Category Archives: Biblical Studies Carnival

Sorry I Missed the Carnival

But it’s never too late to catch up.  Ben did a good job.

The Biblical Studies Carnival is Up

Bob McDonald has it.

2021: The ‘Let’s Hope It’s Not Another 2020, but it Started Off Pretty Horribly And Ended Better’ Edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival

Carnival: The word is said to come from the Late Latin expression carne levare, which means “remove meat”; a folk etymology derives it from carne vale, “farewell to meat”. The etymology of the word Carnival thus points to a Christian origin of the celebratory period.

In keeping with the word’s meaning, this month’s carnival is vegan.  There will be no dead flesh in it.  None.  That said, welcome to the Carnival!

Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament- The Bible of  Judaism and of Jesus and the Early Church

Wish to learn about Huldah?  Claude is your guy.  Phil Gons is your guy if you want to think about the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.  And he has a lot of pictures festooning the post so Joel Watts and Chris Tilling will be able to enjoy it too!

Michael Langlois has a post on the Bible and Hebrew that you’ll hate missing.  Je serai virtuellement à l’université de Strasbourg la semaine prochaine pour parler Ancien Testament et autres textes hébreux.

Gary Greenberg is doing a series on the flood narrative that you’ll want to take a look at.  This is the third part.  Scroll his blog for the others in the series.

John Fea has a post discussing false prophets.  In today’s world it’s worth a look.

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on gender in the Ancient near East.  All the details are available here.

Bob MacDonald has a piece on one of the Psalms.  It’s some sort of analysis or something of Ps 55.  I’m sure you’ll either enjoy it or you won’t.

Claude Marriottini has a multi part series on Ex 34.  Give it a look.

Were Ancient Israelites really monotheists?  So asks Bart Ehrman.  I think it’s fair to say that no scholar of the Hebrew Bible thinks they were or has thought they were for a very long time.  Henotheists, surely.  Monotheists?  Not till the Maccabean era, if then.

Steve Walton (one of my favorite scholars) has a two part overview of the Book of Ruth you’ll want to take a look at.

James Aitken will be lecturing on the LXX at Oxford as the newly appointed Grinfield Lecturer.  Congratulations to Jim on this impressive appointment.

Joseph and Aseneth are the topic of this podcast which is a youtube video.

Charles Jones has provided a list of corrections to Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.  Including a mockup of a page that has somehow managed to be lost from the second volume from the second printing onwards (since sometime in the 1980s or 1990s). The reader can print the page and cut it out to insert it in their copy if it is missing.

Michael Langlois discusses Baal in this useful to read post.  Phil Long discussed Ahikar.  Fun times.  Fun times indeed.

William Ross announces the TWU LXX Summer School and its details over here.  And Phil Long wonders what the Letter of Aristeas is.  Here’s my answer: a letter.   You’re welcome.

Phil Long wonders what the Book of Judith is.  Spoiler alert… it’s a book.  Amen.  You’re welcome.

If you reside in the European Union (or maybe just Germany) you can watch this interesting looking film until March 9 on the ark of the covenant, featuring Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Romer: Von Engeln bewacht: Die Bundeslade.

New Testament- With Scant Mention of Paul Because He Gets Too Much Mention as it Is

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to YouTube, along comes an interview with Chris Tilling about…. yes… you guessed it…. Paul….  What a harbinger for the new year…

A conference took place in November in Marburg which examined the life and work of Gerhard Kittel, Nazi Sympathizer and New Testament scholar.  Those unable to attend can now read a summary of the proceedings and the conference volume, which is forthcoming, should make the papers all available sometime in the hopefully not too distant future.

Jesus in the news…. and other unfortunate-nesses, by Todd Brewer.  A perfect reminder that journalists as a group are as horrible at biblical studies as pentebabbleists.  Ergo, get your biblical scholarship from biblical scholars, not news outlets.

