Over at Bob McDonald’s place. Enjoy!
Below you’ll find a whole midway of Biblical Studies learning. Check out the Hebrew Bible Hoop Shot, The New Testament Nacho Stall, the Archaeology Arcade, The Miscellaneous Mouse Coaster, and the Book Bumble Bee! There are enough thrills here to delight even the most stoic scholar or student. Or even the most angry of the angriest angry atheists.
At the Gate
Before you proceed one step further, you HAVE to read Dan Wallace’s post on the importance of the biblical languages in theological education. Go do it now.
The Hebrew Bible Hoop Shot
It’s time to try your skills with the round ball and see how many points you can score by reading the posts described. To start off, give a read to this essay which is over on Travis Bohlinger’s blog on teaching Hebrew Bible outside of your confessional boundaries if you aren’t Jewish.
There’s some Hebrew Bible stuff noted by Jose here. 3 points.
Mid October be sure not to miss the Annual Genizah Lecture if you are in or around Cambridge. If you attend, you get three points.
John Rogerson lectured, shortly before his death (on 4 September, 2018- may he rest in peace), on the forgiveness of sin. Give it a watch. Deane has also assembled other lectures by Rogerson on things like the Kingdom of God and the Prophets.
James Tabor (my best friend from olden times) posted an interesting snippet on the Messiah before Jesus. Give it a read.
The LXX readers edition editors are very excited about pre-publication endorsings. You may be too. Personally I’m very excited about the volume’s appearance. In spite of the fact that I haven’t seen it…
Semitica is out with a new volume, number 60, edited by Langlois and Römer.
Did you know that Song of Songs was the most popular book of the Bible in the Middle Ages? Yup. Thanks, weird ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ mystic loons. Read the post. It’s good.
The New Testament Nacho Stall
Time for a snack, on New Testament cheesy nachos. First up, the British New Testament Society annual meeting was held at St Mary’s, Twickenham. There was plenty of tasty tacos and buttery biscuits and cotton candy to be had by all who attended. The conference, open to all who are duly qualified, meets every September somewhere in the UK.
Christian Brady has some observations about the Syro-phonecian woman. Spicy!
Nympha, anyone? Nympha and the letter to the Colossians? Well here’s your post! Give it a read. It’s spicy!
Michael Jones has some great stuff (jalapeno-esque) to say about Schweitzer and Paul and suffering. Michael has been friends with Timothy Bertolet for a long time, so he’s something of an expert on suffering.
For pity’s sake… stop with the goat talk. Richard Goode is behind this. Richard *The Goat* Goode is a bad, bad, bad, bearded, bad man.
Conrad Gempf (LST) gave a 20 minute talk on Jesus and the Scriptures. Enjoy. It’s got a bit of onion but cheesy onion nachos are super.
Lauren Larkin on Luke. Lovely. Look. It’s laudable.
Did you know that Mark’s use of the Old Testament is important for understanding his Christology? Wow. Next, we discover that water, when liquid, is wet, and we then learn that a bullet to the head can be seriously injurious!!!!! More cheese please!
Christian Brady did a video lecture for a group and even though it posted at the tail end of August, I’m including it here, because I know you never saw it:
Phil Long did a series of posts on the Sermon on the Mount. Here’s the kickoff. And you can find the rest on his blogge.
Here’s a recap of the BNTS annual meeting. Nice work, Travis… Travis seems like a nice person though he may well not be. I don’t know. I’ve not met him. He may be a serial killer. Who knows. Anyway, read his post. It’s not like he can reach through your screen and strangle you.
Luke 23:46… in music…. Okie dokie. That’s nacho-esque right there. Very nacho-esque.
Jimbob Snapp has some interesting comments about Mark 7:3f. It’s a load of nachos without too much cheese. (But I wish he had a better blog layout. I don’t like the aesthetics of it. That’s just me, and I’m not being judgy, but it reminds me of the 1st generation America Online style and it hurts my soul and senses).
Mike Bird has some interesting things to say about the book of Revelation and the doctrine of revelation. Give it a read. It’s just mildly cheesy.
