The Pandemic Super Stupendous Biblical Studies Carnival: October Edition (Posted 1 November) – Now With More Puppies

Last month’s Carnival, hosted by Brent Niedergall, had a Dr Seuss theme. If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, do so. It will put a smile on your face.  Then come on back and enjoy the Pandemic Super Stupendous Biblical Studies Carnival; Now with More Puppies.©

Hebrew Bible/ LXX

Jonathan Robker is working on a series of posts wherein he translates and comments on the MT and LXX versions of Kings.  It’s definitely something to take a look at.  Here’s a recent one.  Scroll down his page for more.

Pete Enns interviewed Cynthia Shafer-Elliott about doing archaeology.  Technically, he posted it on the 30th wherever he lives (probably Hawaii) but it showed up here on October 1.  It’s one of those ‘podcast’ things.

William Ross interviewed Eberhard Bons about the Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint.  It’s well worth the few minutes it will take to read.

Benito Cereno has a very in depth look at the more interesting contents of the Book of Enoch.  Very enjoyable read indeed.

Doug Fyfe does some interesting analysis of the story of Jephthah that you’ll enjoy reading.  Doug is from Australia, but don’t hold that against him.  He’s not all bad.

Gender and Beauty in the Hebrew Bible, a lecture, which you should hear, because it’s introduced by the greatest young Danish scholar of our century, Anne Katrine Gudme.

If you’ve been wondering what the Old Testament says about homosexuality, then this post will be of interest to you.  It’s by JOANNA TÖYRÄÄNVUORI (and yes I had to copy and paste that name.  There’s no way I could have remembered it long enough to type it in. That’s why it’s in all caps).

Konrad Schmid took part in a VERY interesting interview on the origins of the Bible.  You should give it a listen too.

April Fiet has some interesting thoughts on Exodus 20.  Take a look. April is a delightful person.  She raises chickens.  But she doesn’t eat them.  Weird, I know, but she’s still a delight.

They’ve found a shekel weight in Jerusalem.  Jim Davila notes it.

Bob MacDonald is digging deeply into every jot and tittle.  It’s an interesting series.  He’s even got a table!  With words and such.

David Penchansky offered a very brief introduction to Wisdom Literature mid month.  Wait till von Rad finds out.

The Palestine Exploration Fund has a really cool post on photography in the 19th century in Palestine.  Take a look.

John Walton makes an appearance on a ‘podcast’ (which is not a podcast at all unless you’re listening on an iPod).  He chats a bit about 1 Samuel.

Will Kynes is continuing his one man drive to drive ‘wisdom literature’ out of the guild forever.  Why, Will?  Why??????

One of the greatest scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible, James A. Sanders, passed away on the 1st of October.  May he rest in peace.


New Testament

A new bit of the New Testament has been audio-ized.  Go here, click on ‘Colossians’, and listen to the text read from Codex Vaticanus.  B.P. Kantor is doing good work with his site.

If you’re into ‘podcasts’ then pay a visit to Yung Suk Kim’s Spotify page (I think Spotify is the adult version of snapchat but I’m not sure since I don’t use either).  He covers New Testament topics (and teaches New Testament at Virginia Union University).

The Textus Receptus can’t be accepted.  It’s a great post.

According to any academic standard the Textus Receptus is hopelessly outdated. The real reasons it still finds some few defenders have nothing to do with scholarship, but come down to infelicitous and misguided nostalgia in the best case and to obvious pseudo-scholarship in the worst case. It arbitrarily privileges a specific period, excludes progress, and inevitably argues from results to evidence.


James Crossley has thoughts on the meaning of the word ‘apocalyptic’ and how it doesn’t describe something just because you don’t like it.  It’s a great post.  Be sure to read it.

Michael Grondin, the Jesus Wife fragment fraud, and a very fine essay.  Very fine, and very informative.  Do not miss it.

A post for the language geeks out there.  By Mike Aubrey.

Deane Galbraith mentions a symposium on the early Church which will be of interest to potentially millions of people.  Or 8.  Enjoy.

There’s a new post over on the Bible Films blog, featuring a new book about Jesus in film.  The announcement of said book is preceded by this:

Apologies if things have been quiet round here of late, but I’ve been working on an exciting project that I’m not yet had to go ahead to talk about in public yet.