The Enoch Seminar met in January and the focus of its online gathering festooned with leading scholars was John the Baptist.  James McGrath did a fine job of summarizing each day’s doings.  Visit here for the first day and then scroll his blog for the others.

T-C oddities and such like are the subject of Elijah Hixson’s recent post in the ETC blog.  Give it a look.  Another T-C thing of potential interest is the the deadline for the Logos Summer workshop.  Peter Gurrie (I know it’s Gurry but I prefer my spelling) tells the tale.  Still another T-C post, the topic of which I hope they make into a movie and they get Tom Cruise to play the starring role is about a family of Greek manuscripts by a guy named Post.  So gripping… stirring… eye-opening… non stop action from start to finish… etc.

Nijay Gupta wants to help you find New Testament resources to read.  Some of his recommendations are good.  Some aren’t.  That’s the problem with lists: they are always biased and limited because people are biased and limited in what they know, have read, and have wrestled with.  He also wants to share his use of Accordance bible software with you in a series he kicked off at the end of the month.

Archaeology and Such Things

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott talks about archaeology and the Bible.  You won’t want to miss it.  Even though it’s a podcast.

The last living member of the Dead Sea Scrolls research team, Prof. Dr. Claus-Hunno Hunzinger, died on January 6 in Hamburg.  There’s more about this sad passing here.

Craig Evans discussed the most important archaeological finds of 2020 in this podcast thing.  What are the top 10 discoveries in 2020 related to the Bible?  Funny you should ask, because there’s a list of them here.

None of them change anything we know about the Bible or add to our knowledge of its world.  But what the heck, lists gotta be made…

A post on the flooding of the Tomb of Cyrus was posted here.

The Palestine Exploration Fund blog has a very interesting essay on Polish Exiles in Wartime Mandate Palestine.

A new project was launched by our friends at St Mary’s, Twickenham, titled The Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements.  Add it to your useful sites list.

@PalExFund tweets – The latest edition of PEQ is a special 50th anniversary edition marking the start of the new excavations at Tel el Hesi in 1970. If you like what you see, why not subscribe & access the complete back issue run of PEQ back to 1865!

Books- Because Little Else Matters

Logos is again offering a free book of the month.  January’s was Feskos’ commentary on Galatians.  Only time will tell what February’s turns out to be.  But I’m sure it will be a good one because they generally are.

Karin Maag offers some ‘end of the year’ reflections on books and their publishers.

Avraham Faust has a new book out on history and archaeology and it’s free!  Also free is Becker’s commentary on Philippians!

Nijay Gupta takes a look at a book on the spirituality of Jesus. Or rather, the author of the book, Catherine Wright, gives an overview of it.  It sounds, honestly, like an interesting book indeed.

Gupta reviews Hagner’s NT Intro.

Chris Woznicki offered readers of his blog a list of the books he read in 2020.  Some of them may be things you’d find interesting as well.  Will Ross does the same.

The German Bible Society has published, just this month, a new edition of the Bible.  There’s a good piece here about it.

A History of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and Judah by Edward Lipiński has been reviewed here.  Looks fun!   And ‘Rudolf Bultmann- Hans Jonas Briefwechsel 1928-1976‘ was reviewed by this adorable guy here.

Craig Evans’ new book ‘Jesus and the Manuscripts’ is reviewed here.  Let me just say, it’s a really important and useful book.  Craig is also interviewed about the book here.  Listen.  If you dare.

Scott Kellum’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament is reviewed here by Bobby Howell.  No relation to Bellend Howell.

A new book titled ‘The Moses Scroll’ was announced by James Tabor.  It’s not what you think.  Take a look.

I reviewed a new book on the biblical theology of Martin Kähler here.  It’s a genuinely fantastic volume.  If you aren’t familiar with MK’s work, you really ought to change that.

Phil Long reviewed David Peterson’s commentary on Hebrews here.  He calls it a welcome contribution to the study of this difficult book. The commentary is a model of generally conservative, evangelical scholarship in the tradition of F. F. Bruce.   I guess that’s either a good thing or a bad thing according to your perspective.

