Autumnal Carnivals

Richard ‘Older Than Me’ Goode With some gently used carnival observations which do read.

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

‘Biblical studies isn’t boring and if it is, then someone you know is doing it wrong.’ With these wise words from the unconscionably sagacious JimWest, our monthly treat of Biblical Studies Carnivals proves once again that biblical studies is far, far, FAR from boring. So, pour yourself a mug of something warming, throw another log onto the fire and curl up for some autumnal goodies… 

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The Anniversary of the Reformatory Speech of Nicholas Cop (Written by John Calvin)

The new rector of the university [of Paris] was Nicholas Cop, the son of a distinguished physician, and a warm friend of Calvin. All Saints’ Day brought with it the duty of delivering the annual oration, and a month after his election, November 1, 1533, before a large audience in the Church of the Mathurins, the new rector spoke after a fashion to injure himself and his friend, John Calvin. Cop had asked Calvin to write the address or to make substantial contributions to it, and the result was, as Beza tells the incident, “Very different kind of oration from the ordinary one, for he spoke of religious matters with great freedom.”

In the speech Calvin made a plea for the New Testament kind of reformation, and boldly attacked the musty theologians of the day as a set of sophists, ignorant of the true Gospel. “They teach nothing of faith, nothing of the love of God, nothing of the remission of grace, nothing of Justification, or if they do so, they pervert and undermine it all by their laws and sophistries. I beg of you, who are here present, not to tolerate any longer these heresies and abuses.”

The word was out and could not be recalled. It was sufficient to rouse against Cop all the ire of the conservatives. The Sorbonne interpreted the address as a manifesto against the Holy Church, and condemned it to the flames. The rector of a month fled to Basel. Calvin fell into their accusation also, so we judge his share in the speech was not a secret. He took temporary refuge in the dwelling of a vine-dresser in the Fauburg St. Victor, changed his clothing, was let down from a window, Pauline fashion, and escaped from Paris carrying a hoe upon his shoulder to perfect his disguise. The police were quick upon his heels, yet found nothing save his books and papers.

And so it began- the career of Calvin the Reformer.

Biblical Studies Carnival – October 2015

Nice work Phil, very thorough.

Reading Acts

Typical Blogger Typical Blogger

Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival  for October 2015. This is BiblioBlog Carnival 116. The first BiblioBlog carnival was Joel Ng at Ebla Logs in March 2005. That blog is not long gone, but you can read an archive of it at Peter Kirby’s Biblioblog Top 50.  I took over as the “keeper of the list” in summer of 2012 when Jim Linville of Dr. Jim’s Thinking Shop retired from blogging. This marks three and half years of cajoling people into volunteering to host carnivals. I guess that is half-a-tribulation period, for the dispensationalists in the audience. in fact, 116*6 is 696, and if you flip the middle number, well, there it is. Another blood moon prophecy fulfilled.

I looked over the Carnival I hosted in July of 2012 and was surprised how many blogs have disappeared, but also how many new, active bloggers have arrived recent years. There are still many solid, scholarly…

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Great Images of the DSS from Leon Levy

For the first 40 years after their discovery, the study of the thousands of text fragments was monopolized by fewer then a dozen international scholars, all great experts in their respective fields. This limited team size prevented the speedy publication of the texts. In the early 1990s, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) took major steps to advance the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hebrew University Professor Emanuel Tov was nominated as chief editor and the publication was divided among about 100 international scholars; by 2001, the majority of the official editions had been published and were located in academic libraries.

Go there for the pictures.

The October Avignonian Carnival: The ‘SBL Is Just 20 Days Away’ Edition

Welcome to the Carnival before the Atlanta Carnival- also known as the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. In honor of that joyful event (whereat most folk attend a few papers and use the rest of their time schmoozing and going to receptions to eat free food and consume gallons of the devil’s brew and trolling around the book hall seeing if they can get their picture taken with some notable), the following Carnival will be sort of short (so you can spend your time preparing for SBL).

Why? Because. You’re welcome. Hopefully the focus will get the conversational juices flowing and when SBL arrives you’ll have your pump primed for much learning (to go along with copious schmoozing). Enjoy.

Hebrew Bible

Antonio Lombatti introduced us to the discovery of a bit of the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Very, very interesting stuff!  John Bergsma led folk through an explanation of the lectionary readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (whatever all that is.  Baptists don’t lectionary because we believe the Bible).

David *Gentle As A* Lamb discusses rape, David, Bathsheba, and God.  Read it, if you dare.  That kid, you have to admit, is a provocateur.