And yet there it is, talked about in public, but without any details.   😉   I sure hope that he somehow managed to get Jesus in a film!

Mike Bird interviewed someone (it’s he whose name must not be spoken) about the Gospel of John.  My favorite Gospel.

Allen Bevere wants Jesus to be President.  Sorta….

Pining for a post on The Gospel of Mark?  Your wish has been granted, by Bible and Interpretation.  The essay may have more heat than light, but make up your own mind about that once you read it.  At least it isn’t about Paul…

Nijay Gupta offered a couple of public lectures on early Christianity that you’ll want to take a look at.  They are the Downey Lectures.

Peter Gurry wants you to believe that there are mistakes and myths in New Testament text criticism.  Ghastly.  The process of textual criticism is perfect, just like the infallibly preserved text of – let’s say Vaticanus – is.  Peter also wants you to know that Kurt Aland got two votes on the UBS committee.  Let’s face it, he deserved two votes.  Or three.  Or all of them.

Phil Long has a post on dead people.  And how they bury other dead people.  Dead people are, these days, a lot more interesting than most live people.  Anyway, that’s beside the point.

The Gospels meet science fiction.  And coming soon, the Gospels meet the antacid industry.  They need a good antacid after all the stomach wrenching misrepresentations and imaginary discoveries they’ve been subjected to.

And speaking of the Gospels, two very enthusiastic millennials enthusiastically discuss – in a podcast – which is on YouTube – which means it’s a video.  A vodcast maybe?  Who knows.  Anyway, they are enthusiastically discussing why Jesus was killed.  Enthusiastically discussing.  I don’t think they’re enthusiastic about Jesus being dead.  But they are millennials, so who knows.  Anyway, give it a listen/watch if you’re into those kinds of things.

Ken Schenck wants to introduce you to the joys of Revelation.  Has he got it right?  Some.  Enjoy!

Bill Heroman wants you to believe that φιλεω is ‘greater than’ αγαπαω.  It’s not.  But he tries hard.

Tony Burke wants you to love the apocryphal literature.  So he wrote about it:  “Lost Gospels” and Other Christian Apocrypha: New Discoveries and New Perspectives”.

Mike Bird interviews a guy who thinks Jesus was a philosopher…  Next up, Jesus the yoga instructor and then shortly after that, Jesus the pizza maker.

Jona Lendering has a very fine post on the throne of Satan.  And its biblical origins.



Baker has published a new ‘Handbook on Hebrews through Revelation’ by Andreas Kostenberger.  Parts of it may sound familiar.

John Walton received a Festschrift a few months back and now it has appeared for all.  Read about it on Carmen Imes’ blog here.

I reviewed Johann Jakob Wettstein’s Principles for New Testament Textual Criticism here.  What a fascinating book!

If you are interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls in general or the fragments of Hanakkuk in particular, there’s still time to sign up for this Zoom session featuring Timothy Lim’s work on the text.  But Nov 3 is the deadline, so get to it.

Phil Long reviewed a book on Christians and elections by Tremper Longman the 3rd.

Scot McKnight has a book out titled ‘Tov’.  He writes- Our interview with Julie Roys about our new book.  We are quite bemused.

Randy Blackater reviewed a book about something called ‘biblical manhood and womanhood’.  I’m not sure what those things are.  I guess it has to do with wearing pants and dresses.  Enjoy Randy’s pant wearing review.

Rob Bradshaw has another free book for those who have an interest in Aramaic.  It’s in the public domain, of course, so it’s a bit dated, of course.  But Aramaic hasn’t changed much over the last hundred years.

John Kincaid reviewed a book on Paul.  But not just a book on Paul.  It’s a book on Paul as he was received in the second century.  That’s right, it’s a reception-historical treatment of Paul.  And who among us is so plague hardened that a book about Paul isn’t a welcome sight…  We need more books about Paul.  We need a virtual pandemic of Pauline studies… yeah.  That’s what we need right there.

And magically, announcement of another book on Paul showed up.  It’s titled ‘How to Read Paul’.   Answer, don’t.  Read John instead.  Much better stuff.