Mike Bird reviewed a commentary on the Pastorals.  It’s short.

Mark Goodacre chats with A-J Levine and Mark Zvi Brettler about their incredibly useful book, The Bible With and Without Jesus.  It’s very much worth a listen.

James Spinti, bookman, had a post that’s just a bit of humor – quite needed in these dark times.  Enjoy.

Miscellaneous- Or, Stuff That Doesn’t Really Fit in The Main Categories

Bob MacDonald started the month off with a New Year’s wish for one and all.  Optimist.  And Pete Enns wrote a list of resolutions that he probably has already forsaken.

Jonathan Robker has a series of posts interviewing George Kiraz.  It’s good stuff.

And someone named Jonny Gibson interviewed Peter Williams (who’s actually smiling in the website photo) about the importance of learning the biblical languages.  I didn’t listen to it because I don’t listen to podcasts.  But it may be interesting.

Ian Paul shares his experiences in the gulag we call lockdown.

The Institute for Biblical Research has issued the call for papers for its Annual Meeting.  Visit the Research Groups page and then the section which interests you.  And the SBL has opened its call for papers and the details are available here.

As happened throughout 2020, Covid impacted the Winter Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study and it went virtual, meeting January 5-7 online.  As always, the papers were fantastic.  Hopefully next year it will be in person again.

Call for Papers (EABS Wuppertal, August 3-5, 2021): Miracles and Paradoxography in Late-Antique Literature of Biblical Reception. All the details are here.


I can’t close the Carnival out without reminding you that the month saw a group of domestic terrorists attempt a coup.  Russell Moore responded in the most precise way and so I cite him here to memorialize his sentiments and engrave them here:

And Heather has some very useful thoughts on the situation.  Let’s hope that somehow the evil that has been unleashed by the past administration is flung to the dank pit from which it sprang.

Denver Seminary offers some really helpful remarks and reminds us that truth, character, and decency matter.

Arnold, though, gets the last word on the events of January 6:


Last month’s Carnival was posted by Peter on 1 January, so if you missed it, give it a look.  Upcoming:

180 February 2021 (Due March 1) Bob MacDonald at Dust  @drmacdonald
181 March 2021 (Due April 1) – Amateur Exegete,  @amateurexegete
182 April 2021 (Due May 1) –  Ruben Rus, Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry@rubenderus
183 May 2021 (Due June 1) – Bobby Howell, The Library Musings  @SirRobertHowell
184 June 2021 (Due July 1) –   Brent Niedergall,  @BrentNiedergall

So yay.  Enjoy!

Last Call for Carnival Submissions

The Biblical Studies Carnival goes live tonight at midnight.  Get your submissions in.  With thanks to the many who already have.

Guess What?!?!?!?!

That’s right, the next Biblical Studies Carnival is just around the corner.  Give us your preciousssss possstttessess preciousssssses…..

Time is Almost Up…

For you to send in your Carnival submissions.  So far, this has been the best Carnival I’ve hosted in terms of people sending submissions.  The response has been both amazing and gratifying.

Send along those submissions.  The best will be included.

Call For Submissions- Just One Week to Go

Yours truly will host the January Biblical Studies Carnival (posting 1 February).  I request, therefore, that you send along your submissions.  Either from your own blogs or from ones you’ve visited.

In the past, Carnivals have been ‘uneven’ or even perhaps ‘nearly non existent’.  But 2020 is a new year and will kick off with The Carnival to Beat All Carnivals.  The Carnival will serve as the template for all the Carnivals to come this year:  Fully stocked, cleverly curated, and vividly presented.

Carnival attendees will not have to suffer entries that consist merely of a link and a two word descriptor.  Gone are the days of hum-druminess, dear friends.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad!  And send in your submissions!

The Carnival is Coming

I’m hosting the January 2021 Biblical Studies Carnival (posting 1 February).