The Archaeology / Dead Sea Scrolls Arcade
Test your skills and see if you can tell the fakes from the real thing. One thing’s certain; the articles from Dead Sea Discoveries and made freely available to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal are anything but fakes.
Israel Finkelstein lectured in Zurich and the three lectures have been posted on the University’s theology department YouTube page. Enjoy. There’s lot’s of wisdom there.
Michael Langlois was in Australia talking about forgery stuff. If you missed it, you missed it.
Did they find the church where the First Council of Nicaea was held nearly 1700 years ago? Maybe. The evidence sure seems to be there. If they did, well that’s just pretty cool. And I can’t wait to see how BAR exaggerates it! Fun times!
On the other hand, 9 Dead Sea Scrolls ‘discovered’ in recent years are obviously fakes. Well, I mean obvious to everyone but BAR readers. But, speaking of the Scrolls, T&T Clark published what will be a standard volume for study of the Scrolls on the 20th. It’s a massive volume with massive amounts of information.
If you would like to learn archaeology from an actual archaeologist- take Aren Maeir’s MOOC – coming soon! It looks fantastic.
The Miscellaneous Mouse Coaster
Sit back, relax, and prepare to be turned upside down and lose all the change in your pocket. Michael Bird has some thoughts on dealing with predatory priests drawn from Basil. If only the Romanists would follow Basil’s guidance.
Ready to be really horrified? Then hop on the academic publisher paywall exploitation express! Yeah, I’m looking right at you JSTOR.
There’s still time for you to make plans to attend the Mowinckel Memorial Lecture, given in November by the brilliant Anne Katrine Gudme.
The Museum of the Bible… some don’t like it. Peter talks about how Alexander talks about it. It’s worth talking about their talking about it but it itself is something each person on their own has to decide their feely feelings about without having their sentiments dictated to them from Iowa or Yale or Birmingham. Make up your own minds, sheeple.
Get your calendar (or diary, if you’re a Britlander) and take note of the dates of the 2019 meeting of IOSCS. And if that meeting doesn’t make your heart pound maybe Syriac Bootcamp will… Man that sounds terrifying. I don’t know, but I think they make you eat Syriac and drink Syriac and carry around big heavy bags of Syriac and sleep on Syriac and it all seems so cruel. But maybe you’re into that…
Randy B. takes a look at the Golden Mouth and Calvin. Sure, it’s not something related to the Bible but it’s a good post so I’m including it. If you don’t like it, be sure to comment below….
Interesting lecture here about those who like and those who don’t like Semites, in biblical studies. And thanks, Deane. Speaking of Deane Galbraith, he wins the post title of the month with this one: An Assmannian Global Spirituality Index. Germans have such funny names. And talk about a roller coaster stomach churning plunge…
There was a lot of discussion of Nike this month. Randy did the best job of discussing it. You should read it. Strictly speaking, it’s not a biblical studies post- but it does have to do with biblical interpretation/application and that’s a good enough reason to include it here.
Hey, go work at Emory! If your thing is New Testament, that is. They already have Jacob Wright, so they don’t need anyone else for Hebrew Bible.
The Book Bumble Bee
First up, the Logos free book of the month for September was Walter Kaiser’s ‘Preaching and Teaching the Last Things’. It’s a different one now, because the free book for October is up. And I don’t know what it is. Because this post went live before the posting of the new free book of the month. So go find out what it is. And avoid Kaiser’s book because it’s fundamentalist rubbish.
Don’t miss Paula Fredriksen’s review of Matthew Thiessen’s book on Paul.
Michael Jones is sharing news of a 40th anniversary edition of Sanders’ ‘Paul and Palestinian Judaism’. Go ahead and get a copy if you don’t already have one. It’s quite a large book (which means it says far more than we know) and it is a real sleep aid / door stop / deadly weapon when hurled at an annoying person’s head! It’s multi-purpose!
Evidently one or two people who read something called ‘Credo’ magazine must be mildly interested in actual biblical scholarship (I know, it shocked me too), because they convinced Will Ross to write something about the LXX. I’m sure in their heads they read that ‘El, ex, ex’ and don’t know what it means. Hopefully Will can help them.
