The Return of the Avignonian Carnival

This month’s fun is Chronological:  The best post of each day as determined by a panel of experts are listed here in the order of their appearance.  And some of what follows, especially mid-month, is sure to infuriate.  For that I cannot apologize.  You’re welcome to see things as you wish, but by the same token, so am I.

zwingli_laptop1 – Antonio Lombatti has a great post on early Judaism.  Not to be missed.

2 – Jennifer Guo and SBL have announced the hashtag for the upcoming Annual Meeting which, to my eternal sorrow, will include the unwashed masses of the AAR.  Remember when John reports that ‘Jesus wept’?  Yeah, that.

3 – I read with great interest and personal profit George Athas‘s post on depression.

4 – Dom Mattos wrote a piece which rounded up reviews of T&T Clark’s amazing volume on Geza Vermes.  Take a look.  You won’t regret it.

5 – Word was shared that J. Louis Martyn died on the 5th.  It saddened all of us and provoked Beverly Gaventa to write this beautiful testimonial.

6 – Words can’t express how much I find Richard Goode a delightful wit.  His post on two recent carnivalesque things will endear him to you as well.  Unless you’re insane and unhinged.

opitz_zwingli7 – Christian Brady posted a lovely series on the subject of suffering, about which he knows more than any parent should. You need to read it.  And need is emphatic.

8 – Joel Watts received a volume to review that looks genuinely of interest.  Keep an eye out for his review here.

9- Chris Tilling posted a nice and nicely titled bitlet on Barthing.  If you immediately thought the word ‘barfing’ then you hit the mark.

10- Gershon Galil offered a very intriguing reading of the second recently discovered Qeiyafa inscription.  Consider it.

11 – Larry Hurtado is writing a new book and in it he evidently is going to talk about the likes of Julius Africanus, whom he calls an interesting fellow.  Thanks, Larry… now I have to chase that rabbit to see if he really is interesting or if he’s just ‘Joel Watts’ interesting…

12 – A very intriguing and sensible essay on the emergence of the Codex for those interested in the history of books and writing.  The British Library has posted it.

zwingli13 – Jim Tabor is doing a series on John the Baptist and Messianic expectations.  Here’s a segment.  If you enjoy it you might also enjoy the rest of them.

14 – Deane Galbraith has an as always intriguing post on- this time – Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’.

15- Peter Head reviewed a book that sounds pretty good.   But I can’t link to it because that would be unfair to Peter who, a few years back, said academics shouldn’t blog (and other derogatory things about books on blogs).  And linking to it would make him seem to be a tad disingenuous.  So if you want to read it you’ll have to track it down using your own devices.

16 – Scot ‘The Canadian’ McKnight has some thoughts on how one shouldn’t talk about faith and science.  Being a big, big fan of the whole faith … science dialogue I can do nothing but commend it to you.

17 – Christoph Heilig has written a nearly ingenious review of the NIDNTTE.  It’s exceptional.

ZWINGLI-GOS-DIGITAL18 – On the evening of the 17th a young man walked into Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and murdered 9 people- including the Pastor.  I searched the biblioblogs to see who else had mentioned the event and I’m sorry to say that hardly any could be bothered with it.  I can’t express sufficiently how sad it makes me that so many people who are ‘interested in the Bible’ are not at all interested in contemporary events; nor do they see it as a part of their responsibility to say something to society in the face of such disgusting acts.  Ivory towers are for pulling down, not for settling into.  Notable exceptions:

Our Prayers are with Charleston, Scot McKnight and Greg Hillis.

Thank you, Scot and Greg (and perhaps others who are unknown to me).  To be sure, people can, and do, blog what they want.  But the disconnect between Scripture scholarship and current events is just so stunning as to be note-worthy and remark-able.

19 – George Athas says a big hearty ho NEIN to ridiculous claims being made that a Canaanite coin has been discovered.

conacher_zwingli20 – Day off.  Was sick.  Did nothing.

21 – Chris Rollston had some important things to say about the newly discovered second Qeiyafa inscription which maximalists especially owe it to themselves to read.

22 – Steve Wiggins posted a review of a book by a person of whom I have never heard on a topic which is of no interest to me.  But in order to be inclusive, I include it here.

23 – Nijay ‘Sanjay’ Gupta has announced that EP Sanders is going to publish a ‘big book’ on Paul this year.  I’m betting just in time for SBL.  Oh boy…. Paul… Who can’t get enough of Paul………..  Paul… It’s almost as though the NT consists only of Paul and the Synoptics and everything else is the red headed step child.  But in reality, John and the Johannine lit are the high water marks of the NT.  Everything else, including Paul, is of lesser interest.

More interesting than another book on Paul could ever be is the interview of Konrad Schmid on Swiss television.  Unmissable.

zwingli_1513_22.jpg24 – Very sad news this day: Eduard Lohse has died.  😦    (I’d have linked to another blog but evidently none of them could be bothered with noting the death of one of the best New Testament scholars to grace the planet).

25 – Richard Goode posted an announcement of a Greek Summer course.  You should go.  Yes, YOU!  If you don’t read the languages in which the Bible was written, you shouldn’t be preaching it or teaching it.

26 – A day that will live in infamy…  Oh, and Brian Small reviewed Herbert Bateman’s book on the Catholic Epistles (I don’t know why he calls them ‘General’).

27 – James Spinti had some historical and biblical thoughts about the SCOTUS decision which are quite worth reading.

28 – Jose da Silva posted a summary of the RBL reviews which, if you missed, you should take a look at.

zwingli_165029 – Daniel *The Big Haired Aussie Transplant to America* Gullotto posted a piece of homosexuality and Christianity as discussed by a book which isn’t nearly as good as Helmut Puff’s Sodomy in Reformation Germany which is, in my not uninformed opinion, the very best study on the subject of sexuality and the Church yet written in any Western European language.

But if that isn’t your ‘cup of vinegar’ then surely Brice Jones’ rampaging denunciation of rampant speculation and pure guesswork concerning early Christian texts will be.

30 – The last submission was that of Deane Galbraith‘s provocative essay on the sin of Sodom. And it’s fitting and proper that the final entry of the month is an analysis of the final book of the Bible- Revelation.  Ian Paul does a fine analysis of the components of the book and argues for a unified composition.

Join us next month as we return, once more, to offer Avignonian Contrarian posts intended to compete with those offered by the heretical official carnival hosted by the non-heretical Phil Jones (or one of his minions).  There’ll be plenty to annoy even those with the disposition of Mother Theresa.  After all…

It makes me tingle with pleasure from head to toe when I see that through me, poor wretched man that I am, God the Lord maddens and exasperates you hellish and worldly people – Luther

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