Here are the categories I’ll fill out (with your kind assistance):

Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament- The Bible of Jesus and the Early Church

New Testament- With Scant Mention of Paul Because He Gets Too Much Mention as it Is

Archaeology and Such Things

Books- Because Little Else Matters

Miscellaneous- Or, Stuff That Doesn’t Really Fit in The Main Categories

So if you see something, say something!  And thanks in advance.

The New Carnival is Up

You can enjoy it here.

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.

The Carnival Is Up

And it’s Dr Suess themed, so be sure to give it a read.  Brent did a fine job.

I’d try to rhyme
But I have no time.

Call For Submissions

The June Biblical Studies Carnival (posting 1 July) will be hosted by yours truly.  If you see a post in any of the following categories, please do pass them along:

  • Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament
  • Archaeology
  • Books
  • Miscellaneous Things

Thanks, in advance.

Call For Submissions

The Official Carnival will appear here on 1 July, so if you see interesting biblical studies posts between now and the end of the month, send them along.  It’s going to be hot!

Carnival Call for Submissions

Please remember to send along your submissions for the June Biblioblog Carnival.  Or else I shall be forced to glare.

Yes.  I’m doing it.  You’re welcome.  Now keep your eyes peeled and send along worthwhile posts so I can include them.  With thanks to those who already have and to the rest who will in advance.

The May Biblioblog Carnival is Up


Nice work!

2020: The Carnival

In the past, Carnivals have been ‘uneven’ or even perhaps ‘nearly non existent’.  But 2020 is a new year and kicks off with The Carnival to Beat All Carnivals.  Titled simply 2020: The Carnival, it serves as the template for all the Carnivals to come this year:  Fully stocked, cleverly curated, and vividly presented.

Carnival attendees will not have to suffer entries that consist merely of a link and a two word descriptor.  Gone are the days of hum-druminess, dear friends.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad!

Let’s visit the attractions from January and start off this new year of Carnivals right now!*

Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East

Jan Assmann has a very intriguing essay in The Torah dot Com about the blackening of Egypt’s image through the tale of the Exodus.  It’s a great read to start off the Carnival.

Are you a bit odd?  Do you enjoy really obscure, odd things in the Masoretic Text?  Things like accent marks? Then, my friends, have I got the post for you.  Enjoy.

Roberta Mazza has some news about Brill’s publication of some Museum of the Bible unprovenanced artifacts.  Give it a read if you haven’t already.

Phil *The Exterminator* Long takes a look at the ‘main themes of Daniel.’  Mainly.  And gets taken to the woodshed for his suggestion that Daniel’s statue was an obelisk.

What’s that?  File footage of Dead Sea Scrolls stuff from the early days ya say?  Well who wouldn’t want to see that?

Otherwise, the HB/ OT people must have had January off.  Lucky devils.

New Testament and Early Christianity

Phil Long offered some interesting observations on 1 John.  On several occasions. Take a gander.  There was an interesting podcast (I know, I know…) interview with Deb Saxon about heresy and in particular heretical women that appeared early in the month.

Can we trust the text of the New Testament?  Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrman debate the question.

They’re already issuing calls for papers for sessions at SBL.  Here’s one for the text critics.

The Call for Papers for SBL Annual Meeting in Boston (21–24 November) is now open until 11 March. This year we will focus on the ECM of the Gospel of Mark which will be published soon (hooray!).

Robert has a brief look at the diversity among the 12.  Give it a read.  And Brent announces that there’s a new edition of the Freer Codex.  But it isn’t free.  It’s yours for a mere $100.

Leave it to Rick *The Papyrinator* Brannan to find out some obscure this or that about some New Testament personage from some obscure and relatively unknown papyrus.  This time it’s about Miriam’s Tambourine.  Whatever, dude.  What.  Ever.

Peter Gurry has a nice essay-let on the KJV and a passage in Matthew and versification.  He posted it on twitter too in 2023 separate tweets so be glad he collected it all in one place here so as to spare you the scrolling of a thousand scrolls.

