.

If you do read the book, please leave a nice review on AmazonI would appreciate your comments., Unfortunately Amazon reviews carry weight these days, so please consider giving the book five stars and leaving a comment on Amazon if you can.

I would really like to hear feedback from anyone who reads the book – feel free to send me an email to continue the discussion. Thanks!

Image resultJim West is the host of the 129th Biblical Studies Carnival for November 2016. His carnival is all about the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Jim seems to have had a good time at SBL, at least he took a lot of pictures. Brian Small has report on the SBL Hebrews section.

Although the old BiblioBlog top 50 has not been updated in a very long time, Jeremy Myers posted his “Top 100 Christian Blogs.” Reading Acts comes in at #48 on a list that includes a wide variety of less-than-scholarly blogs (and a few barely active blogs).

The next carnival host is Jennifer Guo. You can tweet her nominations for the December Carnival (@jenniferguo). In January 2017 (posted February 1) Cassandra Farrin will host the Carnival at Ethics and Early Christianity.

If you would like to host a Carnival, please contact me. It is not too early 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.

[Update 12/2 – Jacob Prahlow  @prahlowjacob volunteered for  February 2017 (Due March 1) and Reuben Rus from Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry for July 2017 (Due August 1). I still need March – June 2016.]

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.

Bob MacDonald has done a remarkable job collecting and organizing the best of the BiblioBlogs this month at at his blog Dust.  Click all the links, support the scholars who do good work and share it on their blogs each month.

In other Biblioblog news, Jim West devotes his alt-carnival to his deep love and affection for Donald Trump, at least in pumpkin form. James McGrath has a collection of links on Christology from October and Brian Small has a brief Hebrews Highlights.

Although the old BiblioBlog top 50 has not been updated in a very long time, Jeremy Myers posted his “Top 100 Christian Blogs” last week. Reading Acts was an honorable mention in 2014, #77 in 2015, and this year #48. Meyers has created a good list of blogs, although many of the blogs on this list are less-than-scholarly and a few are rarely updated.

Jim West will be hosting the unified Carnival next month, likely reporting on the SBL annual meeting in San Antonio. If you have suggestions for Jim, follow him on twitter, @drjewest, or meet him at one of the AAR meditation sessions in San Antonio.

If you would like to host a Carnival, please contact me. It is not too early 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.

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.

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.

 

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