Don’t read this terrible interview by the terrible Travis Bowlinger of the equally terrible Chris Le Keith. Don’t do it. It’s about a good series but the two principles of the post are terrible. Terrible……..
Interested in the history of scholarship? German scholarship? German Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship? If you answered yes, this will be of interest to you.
Do take a look at the post on the OUP blog about a new book on Darwinism. You won’t regret it as much as you would a bee sting.
We hope you had fun. But, really, it doesn’t matter. Because we did. As you leave, make sure you haven’t forgotten your children. And here’s our final word, brought to you by Terry Eagleton:
“Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.” Terry Eagleton
Hahahahaha. Dilettante owned.
See you next time!
I have the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1). So if you see something on the blogs about biblical studies and related fields, pass them along. Especially if they are from a blog that is little known. Let’s get the word out about blogs people should be reading.
Time is up. Send along those suggestions by tomorrow.
Next month Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian is hosting the Biblical Studies carnival (August 2018, Due September 1) and veteran carnival host Jim West has the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1). If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer.
I am borderline desperate for the rest of the year! Please contact me via email (email@example.com), twitter direct message (@plong42) or comment here in this carnival. Whether you are a relatively new blogger or you have hosted a carnival in the past, do not hesitate to contact me. October, November and December are open as of July 1. It is not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.
Don’t let Phil be borderline anything. Volunteer. It’s really a very enjoyable thing to do hosting a Carnival.
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…
The current list of all Carnivals is posted here. Last I heard, Phil Long, the organizer of the carnival, had put out a call for a June host (posting 1 July) but no one had responded. So I guess the Avignonian Carnival I run here will have to serve as the ‘official’ entry.
So, send along your entries!
Send along your suggestions. In particular, if you see a post or write a post about Philip Davies, let me know. The deadline is just a couple of days off, so please send them along.
It’s 1 June and that means it’s hot out and that means it’s time for you to enjoy cool biblical studies blogging at its best. And that means that it’s time to review the best posts of the preceding month. And that means the best posts in biblical studies which appeared in May. Here they are. Sit back. Have a cold one (and by that I mean root beer). Enjoy!
Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
A conference in Jerusalem revealed a series of texts recently deciphered from the Qumran caves, including one that seems to indicate the existence of a heretofore unknown manuscript. It was biblioblogged here. James McGrath went on something of a rampage against the young earth creationist people, posting several entries on May 2 on the topic- this being one of them. I don’t think he’s a fan of the YEC.
Down Under they’re pitching an energy drink as a replacement for God and they’re using David to do it. Thanks, Deane….
Interested in the Ark of the Covenant? Then you need to watch this lecture by Thomas Römer. It’s very learned.
And watch this lecture about the Phoenecians… because apparently they never existed… like New Zealanders and Hobbits…
Andy Stanley (a mega-church pastor who is by that very fact clearly no theologian or biblical scholar) blathered in May about Christians ‘unhitching’ from aspects of the Old Testament (the feckless heretic). And he’s called on the carpet for it by the very wise Carmen Imes. And unlike Stanley and all of his tragically ignorant defenders, Imes actually is a scholar.
If you’re in the mood for absolute lunacy, check out the craziness of the Answers in Genesis crowd… as it tries to prove that Solomon was a monogamous soul. Good heavens.
The editors of the forthcoming ‘LXX Readers Edition’ discuss their choice of the base text here. They made the only sensible decision.
The Jesus Blog people talked about a conference on social scientific criticism (etc) over on their semi-cool blog. The conference has already taken place as this carnival posts but I’m sure that Chris Keith and the other participants will be happy to tell you all about th ….. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……….
George Athas wants to tell you about the parable of the talents. You know who has talent? Not Joel Watts.
#Papyrusgate. Yup. Because silly claims were made about a fragment of Mark supposedly dating to the first century but which, surprise surprise, doesn’t. And, just in case you needed something to live in hope for, Larry Hurtado points out that ‘billions and billions’ (in the voice of that annoying science guy who’s dead) of fragments are yet to be studied. So who knows, maybe among the rubbish there’s something that isn’t. And then this happened. And then this. How long, O Lord…
Deane Galbraith tweeted “There will be a debate on whether Luke used Matthew (Mark Goodacre) or Matthew used Luke (Alan Garrow) at
#BNTC2018, in September. Just when you thought the Synoptic Problem couldn’t get any MORE exciting!!” ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..