Mike Bird wonders if it’s possible to put into play today the so called ‘Haustafeln’ from the NT epistles.  I say sure, why not.  I’m game.  I also would like to see other bits of the Bible taken seriously.  Alas, those days are past now for most Christians (who have zero interest in doing anything remotely related to biblical ideas).  Mike also wondered how theological New Testament theology is.  I sense a new book in the works…

How do NA 28 and THGNT compare?  Well naturally the TC geekers have been on the question and come to some interesting conclusions.

The CSNTM is very keen to get you to read a book about Myths and Manuscripts.  In fact, if you don’t read the book in question, they’re going to send someone to your house and they will say ‘Ni’ to you from behind bushes until you do!

Nyasha Junior and Sarah Bond have a very good entry on how one of the Magi became Black.  Or, in the words of their thesis- The story behind the rise and decline of the popularity of the black magus during the Renaissance has been largely forgotten, but at one time, the tale was used to explain the perceived need for conversion to Christianity, the three ages of man, as well as emerging theories of race.

There’s also this post about Sappho.  Some text something or other found on some day in 2012 and there seems to be a debate about it.  It’s connected to the Museum of the Bible… so, there’s that disclaimer.  Sappho-ites, enjoy it.

The low point of the month came when word arrived that J. Ramsey Michaels had died on the 18th.  That news took 9 days to seep out.  Obviously Michaels wasn’t ‘famous’ enough for the world to hear of his passing instantly.  But he mattered more than any celebrity ever has.  Rest in peace, good sir.


Todd Bolen posted this in the waning hours of 2019 but I’m going to include it in spite of the fact that it wasn’t technically posted in January.  It’s still worth a look.  It’s what he calls the top 10 discoveries in 2019.

The ‘figural world of Judah’ is the topic of this lecture at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.  Posted here.

Interested in olive farming in the ANE?  Well then this is the post for you.

How do archaeologists decide on dating a find?  Israel Finkelstein answers that question in this interesting interview.  Watch it.  And also watch Israel and Thomas in a YouTube video about their archaeological escapades.

Roberta Mazza has a not to be missed post on the ongoing Obbink scandal.  Do give it a thorough read.

ETC has a piece on the bedouin who discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls.  It’s a sort of ‘thanks, guys’ piece.  And speaking of the Scrolls, Andrew Perrin has a post about them and fakes and frauds and such.  Give it a look, for sure.

Don’t miss this essay, buried under a mountain of internetness, about the perennial problem with the excavation of ancient sites, unprovenanced junk, and related matters.

And finally, ANE Today hits another one out of the ballpark with this exceptionally well written essay on the alphabet.  There are other Archaeology magazines out there but they pale in comparison to ANE Today and, to be quite straightforward, they have more interest in fluff and self promotion than they do in facts and science.  Save your money, don’t waste it on substandard magazines, and instead use your time wisely and read ANE Today.


Pick up your free book from Logos!  And read Mike Bird’s review of ‘Pagans and Christians in the City‘.  Mike says

This is definitely one of the more interesting books I’ve read of late.

That’s not the whole review.  There’s more.  There’s more to, to Brian Leport’s review of a book called Gospels Before the Book.  Mark Baker reviewed ‘Paul and the Giants of Philosophy‘- for those of you are into all that Paul stuff.  John is better.  (The Johannine Literature is far more engaging and enthralling.  Admit it.  Or be wrong.  Up to you.)

Prof Stuckenbruck pointed out the publication of a thing.  Some of you will be interested in that thing and some of you won’t.  But you won’t know if the thing is of interest until you look at the thing.

Paul Moldovan (is that his real name???) reviewed (briefly) Doug Harink’s commentary on 1-2 Peter.

I enjoyed the author’s short treatment of Satan in Peter’s epistle (1 Peter 5:8: “Be alert and of sober mind: your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”). Harink finds that Satan is on the constant prowl against God’s people–the local community of faith–to disrupt its shalom.

Chris Tilling constantly disrupts my shalom.  That makes him Satan, right?

