June kicked off with the worst possible news: Philip Davies, a longtime friend and one of the absolute giants in our field, had died. I posted a few things on that horrible day. I still miss him. I always will. In his honor this month’s Carnival is dedicated to his abiding memory- which, to those of us who knew him both personally and academically, will always be for a blessing.
NB– Bible and Interpretation has a collection of his essays- just scroll down till you come to it. It also has an obituary by Thomas Thompson. Lester Grabbe shares a few thoughts over at the SBL site, and duplicates the same on the EABS site. Deane has a series of video links to Philip talking about various interesting things. I posted my own reflections about Philip here. Airton Jose de Silva has assembled a listing of the appallingly few posts on Philip’s life and passing. Most appalling of all, to me, is the fact that the Palestine Exploration Fund, of which Philip has been President for several years, has said absolutely nothing! It’s disgraceful.
Hebrew Bible/ LXX
Mark Scarlata of St Milletus is interviewed about his new commentary on Exodus. A bit of happy news in the midst of sadness. Bill Ross had some things to say about the Septuagint Reader’s Edition- a volume about which I am unnaturally excited. Perversely excited. Unduly excited. Sinfully excited.
Codex Gigas, the ‘Devil’s Bible’, is the subject of this recording. Give it a listen.
Do you like Assyrian and Babylonian medicine, magic, and divination? Then here’s a book notice that you’ll particularly enjoy.
Happy news for OT scholars- now freely available online, Barthélemy’s Critique textuelle de l’ancien Testament. Yee haw.
They’re having a Symposium on the Septuagint down in Stellenbosch. Will *The Giant* Ross has all the information including the schedule.
Lester Grabbe has a new book out on science and faith. Surely it will be of interest to everyone on the sphere. Or at least to some of you.
They talk about Bob Miller’s new book on dragons and other things like that over on a book news blog site.
Second Temple exegesis? From the perspective of Bar Ilan University? Now that’s fun. Way more fun than a visit to the dentist or having a cruel Professor insist that you read something by NT Wright (which in Europe is now classified as cruel and unusual punishment!).
Rafael Frankel has a brief note on Shishak that’s worth a couple of minutes of your time. Shishak. Shishak.
Konrad Schmid has written a fantastic piece titled ‘Who Wrote the Torah?‘ Give it your full attention.
Michael Langlois was interviewed by ‘Campus Protestant‘ about the Bible and I’m sad to report that he didn’t mention either me nor The Commentary once. Meanie pants.
The British Museum is opening a new exhibition on Ashurbanipal and in the run up they have a load of info on their blog. Be sure to give it a look.
LDAB posted a really neat little table of the New Testament books in a list with a link to the oldest manuscript of that book. Fun times for the text critics.
Crossley on cults. What fun.
Langlois on Jesus. What fun.
Walton on gaps. What, fun?
Some odd stuff from Dan Wallace about that not first century fragment of Mark. Worth your time if you’re one of the 19 people on the planet who care about 2nd century fragments that provide zero new information.
Young Dr Professor James Crossley, an up and coming academic superstar, gave a lecture on cults, martyrs and something else. Give it a watch. Oh, and speaking of cults…
And Chris Tilling (who seems to have lost what remained of his hair) gave a lecture on Paul. I didn’t watch it- but you may want to. I’m suffering #PaulFatigue. So many saying so little about the most uninteresting of all the New Testament writers. Let’s get to work on John, or Peter, shall we ladies?
As SBL approaches, people are beginning to announce their paper deliveries. Here’s one: Staging Bíos: A Diegetic and Mimetic Analysis of Speech in the Gospels within the Biographical Tradition. Helloooooo, book hall!
And the BIG news in the New Testament world in June??? Settle back, take a sip of your favorite beverage (non alcoholic), and buckle up… for…. Chris…. Tilling…. actually…. blogged!!!!! Sure, it’s a totally uninteresting post but do you realize that it was 1998 when last then young Mr Doctor Professor Tilling blogged? It’s a miracle!
Archaeology/ Dead Sea Scrolls
Here’s something fun for the Qumranophiles.
Sidnie Crawford White gave a super lecture on the Scrolls. Brother Deane has it.
They found a trinket which supposedly represents the head of a ‘biblical’ King (and of course some ‘scholars’ are even asserting that it’s this or that king, thus ‘proving’ the Bible yet again via archaeological discoveries). So I had a thought or two about it.
There’s just so much shadiness around the acquisition and publication of putative ancient manuscripts. Lots of people will have lots to answer for.
The Museum of the Bible is in the press again for its funding of an illegal dig in the West Bank. Because it’s a day with a name ending in ‘y’. At some point the MOTB is going to need to pay for all the free publicity its getting and all the animus the progs are hurling at it which only serves to motivate conservative Christians to visit and support the museum. Every attack results in financial gain for both the Greens and their enterprises.
You are granted free access to various issues of DSD- till August 16. Take a look.
The people who produce BibleWorks bible software emailed users on the 1st of June to announce that the business was closing down. So that’s a bummer. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a great Bible software package that’s actually free you need to take a look at S.T.E.P. I have my students each semester get it.
Tavis B. thought about a book this month. Something abut apocalypticism…
The Zurichers have added a new section to their New Testament blog titled ‘Book Reviews’. This month includes two new one. Prof. Andreas Lindemann in the „Theologische Rundschau“ (82/3) on Jordash Kiffiak’s Responses in the Miracle Stories of the Gospels: Between Artistry and Inherited Tradition, and Prof. Dietrich-Alex Koch in the „Theologische Literaturzeitung“ (143/68) on Christoph Heilig’s Paul’s Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context. Enjoy.
Don’t miss this: the T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls comes out in July! Charlotte Hempel is a great scholar and her clearheadedness is sure to guarantee the usefulness of this work.
Ugh. A podcast on a book. Why, O Lord… Let me just go ahead and say this- podcasts are the invention of the Antichrist. Just say no to podcasting. Go ahead, make recordings of things and even videos. But for the love of all that’s holy stop being so bloody pretentious. Otherwise…
Phil Long reviewed some book about some Church Father thingy. Come on, people, only Jerome among the Fathers is worth knowing.
A fascinating review about a fascinating book about early Christians and censorship is posted here. Wow! Now that’s how you review a book. And, by the same reviewer (a true gift to the guild that one) is a review of a new commentary on Proverbs. There’s also a fine review of Paul Middleton’s book on Revelation that is must reading.
Interested in the Bible and Archaeology? Well then this book by Matthieu Richelle will be right up your excavation.
Oxford celebrated John Barton’s 70th birthday. John is a superstar. I wish I could have been there.
Sidnie White Crawford visited the Museum of the Bible. Give her review of it a look.
Well the much ballyhooed ‘Mark Fragment’ didn’t go away in June (like it should have). Instead, there were more claims made about the thing – to be precise, about its editor...
Don’t skip Richard Goode’s discussion of migrants, refugees, and the Bible. It’s from a couple of years ago but it’s worth mentioning again in these troubled times.
Hmmm… Here’s a post on Trump, Socrates, and the Bible…. What could go wrong?
Not in the ‘biblical studies’ realm but surely of interest to most will be Diarmaid MacCulloch’s lectures on Cromwell. Do. Not. Miss it.
James McGrath pointed out a conference for those interested in Syriac textual criticism.
Some guy with a code name asks if the Bible is understandable, and then talks about Wayne Grudem…