It’s The ‘Year is Half Over and You Haven’t Done Much With it Yet’ Biblical Studies Carnival

What did you do with your Spring?  How did your June go?  The folk mentioned below carried on.  Did you?  May their industriousness motivate you to do something in July.  The year is half over.  Don’t let the second half be wasted.  Go to the ant, thou sluggard, or at least go to the bloggers!

[NB– Some sensitive readers may find the small fragments of snark scattered throughout the Carnival to be distressing.  If you are easily triggered due to a lack of good humor, then proceed at your own peril.]


Miscellaneous Stuff

miscellaneousYou probably missed most of this but you still have one day to attend-  Registration (free) now open for the CenSAMM conference (29 June to 1 July 2021) on apocalyptic and millenarian movements.  James Crossley is one of the most important parts of the center and steers it well, so it’s certainly something to keep an eye on for things to come.

Sadly word came on the second of June that Gerd Luedemann had died.  He was quite the provocateur.  The David Friedrich Strauss of our time (as I once told him).  He will be missed.  Richard Longenecker also died in June, on the 7th.  He was remembered by James Ernest of Eerdmans.  And Javier Garcia, on the faculty at George Fox, passed away on June 19 due to a surfing accident.  He is remembered by the University President.  What sad news for his family and friends.

Dirk Obbink had a bad June.  Hobby Lobby sued him.  Your month was probably better than his.

Are you interested in memory studies?  Do you remember why?  Well maybe Tavis can help.  He describes what he calls ‘new directions in memory studies’.

Bart Ehrman discussed tenure in a very interesting post.  Tenure is politics.  That’s the takeaway from the first part of his post.  Go read the whole.  As we all know, by the by, it’s not what you know that matters, it’s who you know.

One of the more interesting posts in this category in June was on the intersection of the asterisk and the Bible.  Really, really interesting.

If science and faith and Ben Witherington are your thing, then you’ll really enjoy this!

I did not know till today that Adrian Schenker had a blog.  But he does.  You may not know his name, but everyone involved in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible does.  He’s the editor in chief of BHQ.  And he’s written a number of very useful and interesting things which you should read.

If paying for blog content is your thing, they you might want to check out Scot McKnight’s pay per view post on translations and how they …. well truth told, I don’t know what it’s about.  It’s not visible.  And I don’t pay for posts.  Someone who does recommended it however and so I leave to you whether or not you’ll JSTOR it.

Many congratulations to John Collins upon his retirement!  What an incredible career.

In the ‘Happy News’ department, the Bible Museum has finally re-opened after its long covid closing.  Hooray!  Yes, that’s THE Bible Museum.  The one worth visiting.  Not the one owned (basically) by Hobby Lobby in DC.

Finally some good news in higher academics:

@trschester – We’re relieved to hear that compulsory redundancies are no longer being sought in our Department. During this difficult time, we’ve been deeply grateful for the support and affirmation of our work from our students and external colleagues.

You know you want to attend a zoom series titled Circumcision, Gender, and Ethnicity in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, August 16/23/30, 2:00-4:00 PM BST.  Sign up here.

Peter Enns is taking surfing lessons.

@peteenns – Did you miss the podcast yesterday? Don’t worry, we’ve just started our summer schedule to accommodate my surfing lessons.

It has nothing to do with anything but Pete Enns, surfing.  I’d like you to imagine it.  Podcasts and surfing.  They are pretty much exactly the same thing.  They last 3 seconds and when they’re over, no one remembers them.

Do you crave a job in academia?  Well Louisville Seminary is looking for YOU!  (If you meet certain qualifications which they cannot mention but which are understood by everyone on the committee).

Do NOT miss this erudite and descriptive and 100% accurate post on academic bullies and the playbook they invariably follow.  You know some of these kinds of people.  And if you don’t, I can send a list.