Tim Mitchell, a student (and helicopter mechanic), has written a book review for JETS and he’s posted it on his blog too.  The book is Larsen’s ‘Gospels Before the Book’.  Here’s the sentence that stood out-

Though most of the work remains unconvincing, there are one or two aspects of Gospels Before the Book that might commend it to those who lack knowledge of ancient publication.

Oh boy…  Now that’s funny.  Here’s what Leonard Greenspoon thinks of the volume-

“[an] elegantly written volume … An invaluable resource for those seeking a clearer understanding of ancient literature, including (but by no means limited to) religious texts … Highly recommended.” — L. J. Greenspoon

So, whose word on the work will you take for ‘gospel’.  A beginner’s or an expert’s?  Read Mitchell’s entire review and I think your decision will be very easy…

This young fella named Matt Cover (if that’s really his name) reviewed the Lexham English Septuagint.  He writes

I highly recommend Lexham’s LES! This resource will allow Christians to see the translation that many in the early church used.

I had NO idea that many in the early Church read the Lexham English Septuagint!  There’s other stuff to learn from the review too!

Richard Hess also reviewed the Lexham English translation of the LXX.  He misses out though and doesn’t call it the ‘translation that many in the early Church used’…

An anonymous, unnamed blogger calling herself the ‘Christian Classicist’ reviewed Jongkind’s introduction to the Tyndale Greek New Testament.  [I searched high and low on the blog for some name, but alas…]

Bob Cornwall reviewed a commentary on Mark.  Review his review for yourself, here.

Chris Tilling took a moment to blog in January.  Just a moment though, and then he returned to cheese.  His first and greatest love.  He wrote, in part

I am delighted to hear of Prof. Rainer Riesner’s forthcoming book, Messias Jesus, for which more information can be found here.

Oh boy!

Scot McKnight reviewed Nijay Gupta’s book on… wait for it… Paul, in a post titled ‘Gotta Have Faith, But What is Faith?’  And the revolutionary conclusion?  ‘Faith’ means different things in different contexts!  Who knew….  [I don’t mean to sound snarky, but when will enough books about Paul be enough?  What can possibly be said that hasn’t already been said by someone somewhere?  I beg you NT people, pick something else to write about besides Paul.  He’s tedious and boring and no one liked him and we know that because no one ever went with him on more than one mission. Even Luke got sick of him.  Move on, friends, to something else.  There’s a whole Bible to think about.]

Jimmy Roh reviewed the T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism.  Ruh Roh….  (get it?)

Hebrew Discourse analysis.  Nuff said…

The discipline of discourse analysis is applied to Biblical Hebrew in Zondervan’s recent syntax, Basics of Hebrew Discourse.


The Society for Old Testament Study met at the University of Nottingham in January.  You can see what happened there at the hashtag #SOTS2020.  It’s one of the best conferences around.  If you are into the Hebrew Bible, you should most certainly consider applying for membership.  You’ll need proficiency in Biblical Hebrew and two sponsors who are active members.

Origen as Philologist will be held in Phoenix in November.  Sign up now or you may be cut off…

The Museum of the Bible (yes, that MOTB) is hosting a conference in June on textual criticism and related sorts of stuff.  It’s aimed at grad students and other gullible sorts.  Do attend if you are inclined that-way-wards.

Interested in the LXX?  Well then get thee to WuppertalThe 2020 event will be the eighth such conference, and will take place from Friday, July 24th through Monday, July 27th.

I posted a pretty good sampling of events at SOTS Winter Meeting 2020.  Here’s the link. And of course you can see what others had to say about the meeting at the twitter hashtag #SOTS2020.

The Newman Conference which focused on ‘The God Who Speaks’ was a fantastic event with amazing sessions.  2020 is the ‘Year of the Bible’ and this event was the launch of that celebration in the United Kingdom.

Will Ross issued a call for papers for the Linguistics and the Biblical Text Conference.  Don’t confuse this useful conference for the one Chris Tilling announced titled ‘Linguini and How it Changed My Pasta, Present, and Future.’

