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).


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