John Barclay gave an excellent talk on anthropology, theology and history at the University of Zurich that, if you missed, you can watch here.
Larry Hurtado talks some about anonymous Gospels. (Pro-tip- all the gospels are anonymous).
Richard Goode is teaching Greek this Summer at Newman. You’ll want to attend if you’re anywhere around Birmingham. And while there, you’ll want to throw things at Richard and mock him mightily and mercilessly. He expects it. No, really, he wants you to throw things at him…
Rick Brannan offers some thoughts on what early Christians read. Pro-tip: none of them read anything by NT Wright (and if they had they would have called a Council to denounce and excommunicate him, amen).
Tim B. has a few things to say about 1Peter and the submission of wives… I guess he likes hate mail.
Herein the Museum of the Bible is gutted and the entrails hung up for a public display. And Roberta Mazza gets quoted.
Dead Sea Scrolls stuff! Enjoy! And more Dead Sea Scrolls stuff. But you missed it. If Michael is in your town in the future, you owe it to yourself to visit him. Speaking of Dead Sea stuff, be sure to visit Matthieu Richelle’s new Paleo-Hebrew site.
Be sure to read Larry Schiffman’s ‘Jewish Connection to Jerusalem‘. It’s archaeology-esque.
This one you just have to see to believe. I’ll just say – what do you get when you cross a graphic novel with Old Testament scholar Thomas Römer?
There’s something called the ‘Companion to the Bible and Film’ by T&T Clark- and there’s an interview about it. So you should read it. I think that if you take your bible to a film (not only are you a bit weird, but) you’re not going to be able to read it because it’s dark in the theater. But maybe the book comes with tiny non invasive reading lights…
Phil Long reviewed a book about Messiah and Passover. “Glaser began this book with an argument in favor of Christians celebrating Passover, or at least incorporating elements of Passover into their Christian worship.” Nope. Nope. Nope.
The folk at New College mentioned a few online resources for biblical studies that will be on interest to many. We have four new digital resource trials for Biblical Studies this month. They’re all accessible from the E-resource trials web page. Take a look.
And- run over right off and pick up the ‘Free Book of the Month’ from Logos.
Interestingly, the SBL archives have been moved down to Atlanta. Hmmm… Makes sense really since the SBL headquarters are not but a few miles from Emory (where the Pitts library is).
Bill Ross is talking about the LXX Reader’s Edition at something called the Evangelical Theology Society. I guess it’s Trump supporters who study theology (but for the life of me I can’t imagine anyone in that crowd being smart enough to study theology). At any rate, Bill’s session should be good… One hopes… I guess.
Visit the new website of the Oxford University, Oriel College, Centre for the Study of the Bible. Sure, they spelled ‘center’ wrong… but otherwise it’s fantastic.
J. Crossley has an essay about the Bible and English politics that I’m sure must be good but it’s behind a pay wall. But hey, for $43 I could buy access to it for 24 hours or I could snatch up the whole issue in which it appears for a paltry $123. Which to choose…. which. To. Choose…. And speaking of JC- he’s sure to be at the BCTR(S) meeting in London. So you should go if you can. It will cost you less than renting an essay for a day….
The DMG has digitized its various journals. Chuck Jones has the details and you’ll definitely want to rummage through some of those issues.
James Crossley has added another task to his impressive list of tasks. And congrats to him for it.
Jim Spinti has some interesting things to say about translations. Worth a read.
Tim B. is hosting the ‘Roman’ (i.e., ‘official’) Carnival over at his place. And, dear friends, enjoy your Summer…
So here’s the backstory to this little bit of hellish trauma which I herewith inflict upon the world… Tim Bulkeley is organizing the next official Carnival and he asked if I might say a bit about how I am who I am. So in the dreadful video that follows, I answer that question.
I am no fan of my own voice (which sounds raspy and ancient) and I won’t watch it. I hope it gives those who do appropriate nightmares. Amen.
Is unique. So go give it a read. And yes, he’s right, I’m going to fill the Avignonian Carnival with more joy than you can conceive.
