The September Carnival of Biblical Studies: The ‘September is the Most Boring Month of the Year’ Edition

I’m back to my old chronological ways- in order to demonstrate the utter boring-ness of the month of September.  Summer is over.  School is back in session:.  SBL is still two months away.  And the bloggers are either busy sleeping or otherwise engaged in some lackluster activity.  Where are the oldies but goodies like Goodacre and Davila and Williams and Seland and Heard and the others who were there in Philadelphia in the late 90’s when blogging began?

21977_large_why-is-yawning-contagious04‘Enjoy’ the [slim to none] offerings [although it has to be said, there’s quality in what was posted.  Real genuine authentic quality]:

1- Vacat

2- Vacat

3- Vacat

4- Finally, a post!  This one by Phil Long- it’s a book review.  It’s not the most exciting book review- but it fits perfectly in the most boring month of the year.  I mean, I’m not saying it’s a boring review or a boring book.  But I do think it’s fair to say that the book will never be made into a movie.

829080773b294361e90ea30042d3c5865- Wow- I might have been wrong about the whole boringness of the month.  There were actually two posts today.  One by Mark Goodacre on the nutty lunacy known as the ‘Jesus wife Figment‘ and Richard Goode did a grand job of summarizing the various carnivals which were brought to life the first of the month.  If the rest of the month goes this well, September will be a good month after all.

6- Richard Goode posted the best response yet to the refugee crisis facing the world.  Adopting an accurate interpretation of the biblical text and applying it correctly to the crisis, Goode’s piece should be required reading for all those concerned with the issue.

7- Vacat

8- Mercy! And Luther!  Now there are two things you never thought you’d see together, did you!

9- Vacat

2908762396_a6de94eaa1_b10- Vacat

11- Conference call for papers was posted here.  It’s about the divinity of the Son.  I guess some still aren’t sure.

12- Vacat

13- Vacat

14-  Joel Watts offered a few observations on Heiser’s ‘Unseen Realm’ in preparation for his review of that work.  I don’t really agree with his first complaint but I agree completely with his second affirmation.

15- Vacat

16- T&T Clark posted an interesting essay on a particular reading of Hosea having to do with womens bodies.  It’s scandalous.

baby-yawn17- Vacat

18- Not strictly speaking something related to biblical studies, and yet nonetheless certainly of interest to all: a film on the Battle of Marignano (and the impact it had on Zwingli’s theological development) was made public.  You will want to watch it.  I don’t feel at all bad about mentioning it because it’s cool and nothing else happened on the 18th worth noting.

19- Vacat

20- Vacat

21- Vacat

22-  I heard just today about the St Andrews Symposium.  It may interest you if such things interest you.

funny_yawning_picture_1323- Vacat (unless you want to see the report of the euthanization of a 13 year old girl).  See- September is a terrible month with nothing going on.

24- Mike ‘The Aussie’ Bird posted info about a new book on Israel and the Church.  After an hour or two the popup adds will stop and the flashing lights on the sidebar will settle down and you’ll have a chance to read it.

25- Vacat

26- Phil Long had a nifty post of Paul the non-philosopher.  Phil’s a nifty guy.  He tends to be too peaceable but I suspect that’s because he’s Methodist or Anglican or Episcopalian or something soft Arminian.  But he’s still likeable.

27- Vacat

Yawn1128- Vacat

29- Emanuel Pfoh, one of the best guys I know, sent along word of this conference coming in October in Tübingen.  It’s on remembering the Bronze Age.  The only person I know old enough to remember it is Joel Watts.  So I hope he will make a special appearance.

30- A very fine post appeared just as the month ended drawing our attention to the fact that ISIS is heavily involved in the trafficking of looted antiquities.  So, yeah, go ahead, buy that codex on the streets of Amman or pick up that shady unprovenanced papyrus.  Help ISIS kill folk.  Buy ISIS a bullet or a gun.

yawningSee- boring.  If ever a month needed to be removed from the calendar, it’s September.  Maybe October will pick up with plans for Atlanta.  Maybe.  I hope so.  Who knows, maybe even Chris Tilling will post…

Jörg Jeremias- Theologie des Alten Testaments

978-3-525-51696-6In seiner „Theologie des Alten Testaments“ fasst Jörg Jeremias die wesentlichen Aussagen über Gott im Alten Testament zusammen. Allerdings liegen dessen Texte weit mehr als ein halbes Jahrtausend auseinander und gehören ganz verschiedenen Gattungen an; das Alte Testament ist kein einheitliches Buch, sondern eine Bibliothek. Daher verbindet Jeremias die historische Betrachtungsweise mit einer gattungsgeschichtlichen und zuletzt einer systematischen. Die Gewichtung und Auswahl der Themen ist im Blick auf den Zusammenhalt der beiden Testamente getroffen und hat zugleich heutige Leser im Blick.

You can check out the table of contents and various parts of the first pages here.

Do The Biblical Languages Matter? A Day Conference at Nottingham U

If you’re in the area, get thee to Nottingham on Saturday.

Provisional Programme

10am – Arrival, registration and refreshments
10.30am – Welcome and introduction
11am – Session 1: Entering the World of the Bible Through its Languages
12pm – Lunch
12.45pm – Session 2: Why Study the Bible in Greek?
2.15pm – Break and refreshments
2.45pm – Session 3: Why Study the Bible in Hebrew? 
4.15pm – Close

Bible Illustrations as A Window on their Time

cranach_gesetz_und_gnade_gotha_webFür einige der Reformatoren spielte das biblische Bilderverbot eine große Rolle, weil sie die im Spätmittelalter übliche Praxis der religiösen Bilderverehrung als „Götzendienst“ wahrnahmen. So kam es im Lauf des 16. Jahrhunderts mehrfach zu Bilderstürmen, denen zahllose Altäre, Gemälde und Plastiken zum Opfer fielen. Andreas Karlstadt, zunächst ein enger Luther-Vertrauter, hatte 1522 ein Traktat veröffentlicht, in dem er die Zerstörung von Altären und Bildern forderte. Als es in Wittenberg zu Tumulten kam, wandte Luther sich im März 1522  in Predigten  gegen den Bildersturm, den er damit tatsächlich beenden konnte.

Read the essay, it’s amply illustrated and very well written.