Theological Stuff


Scot McKnight has some thoughts on inerrancy.  Which he shares.  It’s kind of long.  But not inerrant.  Todd Brewer longs fondly for WWJD bracelets.  Remember those?  Those were the days, weren’t they…

The international Conference on the Reception of Martin Niemoeller was reported on here.  It was a fascinating series of lectures and if you missed them, they are nicely summarized in the aforementioned report.  You can watch one of the panel discussions here.

Beth Allison Barr’s ‘Biblical Womanhood’ received a super review.  You’ll want to read it.  And you’ll want to read Beth’s book.  Also reviewed in June was Kristin Du Mez’s brilliant ‘Jesus and John Wayne’ which you’ve surely read by now.  And if not, go do it.

Allan Bevere does a podcast on the bible.  This episode is on the bible.  Other episodes probably are too.  If you like podcasts, I guess you’d like this one.  Unless you don’t like the bible (i.e., you’re a ‘progressive’ Christian and then, like Jefferson, you’ve hacked the bible apart and only kept the tiny fraction that you agree with).

Michael Pahl has some advice about looking more closely at Scripture so as to see things often missed.

Your crazy uncle Peter Enns is screaming at the clouds….  Literally this time.

Ordained Weslyan Women???????  What??????????  Enjoy.

Books and Journals

There’s a new commentary on Jonah.  And it looks pretty interesting.  And, yeah, it appeared in May.  But in my defense I didn’t hear about it till early June.  So that’s why it’s included.  And there’s a new commentary on Proverbs.   I wonder if chapter 31 is complementarian.  That ideology is super popular these days, like the new electric light bulb and the motorized car.  And there’s a new commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah.  The ‘minor prophets are anything but minor.

If you only buy one book in July, buy ‘Voices from the Ruins: Theodicy and the Fall of Jerusalem in the Hebrew Bible‘.  It is the best treatment of the topic of theodicy yet published.

Do you like free books?  And free books that are Festschriften?  And that you can download now?  Well if you do, this book’s for you: From Sherds to Landscapes.

A tweet about a book that has till now been in the price range of the upper classes but will now be available at a price point even the peasants can manage-

Jim Gordon reviewed Nijay Gupta’s book on Paul.  He opines … as a sustained argument, this is a book rich in ideas, underpinned by even-handed research, and offering some positive alternatives to the defensive tactics of some scholars’ who reduce theological and exegetical disagreements to zero sum games.

I don’t know about any of that.

Thomas Renz wrote a commentary on some of the minor prophets and Eerdword asks some questions about it.  Words about books which are words.  What could be better.  Amen.

Konrad Schmid and Thomas Roemer have published a new volume: The Joseph Story Between Egypt and Israel.  It’s free.

Bill Arnal does a bit of juggling (but without the cool bowling pins or fire sticks) when he discusses two books at the same time along with their authors.  He writes

Signs, Wonders, and Gifts (Eyl) and Having the Spirit of Christ (Bazzana) may occupy two separate hard-copy bodies, but they are united in one spirit.

And so he talks about them together.  And concludes

I think that we students of ancient religions would discover that we do not, in fact, study “religion.” Rather, we seek to reimagine, reconstruct and narratively re-present the many different relationships—all variously organized, maintained, and enacted—between two broad (and graduated, and sometimes overlapping) species of ancient social agents: humans, and their gods.

Well okie dokie then.

James Spinti continues to add to his interesting list of posts regarding editing matters.  If you are looking to publish, his suggestions will be of immense help.

Phil Long reviewed a new commentary on Romans.  It looks awful.  😉

Luke Timothy Johnson chatted with Eerdmans about his recent books on Paul.  I’m so glad people are finally writing about Paul.  We’ve all been wearied by the interminable deluge of books on Jude, haven’t we…  It’s nice to have something different for a change.  We’ve all been Israelites in the desert eating the endless and boring manna of Jude and God has sent the quail of Paul.  We will never tire of it!  Amen…

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon has a little video about it which you’ll want to watch.