I’m reinstating the Avignonian Carnival beginning on June 1 (collecting posts from May 1 and onward to the end of the month).
During the Middle Ages there were, for a period of time, two papacies. One in Rome, and a competing papacy in Avignon. One was ‘official’ and the other was an upstart rival claiming legitimacy and being the rightful heir to Peter’s Keys.
Accordingly, there will be official Carnivals (which Phil Long will tell you about) and my own little Avignonian rival Carnival. Double the pleasure, double the fun.
Stay tuned. And if you have posts you’d like included, send them along. Who knows, your post may be chosen and others will actually see them (in contrast to the official Carnival which usually only the author’s mom will read). 😉
Our 145th Biblical Studies Carnival launches with posts focusing on the Old Testament /Hebrew Bible. The title of the Carnival, though, has nothing to do with the contents except that the Carnival will be a slam dunk of biblioblogging gloriousness and tiny underdogs will find their rightful exposure to the wider world. It will be nothing like picking up a book Chris Tilling has written that has Paul on the title page but it turns out it’s really about chess or something equally terrible. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Old Testament / Hebrew Bible
Let’s start off our madness with an important reminder from James ‘The Bookman’ Spinti- that translations of translations are not the best starting point… After making the point Spinti observes
Think Augustine, who knew no Hebrew and a smattering of Greek. He was dependent on the Old Latin translations—which frequently were less accurate than Jerome’s Vulgate, which was in the process of being completed while Augustine was alive. Jerome knew Hebrew well and not infrequently chided Augustine about his lack of knowledge of Greek and Hebrew (Jerome could be nasty…).
Deane has a really interesting post on the origin of a marble statue representing Gen 6:1-4 and its connection to Old Faithful. Really. History is weird.
Jim Davila brings our attention to the John William Wevers LXX prize 2018 and your chance to nominate someone. I nominate William Ross. John Meade discusses the LXX canon… and let me say- NO, John, NO! Mark Leuchter has a new article in the Journal of Hebrew Scripture, as announced here. James McGrath has some things to say about something called ‘Young Earth Creationism‘. Must be some sort of hipster band. Hipsters are so weird, with their home brewed booze and their straggly rat infested greasy beards and nasty sweat encrusted caps… gross smelly beasts.
IOSOT is coming to Aberdeen in August of 2019 and they’ve already set up the website. I love planners. I may plan on going and skip SBL next year.
For 40 years the Hebrew Bible and digital technology have been intertwined. And there’s a neat discussion / exhibition here.
If you want to have some fun read Matt’s post on Samson and Delilah. It’s a 1922 film and it looks as terrible as you would think. Some guy wanted to discuss some recent approaches to the book of Qoheleth. Go ahead and read it, but it’s all vain.
Michael Homan has a great essay on the Mosaic Tabernacle in its ANE context. It includes super illustrations. Be sure not to miss it. And if you’re in the UK you might be interested in this call for applications for Hebrew Manuscript Studies: Codicology, Palaeography, Art History.
Ryan Thomas needs your help deciphering a bit of Aramaic from Elephantine. At the moment I’m posting this, the photo he provides is not working. Hopefully it will be when the Carnival goes live.
Brant Petree has an interesting take on the bronze serpent. From Numbers. You know, the bronze serpent that healed all the rebellious Israelites after tens of thousands died thanks to their whinings… that bronze one.
Michael Heiser wrote a bit about the ‘Book of Og’. It’s not the same as the terrible book by Chris Tilling called ‘The Book of Ugh’. So please don’t confuse the two.
New Testament /Early Christianity
You may have missed it but Ben Witherington had a brief anecdote about the great C.K. Barrett, who had an amusing observation to make once about New Testament scholars. And you may have missed the contents of the latest issue of New Testament Studies, but don’t worry, Danny Zacharias has your back. I guess. I think that’s what the kids say. Who knows. I don’t really care what the kids say anyway….
How did Jesus Become God? The NOB debate. Professor Bart Ehrman and Dr Michael Bird debated the content of and issues surrounding Ehrman’s recent book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Preacher from Galilee. It’s a series of videos. #ICYMI (and you probably did miss it).