Enjoy this paper- Moses and the Exodus Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence.

Konrad Schmid wrote an entry for an Oxford Dictionary of something something something on Creation. Enjoy!

James Spinti had some thoughts on God’s praise of Job.  He notes

God does not praise a specific statement made by Job (neither the patient sufferer of the beginning, the passionate rebel of the middle section, nor the individual who rebukes himself in the end). God does not justify a specific teaching about himself but rather the direction of Job’s speech, his internal stance, his knowledge of the place to which and from which his thoughts proceed. God praises Job’s speech as a speech to God.

It’s a good post which you ought to read if you haven’t already.

Folk who love all things Qumran will definitely enjoy this very good collection of photos from the site.  Great, great images.  Similarly, here are some photos of a couple of early players in the Scrolls game.

They’ve found Goliath’s skull!  And they’ve made a documentary!!!!!  [Might as well have.  It’s the same quality of scholarship as you’ll see on Discovery Channel.  Except more honest].

Jennifer Guo (a lady, and a theology student- so a rarity) has reviewed some English study Bible (as though studying anything but the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek were meaningful).  It’s a nice review though, so you should review it.

Brian Davidson interviewed Andrew Perrin about a new book on Aramaic Scrolls and such kinds of things there.  Brian remarks Throughout the interview, Andrew does a great job discussing the relevance of his work even for those outside DSS studies.

Simone Venturini took Sodom in hand and strove to explain the reason for its destruction.  Some very cogent observations.  This is the first of a series of posts on the subject.  Take a look at Simone’s blog and you’ll discover the others.

Torrey Seland has some things to tell you about the Philo section of the upcoming SBL.  You’ll be desirous of taking a look.

Susan Docherty waxes pseudepigraphally poetic in an audio presentation presented by Richard the Goode.  There’s something really important about understanding the literature that sprang up around what we call Scripture.  Give the post a read and the audio a listen.

Tim Bulkeley has a really good post on prophets, prophecy, and prediction which you ought to read if you already haven’t.  Good stuff.  The sort of thing you should hear at an SBL session.

New Testament

Someone called Richard Goode provided links to various Carnivals related to Biblical studies things.  I have to say, one of the carnivals was REALLY good and the others were just marginally not terrible.  Carnivals are so fun.  Fun stuff.  Biblical studies isn’t boring and if it is, then someone you know is doing it wrong.  Not doing it wrong at all is Sarah Bond whose piece on crossdressing in antiquity is just the sort of thing that Joel Watts will find very very helpful (not that there’s anything wrong with Joel….).

Rick ‘The Lexicator’ Brannan posted a posting on the use of a concept in the LXX and the New Testament.  ‘Presence’ or something like that.  It has to do with presence and its presence.

Phillipp Longggg wrote a post titled Old New Perspectives on Romans.  New, huh?  Neat.  (Although they seem fairly old- but maybe that’s just because those of us long in the tooth recall old things said long ago whilst the kiddos today are more focused (read, only focused) on ideas 20 minutes old).  But, you know how he is…

Dan Wallace posted a series of videos on text criticism.  There’s lots to watch and lots to learn.  If you missed it, see it now.

Matthew Lynch wrote a two entry series on Jesus and Old Testamenty stuff like vengeance and something called ‘love of enemies‘ (which sounds weird because it’s nigh impossible to love people you even like.  Barely).  It;s a new blog.  You can subscribe if you want to.

Shawn Wilhite reviewed a book by some NT Wright person – a book which doubtless is just like all the other books Wright writes which is to say, super speculative.  I just don’t get the whole ‘I’m a theologian but I want people to think I’m a historian’ thing (and vice versa).  Just embrace your field.  Be who you are.  Come out of the epistemological closet and proudly proclaim- “I’m a metaphysician and I don’t care who knows it.”  Be loud, be proud, be all up in their face with it yo and shove it down their throats till they choke and gag.  Stop half-measuring it and stop offering history that isn’t historical or theology that isn’t theological (metaphysical).

The Newest number of the Journal- The Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting– has appeared and we only know about it because Richard Goode mentioned it.  Richard is on the cutting edge of all things interesting.  Well, on some things interesting.  A few things.  One or two.  At any rate, it’s a good Journal and it’s free and it won’t cost you anything. Plus, you can download individual essays.  For free.



Thanks for visiting! See you in three weeks at #SBL2015. Say hi. I’ll be the one with a camera (an actual camera, not just a phone) and Chris Tilling (every now and then.  It’s not like we hang out 24/7).  (Oh, and get the meeting app).