Rob Bradshaw’s website, where you can find all manner of things, (like hard to find books) turns 20 in a few months.  If you aren’t familiar, take a look.

De Gruyter has a new page devoted to publications in religion and theology.  It’s certainly worth checking regularly.

Scot McKnight showed up on the 700 Club talking about his book, Tov.  Yes, that 700 Club.  Yes, that Scot McKnight.


Ploughing in the Plain of Jezreel (c.1925). Image: Bible Archaeology.Thomas Romer and others published a preliminary report on the excavation at Kiriath-jearim, 2019.  Thomas, by the way, has also received an incredible and prestigious honor (again).  He really is a superstar.

The new editor of BAR answers a few questions about himself.  He took up the post in March but the little interview wasn’t posted till June.  BAR is getting better.

If you missed the fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls conference in early June you missed a real treat.  Some of the sessions were recorded, though, and you can see them here.  Sadly you won’t be able to watch Jodi Magness’ presentation on Qumran toilets if you missed it live, but you can read a good summary of it here.  During the same conference a tour of Scripta Qumranica Electronica was given and it is quite a resource.  It goes live for the public in November around SBL.  For now, you can visit the ‘scrollery‘ as a guest.

Jim Davila had a post on the so called ‘Shapira Deuteronomy’ that’s worth a look.

More evidence that Egypt dominated the Levant during the entire history of pre-exilic Israel came to light in June.  It was only the rise of the Babylonians which forced them back.

Aren Maeir announced the availability of abstracts and video recordings of a conference on the EB age.

They found a 1000 year old intact chicken egg in Jamnia!  Which leads to a really interesting discussion of the introduction of chickens into Israel only during the Hellenistic age.  Archaeology is amazing.

Robert Mazza gives a very interesting lecture on things archaeological over on the Tube of You.  Give it a watch.  You’ve already seen everything on Netflix.  And if you want to see something else by Roberta, on Papyrology this time, then take a look at this.

There’s going to be a conference on Josephus in August and it’s online and it’s free to attend.  Leading Josephus scholars are involved, so you may want to check it out.

Otherwise, not much went on in archaeology.  I guess they’re all on vacation after Covid ended in May.

New Testament

open-greek-ntWant to listen to two people talk about the Gospel of John on the youtube?  Mike Bird and Nijay Gupta?  Well then here’s where you’ll want to go.  If you pine for something else, then you’ll enjoy this

If you still haven’t gotten too much Mike Bird, then here’s an opportunity for even more in which he tells you what he’s going to tell you in the coming week.  Up next, he’ll tell you what he’s going to tell you he’s going to tell you!  Stay tuned!  (PS- Scot McKnight does the same thing.)

James McGrath has a post on John the Baptist (not Methodist or Catholic or Episcopalian, BAPTIST) and cicadas…

The inestimable Steve Black offers some thoughts on the anger of Jesus in John 2.  Give it your attention.

Check out the latest at the Greek New Testament Net for a full listing of the Greek manuscripts of Luke.  I can’t find any ‘about’ info over there but does it really matter?  It’s a great resource.

The Center for the Study of the New Testament Manuscripts has now digitized 2002 manuscripts!  As they note

The number 2002 is an exciting number for us at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. 

In the year 2002, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace founded CSNTM to utilize emerging technologies to preserve and study Greek New Testament Manuscripts. Every September we celebrate the anniversary of our team’s decision to locate and digitize Greek New Testament manuscripts and make them widely accessible for study. 

Michael Bird wants to know if there is Christianity without Paul.  Of course there is.  Just ask Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, Jude, and the fun filled author of Hebrews.  Oh, and Jesus.

Phil Long took a look at the parable of the hidden treasure.  You know what else is a hidden treasure?  Me either.