Tweets and Tweeters

One of the twitter folk you should follow is David Creech.   He tweeted this on 1 January

@DyingSparrows — On the eighth day after his birth Jesus was circumcised. 1,300 years later St. Catherine of Siena would be given his holy foreskin as a wedding ring (she had small fingers or it was super elastic). Y’all should study religion more.

‘Nuff said, right?

Peter Gurry tweeted this mysterious bitlet-

@pjgurry – So, it seems that @ivpacademic has recently changed their review copy policy for the worse but @BakerAcademic just changed theirs for the better.

What’s he mean?? As a big fan of books, I need to know the back story. Tease-tweeting needs an explanation, people!

Looking for a job? This tweet’s for you: @nt4ox – Asst Prof in Theology (field of specialization open), St Catherine University (St Paul/Minneapolis). FT/TT. Deadline Feb 15.

Looking for a conference? Oxford NT tweeted this:

@nt4ox — Oxford day conference “Martyrdom on the Margins” (JW van Henten, E Castelli, M Edwards, C Sahner et al), 20 February. Registration (free) required, Deadline 3 Feb.

Think that apocryphal materials are no longer appearing? Think again, my friends, for what is more apocryphal than this tweet?

@TBurkeApoc — This seems to be the first significant effort to incorporate a large mum eat of MSS into an edition, right?

‘Large mum eat’ huh? Apocryphal to the max.  Follow Tony.  He’s great fun.  And very informative!

I saw this and liked it and think you will too-

@laurajeantruman – Therefore I will put up with this Church until I see a better one; and it will have to put up with me, until I become better. Erasmus

Laura Robinson had a great thread on the malleability of the ‘end time signs’ people.  I posted it here (having collected the thread into one post).

Chip Hardy, @drchiphardy, tweeted news of a ‘Ninth-century Inscription bearing a Yahwistic name found at Abel Beth Maacah’. Ha’aretz is less restrained, with its willfully exaggerated “Hebrew Inscription on a 3,000-year-old Jar Could Redraw Borders of Ancient Israel”. Papers have to exaggerate I suppose, which is why you should never believe a headline.

If you don’t think twitter has something to teach you, think again.  It holds ‘gems’ like this…

@ShammaBoyarin — You guys- I think this does not look good for the Democrats’ case: Parnas פרנס is 80+200+50+60=390 in gemateria. And so is Schiff שיף-

How can you not believe someone who calls ‘gematria’ ‘gemateria’????

From the Palestinian Exploration Fund, this tweet announcement-

@PalExFund – We are pleased to announce the first event to be held in our research centre in #Greenwich: a talk given by Dr. Salman Abu Sitta on “The Survey of Western #Palestine Revisited: The Visible and the Hidden” on Feb 26. Book by emailing

By the by, I’ve put together a list of biblical scholars who tweet.  If you would kindly let me know if there are folk I missed and need to add to it, I would be grateful.


Scot McKnight has some things to say about ‘singleness‘.  You’ll want to give it a look.  Also, on the 21st, Scot’s blog moved to Christianity Today.  Here’s the new location.

But don’t despair, lovers of Patheos’s festooned with ads blogs, Nijay has moved his blog from wherever it was to Patheos! He tweeted-

@NijayKGupta — Here is the big news: My blog has moved to @PatheosEvang. Bookmark, b/c old site will be removed soon. Here is my first post, check it out.

Good news!  James Spinti is not an impostor!  Hooray!

Carmen Imes has been blogging for a decade and she’s posted her top 10 posts.  I have unbridled respect for people who can choose their favorite of anything.  My favorite things change by the day and by circumstances.

There’s a post-doc in biblical studies waiting for you at Wellesley College.  Details here.

Computer geeks and textual criticism geeks intermingle (like the sons of God and the daughters of men in Genesis 6) and what is born of that unholy union is something called the  Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM).  Interested?  Of course you are, because you’re weird.  So here’s the story.

