The Theology/ Biblical Studies Combo Carnival

This month’s Carnival is dual themed: it covers the most interesting theological posts and the best of the biblical studies blogosphere (with special emphasis, of course, on the happenings at SBL).

Enjoy (even though it is quite brief)!

Hebrew Bible

T&T Clark announced (in October- but I’m mentioning it here anyway because I want to) a really interesting sounding volume titled Persepolis and Jerusalem.  It “reconsiders Iranian influence upon Jewish apocalyptic, and offers grounds upon which such study may proceed.”  Mauro Perani discussed the digitization of some very important manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible.  Antonio Lombatti offered an interesting post on the Bible and numbers (or numbers in the Bible).

Claude Marriottini did a series of posts on Hosea, concerning various questions raised by the book and aspects of the book.  Give it a look.

Be sure to check out Antony Perrot‘s brand spanking new Old Testament focused blog.


New Testament

Dan Wallace mentioned some exciting news from the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts of its freshly revamped website.  Antonio Lombatti showed us why it’s important to understand biblical texts and keep them from the grip of the lunatics.  Chris Fresch had an interesting analysis of Paul’s use of the LXX.


Dead Sea Scrolls

Composition and Redaction of the scrolls is the subject of Lawrence Schiffman’s entry posted here.  And here he gets into their circulation, collection, and storage.



Various sites participated in the ‘Skyview Photo Contest’ and the Biblical Archaeology Society has the results (which are especially favorable to Gath!)  😉  Jane Cahill West had a fine essay on Old Testament Jerusalem posted on the ASOR blog.  Chris Rollston discussed the leading contenders for the (so far discovered) oldest Hebrew inscriptions.


Systematic Theology

Jeff Peterson shared some lecture news in which one Sam Waldron waxed wise and theological.  Juan Torres had a brief but insightful snippet on the theology of creation.  Think about it.


Historical Theology

The Calvin Course offered by the University of Geneva continued to amaze.  Various bits and pieces of encouragement to take part were posted here.  The course has, unfortunately, concluded, but it was just brilliant.

Mike Bird posted some thoughts on the ETS inerrancy discussion which took place at their annual meeting.

Peter Opitz’s paper on ‘Reformed Identity’ came to light and is posted here.  And here Gary has a nice post on the Heidelberg Catechism’s question 33 (on Jesus).



Here you’ll discover loads of photos from the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  If you went, relive the fun.  If you didn’t, enjoy it vicariously.  I didn’t notice too much blogging going on (though It’s possible I’ve missed it).  It seems most participants simply posted snippets on Facebook and even tinier snippets on twitter, although Brice Jones did offer a bit of a summary of his experience here.  Interestingly, his ‘take’ on this year’s Conference as one of the best he’s attended seems to be the general consensus of those expressing an opinion on it.  Everyone was bowled over in Baltimore.

There’s a post here about academic blogging (but I really don’t know what it’s about because it’s in Portuguese).  If you read that tongue you may find it worthwhile.  Or you may not.  I don’t know.  Jose mentioned it.  You probably read English, in which case you have no excuse for not reading Peter Enns’ thoughts on greedy schools.  At the same time, Jeremy Thompson is glad Peter Enns wasn’t his advisor and that he finished his PhD.

November saw the kick off of the multi-part ‘Bible Secrets Revealed’.  Michael Kruger wasn’t impressed by the first episode.  My own take on episode one is here (I live blogged it and the second episode, both of which aired in November), and the second one is here.   Meanwhile, the third is here.  More will air in December, so they will be mentioned in the next Carnival.

Sadly word was received on 11 November that the inestimably gifted Jerome Murphy-O’Connor had died.   Lamentation aplenty ensued, justifiably.

Bryan Bibb had some very interesting things to say about MOOCS.  You’ll want to take a look.

There must be an official Carnival somewhere.  I doubt it’s very good but you will need to make that decision for yourself.  (After checking Phil’s blog 2 minutes later) – yes, there is one…  here.  Sometime.  You should look.  Poor child has an Alexa ranking in the 9 million range which means that as many people visit his blog as make it past page 32 of NT Wright’s books without quitting in despair or experiencing such a sense of deja vu that they know they’ve heard it all before.


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