George *The Kiwi Starbucks Lover* Athas has a nifty post on the reason for Jesus’ execution (just in time for Easter).
Hugh Houghton does us all a favor here when he discusses the resurrection accounts in the Gospels, in Codex Sinaiticus!
Michael Langlois has some Jesus stuff on his blog about a Jesus film in the French tongue: Jésus, l’enquête. And who doesn’t want to investigate Jesus? I mean besides the cray-cray ‘Jesus mythicists’ (who for people who claim they don’t believe Jesus existed sure do spend a lot of time talking about him….)
They’re going to have a study session in Cambridge at Tyndale House this July on the Gospel of John. Pepsico has the details. Roosters and the like make an appearance in the Tyndale House, Cambridge NT Blog. Cock-a-doodle-doooooo….. They also discuss a variant in Luke 22:31 and one in Luke 23. And Brian Davidson talked about the Tyndale GNT over at his place. Meanwhile, the Logos folk asked ‘which text did Jesus use?‘ I’ll go ahead and answer: He used the Hebrew text. He was, after all, a Palestinian Rabbi.
Joan Taylor and Helen Bond went to see the Mary Magdalene film and discussed it on the YouTube. Others saw it too and were not at all that impressed with it. And, back to Joan and Helen, they’re featured on a BBC 4 documentary on the women disciples of Jesus airing April 8 at 8 PM. I sure wish it was airing here.
Mary also comes up for discussion by Michael Pahl. I think Mary is pretty uninteresting as a New Testament character. Far more interesting is the famed ‘Whore of Babylon’ in the book of Revelation. She fascinates (as symbol). But hey, to each her own, as the kids say (when they can bother to stop snapfacing and instagramming)…
Phil-Bob Long reviewed a commentary by F.F. Bruce. Sort of surprised to see Bruce writing a newly published volume, what with him being all dead and all. But stranger things have happened. And Tommy Wasserman is giving away a copy of his recent book on textual criticism. Enter at your own risk. Speaking of Textual Criticism, take a look at Ben Witherington’s post on p75. The page is Patheos so beware of the plethora of ads you’ll have to slash through to get to the post.
Larry Hurtado didn’t like Mary Magdalene the film very much. He would nearly rather watch paint dry.
Chris Keith will be talking about Jesus and cannibals (I think) in May- so you should arrange to go hear him.
Stephen Carlson wrote a bit about a forged manuscript. Interesting if you’re into fakes. And not fake, a multi-part examination of a new commentary on 2 Peter by Canadian Michael Kok you’ll want to check out here and here (so far).
There’s a neat debunking of the myths about women and their place in the early Church over at the Oxford U. blog. Give it a read. And there’s also a neat post debunking NT Wright (alright maybe not debunking but perhaps showing his work to be bunk) by some kid with a Yosemite Sam mustache. Come on, guys, shave so you don’t look like you’re hiding food in your face.
Henry Neufeld offered a reading of Hebrews 6:4-6 which isn’t altogether horrible or completely wrong. Give it a read. And Brian Fulthorpe discussed 1 Tim 2:11-15. I’m not sure why, but as you know I’m not here to judge, I’m just a simple collector, like a Gospel redactor stringing pearls together on a string. It’s up to you, precious soul, to decide what you like or don’t.
Roberta Mazza has an interesting piece on the illegal sale of papyri and what YOU can do about it. You ought to read it if you haven’t already. Beth She’arim is the subject of this post by the learned Jim Davila.
Todd Bolen discusses a newly discovered undisturbed Canaanite tomb. Clearly, this proves that it isn’t Israel which has legitimate claim to the land, but the Canaanites (borrowing from the playbook of the Zionists who, whenever there is a ‘discovery’ of an Israelite this or that, use it to justify Jewish control of the land as though ancient Israel = modern Israel).
Archaeologists made some false claims about the City of David and now those false claims have been exposed by science. Archaeologists need to abandon the Bible and spade approach. They’re only hurting their own discipline. And speaking of false claims, the false claim by Mazar concerning the so called ‘Isaiah Seal’ is the subject of a podcast by Chris Rollston. And in yet another black eye for the discipline, Mellaart has been found to have forged many of his own ‘discoveries’. Despicable. Get your act together, archaeology.
