I’m taking the unusual and unprecedented step this month of, rather than posting a new Carnival, reposting one from exactly one year ago today. It will allow us, I think, to see things from a bit of a different perspective and remind us that newer (posts, as well as books) aren’t always better. I hope you’ll enjoy this ‘blast from the past’ in honor of Janus. And don’t worry- next month will offer a normal Carnival.
First off, then, the first noteworthy post of the month was by James Crossley, who discussed the recent appearance on the BBC of Richard Burridge who was there discussing Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”. The first post which made me go ‘hmmmmm….’ was this one, on a brand new blog centering on the reception history of the Parables. It’s always good to see new blogs hit the ground running.
Jacob Cerone offers another first– as he breaks in his first bible of the year (which, for some odd reason, is an ESV). Anthony Le Donne is the first blogger to repent for negative feelings about a book. And it’s one by Volf. When I have negative feelings about books its generally after I read them- though I do make exceptions. Anything by Reza Aslan on the Bible, for instance, gets an automatic a priori two thumbs way down.
Josh Mann was the first to use the word ‘narratology‘ this year in a blogpost. Well done, Josh, well done! What would a year be like without that word? You’re right, none of us want to find out. Judy Redman was the first woman to post this month. Isn’t that awesome. So is her post on the criterion of authenticity.
Danny McClellan was first with news of the name change of the Oxford Hebrew Bible Project to the Scholars Hebrew Bible Project. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet… And I mean the project, not Danny. Jennifer Guo (who has a great blog- I really need to add it to the roll) was first to post a book review. Of Alister McGrath’s book on devotion.
Cliff Kvidahl earned a spot in this first of carnival because he was the first to blog Bultmann in January. James Crossley and Deane Galbraith have put together the first new Biblioblog of the year- Biblical Studies Online. It’s more than a blog, though, it’s an assemblage of resources for the study of the bible. Torrey Seland was first with news of a conference on Philo. Philo-philasts will want to take a look.
Scot McKnight was the first to discuss MLK and DB. I like MLK. DB, well, not so much. I call him the untheological theologian. Speaking of Dietrich ‘The Conspirator’ Bonhoeffer that reminds me of Christians and the government and that reminds me of a post Mike Skinner put up on Cataclysmic in which he discussed various misunderstandings of Romans 13.
Abram KJ was the first to notice that Jesus’ sayings in Matthew and Luke have parallels elsewhere. I may be mistaken, but I think AKJ has just accused Jesus of Driscollism! Larry Hurtado was the first to describe a new volume on the textual criticism of the NT and in particular he makes some remarks on the notion of the ‘original text’. I like Larry a lot, but he doesn’t sound Scottish. What was he doing in Scotland for so long?
Danny McClellan was the first to mention the lengths to which some defenders of the ‘Lead Codices’ will go to protect their fraud. It wouldn’t be a Carnival of firsts without a post by Mark Goodacre. So here it is. It’s about something on the BBC.
Bob offered an interesting snippet on 1 Tim 2:12 and Jerome’s bungled rendition of it and the negative influence that bungled version has had on the Church. It’s the first post of the month by someone who isn’t a biblical scholar.
Chris Keith was the first to announce the Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity Conference. No one knows evil like Chris. He’s from Kentucky. That’s almost like being from West Virginia. Or Ohio. Or Florida. Or Texas!
Shawn Wilhite was first (that I saw anyway- because you people are wretched at sending along carnival post recommendations) to point out a new toy for the Reception-History crowd: Novum Testamentum Patristicum. A new series on the history of Evangelicalism (since the 1730’s) has been launched by Ashgate and is announced by one of the co-editors, one David Ceri.
Christojay is a new group blog containing the thoughts and notions of Nijay Gupta and Christopher Skinner. They’re the new ‘power couple’ amongst the mid-level bibliobloggers. Pay them a visit. You’ll probably enjoy it and you may not even regret it (as one does when one visits Joel’s blog – yet another group blog [because no one wants to work alone anymore]).
The Lead Codices were in the news again… good heavens. But, thankfully, there’s a very nice historical overview of the charade that’s very much worth reading. If you only read two things this month – read it (you’re already reading this, so that’s one, and it’s two). Bart Ehrman was first to offer an actual argument on the question of Jesus and Marriage.
Matt Montioninioni pointed out an essay by Paul Anderson about Raymond Brown’s contribution to Johannine scholarship. A good read. Jeremiah Gibbs had some good thoughts on what it means to be a Bible scholar.
For the first time Chris Keith disappointed me. He has joined, it seems, the ranks of the Q deniers. Q deniers… how can they ignore the obvious fact that there’s a giant critical edition of Q? It’s right there in black and white. People don’t just make stuff up without evidence…
Tiny Josh Mann (he’s just 5’0″ tall but really clever) is the first to review something called Accordance 10. I’ve not read the review but I think it has something to do with accordions. If you play the accordion you might want to read his piece.
In a first, first, Michael Bird announced the forthcoming publication responding to a forthcoming publication by Bart Ehrman! It’s the battle of the not yet published books! This should be fun. Brian LePort has been reading Hamman’s biography of Bultmann and he’s learning stuff he didn’t know. That’s what happens when one reads.
Rick Brannan is the first person in the history of the world to tweet about the pseudepigrapha. He’s a weirdo.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s glance into the best of the best (or whatever they were).
There’s an official carnival somewhere but in all honesty I’m freezing and it’s hard to type with frostbitten fingers and I don’t want to look it up. Anyway, it’s not like they’re going to link here so- well – to the pit with ’em.