Todd Scacewater wants to tell you about his new favorite Greek/ English parallel New Testament.  So let him.  There’s a pandemic going on.  Do something to bring joy into someone’s life.  Read Todd’s post.  So far, just his wife has read it, and she was nonplussed.  When interviewed concerning the post, she shrugged her shoulders, and said “Meh.  Todd is a geek.  I have to listen to him drone on about his crazy nonsense every day.”  So help Todd out and get him a couple of readers.  Maybe he’ll let his wife alone about it all…

But Todd isn’t the only one.  Dirk too wants to talk about The THGNT ESV New Testament.  And admit it, when you saw the acronym THGNT you thought ‘thigh’ and now when you see the THGNT you’ll call it the ‘thigh version’.  Won’t you.

Phil Long reviewed a book.  That’s it.  That’s the bit.

Deane Galbraith has a chapter in a new volume about the Bible and America.  That’s reason enough to buy it.

Niels Peter Lemche has a book forthcoming on the Minimalism controversy.  It looks amazing.  Keep an eye out for it.

Be sure to drop by Logos and pick up the free book of the month.  Last month’s was pretty good.


Social Media

, a tweeter, had a very good thread on NT scholarship on October 1 that you will want to read.  Visit his twitter page and give it a look.  You won’t regret it.   

There’s a new twitterer in town-

You also won’t regret following these folk: Here’s part 2 of our debate review of WLC and Greg Boyd on Penal Substitution. Check it out!  —

St Mary’s Institute of Theology observed Black History Month (in Britain) by highlighting legendary Black scholars and leaders.

This is an important tweet-

@IdanDershowitz — As an undergrad, I had the privilege of being Moshe Weinfeld’s (last, alas) research assistant. After he passed away, I set up a website in his memory: Now @MyShtender has set up an exhaustive Academia page: Please check it out!

Matt announced an interesting sounding session on the twitter:



You may not be aware of it (I wasn’t) but October 1 was ‘International Coffee Day’.  Since coffee and scholarship go hand in hand, it’s worth remembering.  And reading Allan’s post on the holiday that kicked off the month.

A new number of TC has been published.  ETC has the happy (!) news.

This announcement will be of interest to students of Judaism.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve just published the first volume of *Judaica: Neue digitale Folge*, a new peer-reviewed open access journal covering all areas of Jewish Studies.

You can check it out here.

There’s a new blog amongst the bibliobloggers called ‘PhD Students to Follow‘.  I guess PhD students need followers.  Being a barista is a tough gig.  So go follow one of them and make their day.

The Digital Orientalist has a list of great, free, online resources for biblical studies.  It’s definitely worth checking out and using.

Allan Bevere shared some interesting thoughts on Christians and violence.  As election day approaches, it’s something worth keeping in mind…

James McGrath posted a call for papers for the Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World conference.

There’s a conference planned for November in Marburg that will also have its sessions live streamed for those interested, on Gerhard Kittel!  If you download the program, you’ll see a fantastic line-up!

No month seems to pass without the sad news of the death of a leading biblical scholar.  Tragically, this month was the same.  We learned on the 8th of the passing of Konrad Hammann.  He was a scholar of the historical theology and systematics and he was also the author of the best biography of Rudolf Bultmann that has ever been written.  May he rest in peace.

You may or may not have noticed that some academics aren’t very interested in blogging.  There’s actually a reason for that, and it doesn’t speak well of academia.



Be sure to visit Phil Long’s blog for the complete list of Carnivals, past, present, and future.  Phil writes

Bobby Howell will do the November 2020 (Due December 1) Carnival.  I am desperately seeking for December 2020 (Due January 1), and any month in 2021. Please contact me via email, or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a carnival. I would love to see some veteran bloggers step up, but at this point I cannot really be too picky.

Don’t make Phil beg…  He’s old.  He doesn’t have much energy.

And, if I may offer a closing word on our times, might I encourage you to make truth a thing again- and beg you to go forth and be pedantic.


Public Service Announcement Concerning the Election

The election is in a few days.  Please note,

Georgetown law school has created a fact sheet for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals show up near a polling place or voter registration drive.

Find the fact sheet here.  Look up your State.  And know your rights.  It might be a good idea to print up a few copies and take it with you to distribute to the poll authorities and the intimidators sent out by the GOP.