Speaking of the unbelievable, they’ve done a Festschrift for Hershel Shanks…. Jesus take the wheel.
The Megiddo Mosaic gets a look from Arne Berge. Who doesn’t love Megiddo and mosaics?
There was a neat post on International Women’s Day about women in archaeology that is very much worth a look.
Todd Bolen also had an interesting post about the large mikveh in Macherus which has been, for whatever reason, filled in.
James McGrath discusses Star Wars (? is that the one with Kirk or Picard?) and archaeology. What ties them together? They’re both pretend (Star Wars all the time and archaeology whenever it hits the popular press).
Books and Other Media
Be sure to hop over to Logos and grab the free book of the month. Very happy news from the Catholics: the Revised New Jerusalem Bible (New Testament) is out. Next to the Revised English Bible, the Jerusalem Bible and the NJB are the best English translations. So I’m going to have to obtain a copy of the RNJB when the whole thing is done in 2019. Speaking of Bible editions, happy news for the NT geeks- a new edition of the UBS/ NA text is coming in 2021/22. And there’s also a new edition of the CSB coming.
There’s notice around and about concerning a new ‘Paul and Patristics’ database. This is the first blog which I saw mention it (though twitter had noticed it a day before), so he gets the link. Miraculously, this chap is blogging the RBL reviews when they appear. RBL provides a good service so take a look if you’re one of the few who don’t already get the email from them.
Normally I wouldn’t mention a publisher’s sale but Wipf and Stock has stuff 50% off (on this list) till April 3. So look it over and if you’re so inclined, get a bargain. As they remark- Use code INV50 during checkout.
Better than 50% off, though, is free. And you can download Huehnergard’s 3rd edition of his Akkadian Grammar for that low price. That blog has all the best info just when you need to know it. That guy is super. And he’s the most beloved biblioblogger of all time.
David Instone-Brewer gives a bit of a tutorial on using LSJ’s lexicon in the STEP Bible. Give it a read.
The Complete Jewish Study Bible is discussed over here with the editor in chief of the project. If you like the ‘study bible’ genre, give it a read. But remember- Scot McKnight has an engaging post on Bible translation tribalism. You’ll have to hack through the Patheos popups to get to it but with a steady hand and a sharp blade you’ll make it in an hour or two.
Here’s some good news- Francis Watson has a new book out. He’s the best. And as an example of what is not the best, here’s this post. After you read it you’ll be all like ‘what?’ (And I only include it because I want you to know, precious soul, that you can do better if you try just a little. Don’t be that guy…).
Check out STECA! – STECA is an international network for doctoral students and early career researchers, run by a Steering Committee, and currently based at the University of Birmingham. Our aim is to create a virtual common room to support early career researchers wherever they are based. Bookmark it.
Faithlife has made a film on Textual Criticism. Whaaaaaattttt? Give it a look if you dare. And the TC blog has a new contributor. You may want to see the return of Elijah. He doesn’t look at all like I expected him to.
Don’t miss this interview with David Instone-Brewer on the STEP Bible. The STEP Bible is the best free Bible software I’ve yet encountered and I recommend it to my students each semester. If you are a regular reader here you’ve probably heard me recommend it before as well.
And finally for this category- a gem from Jim.
Should you be keen to keep up with biblioblogging day by day, check out the Biblioblog Reference Library. It doesn’t get a lot of press these days but it’s the perfect spot to get a ‘snapshot’ of the last 24 hours of biblioblogging fun.
Under no circumstances ought you miss the interview of Michael Langlois’s titled ‘Revelations on the Bible’ in Science and Life Magazine.
The 2019 Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ is ramping up its planning, so save the date.
Timothy Lim reconsiders the canonical process. I sure hope it turns out different this time. The last canon had Mark in it and Mark is the worst thing since Joel Watts….
Don’t miss Tim’s post on Bible reading. It includes a picture, so non-readers like Joel Watts and Chris Tilling and all the Wrightians and Bonhoefferians will still be able to enjoy it.
For the next two months these folk will be hosting the carnival:
Oh, and Happy Easter!