If you are one of those people who believe in Dispensationalism and think there’s a rapture and a millenial reign and all that non-biblical nonsense then you’ll really, really enjoy this post which ties the corona virus to ‘end time’ speculation and all the cray-cray you would expect.   (NB- I’m trying to be more ‘inclusive’ because people sometimes accuse me of being an elitist.  Well with the inclusion of this madness, my magnanimous inclusivity is put on full display.  So stop saying I’m elitist.  K. Thnx. Bye).

Mark Goodacre and Jonathan Sheffield will debate gospel order towards the end of July.  One likes Mark, the other Matthew.  Both are wrong.  We all know the first Gospel was ‘Q’.

The Center for the Study of NT Manuscripts has a feature it calls ‘manuscript Monday’.  Here’s one worth checking out.

The rest of the New Testament people were on a break, or they were singing and practicing guitar.

Old Testament

Hebrew ScribeClaude Marriottini highlights a person who enjoys the Old Testament, a lot.  And talks about prophets and their callings.  Bob MacDonald loves the Psalms more though, and he has some thoughts on assonance therein.

That ark won’t float…  A replica of Noah’s ark has been detained at port as unseaworthy.  Bummer.

Brian LePort (boy, there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while) has a post on what he calls the ‘key idea’ of the Hebrew Bible.  Us old timers used to call that notion the belief that the scriptures contained a central idea or theme.  For Eichrodt it was ‘covenant’ and for von Rad it was the ‘little historical credo’.  They called it ‘Die Mitte der Schrift’.  But there’s no such thing.  The Hebrew Bible contains theologies, not a theology, just as the New contains theologies and not a theology.

Andrew Judd (I wonder if he’s related to Ashley Judd?) recommends a couple of books on the Old Testament for Christians who are ‘intimidated’ by it.  Blerg.

St. Mary’s is lucky to have her.  She’s fantastic.

A shocking post in which Pete Enns is right about something! (That’s the shocking part). Who ever thought any of us would live to see the day. And yet here it is. Surely the end of time is upon us.

Christian Brady had some thoughts on Fathers in the Old Testament. Buckle up.

How did we go from written text to printed bibles? Scot McKnight discusses. Behind a paywall.

Jim Davila has a word about Ezekiel and his chariot vision. You’ll not want to miss it. Or anything from Jim, the world’s longest serving biblioblogger, followed by Mark Goodacre and yours truly (Blogging the Bible: A Short History, in the Bulletin For the Study of Religion, September, 2010.)

If you enjoy podcasts you might find this one interesting: it’s with Rhiannon Graybill (@rgraybill1) and discusses the book “Texts After Terror: Rape, Sexual Violence, & the Hebrew Bible”

Do you want to teach Hebrew at Oxford? Apply right away!

Are you a Hebrew Bible scholar but you pine to do something different? Is academia bringing you down? Do you want to play guitar and sing? Then you’ll enjoy this.


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2 thoughts on “It’s The ‘Year is Half Over and You Haven’t Done Much With it Yet’ Biblical Studies Carnival

  1. I’m actually slowly going through Giovanni B. Bazzana’s book, and his proposal that in the unredacted Q Jesus admits to being possessed by Beelzebul and that that was how he healed people seemed like a big stretch to me. So far my own convictions (yes) are that a more plausible take on Jesus performing healings and exorcisms through spirit-possession was proposed by Amanda Witmer in Jesus the Galilean Exorcist. It’s one thing to note the texts say Jesus was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub and another thing to claim the unredacted Q has Jesus admitting he WAS possessed by Beelzebub as though there was no tradition or textual indication that Beelzebul and Satan could be thought of as equivalent.

    Not that there aren’t interesting things to read in the book but I am finding the book seems a bit oversold for its novelty in the review linked to in the Carnival but I’m still wading into the back and forth among the scholars at the link. Maybe by the time I get to Bazzana’s takes on Paul I’ll be a bit more convinced. I don’t know. But in this case the Carnival links to a book I’ve been reading so I can at least share that, lay person though I am.

    So that link is actually pretty handy for me as I’m getting to see how scholars are interacting with each other over a book I’m still currently reading.


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