An essay concerning the recording of classes appeared mid-month and the author, a law professor (of course) has a small list of reasons why he doesn’t like it.  He’s worried, among other things, about his students being digitally surveilled.  And he thinks it has a chilling effect on classroom discussion.  I guess lawyers are always afraid they might run for office and can’t ever risk saying something that might show up on Youtube at some point in their lawyerly future.  One thing’s for sure, we live in the ‘Age of Fear’.  And kids are being taught to be afraid of everything.  No wonder so many are so miserable.

If you are concerned about the fact that women are not yet represented fully in academia, this post is for you.  Give it a read.

Need preaching guidance?  Why not get it from someone who preaches every now and again but isn’t engaged in full time pastoral ministry?  He’s got advice for you from the sidelines.  And what better advice is there besides from a person who doesn’t actually have to do what they suggest that you do?

You know you’ve reached peak academic self-importance when you have your students answer your email.  Like Wayne Grudem.  Don’t be like Wayne.  Answer your own email.   [Why would I include this bit?  Because it’s good for us to remind ourselves that we are scholars and not celebrities.  And when scholars begin to act like celebrities, they need to be reminded of their calling.]


Thanks for coming!  Next month the Carnival will be hosted by, as Phil puts it – “veteran Biblio-blogger Bob MacDonald is hosting the February carnival (due March 1) and newcomer Brent Niedergall hosts in March 2020 (Due April 1).  I am looking for volunteers for the rest of 2020. If you hosted in 2019 feel free to volunteer again, but I am also interested in getting new bloggers and podcasters involved. Six of the hosts in 2019 were first-time hosts.

Carnivals are fun to write and a good Carnival draws attention to your blog. The Amateur Exegete posted his year in Blog Summary last week, his August 2019 carnival was his second most popular post of the year.  I would love to hear from a few volunteers and fill out the 2020 Biblioblog schedule, so contact me at or twitter dm @plong42 to volunteer to host!



*I’d like to thank the many people who sent along submissions for this month’s Carnival. In all the years I’ve been doing these Carnivals I’ve never received as many excellent submissions. So, thanks!

Carnival Call

I’ll be hosting this month’s Carnival, posting 1 February, so I’m soliciting your input.  If you see something good this month, especially on someone’s blog who isn’t well known, please send it along and let’s get word out about biblical studies bloggers.

And thanks to the various folk who have sent interesting links.  It’s very much appreciated, as it makes every Carnival far more interesting.

The Newest Biblical Studies Carnival is Up and Running

Phil has done a great job.  Give it a read.

The Official Bib Studies Carnival

Is over here.

The Incredibly Hot June Biblical Studies Carnival, Including Lots of Scandal Because of an Unprovenanced Manuscript…

Hot Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Posts

Ayrton da Silva mentions Hosea and an article on Hosea 4-14.  Who doesn’t love Hosea?

The fear of God is the subject of this posting over at B&I.  Acknowledging the linguistic and geographical breadth of comparable terminology is a good starting point for seeing how this conception of “fear” does, and does not, overlap with the conception of “fear” that modern readers may bring to ancient texts. These terms from antiquity can and do indicate a feeling of fear. Yet they regularly go beyond feelings, and they convey a conception of feelings per se in ways that reveal taxonomical challenges.

Who were the Patriarchs?  Michael Langlois has the answer.  Or, does he?  😉

Father’s Day is observed in June.  Christian Brady is a person who observes about Father’s day.  Is it coincidence?  It seems not.  So what that it’s a post from 2016.  He reposted it this month and so it’s fair game for carnivalizing.

Is water wet?  Is the Pope Catholic?  Is NT Wright publishing a book this week?  Is Mike Bird?  Do you even have to ask?

Bart Ehrman has a post on the OT and the early Church that may whet your appetite enough to join his network so you can see the whole thing.  I’d join up myself but to be honest all of my income goes on books, food, and clothes.  And food and clothes only if I have a little left over from book buying.

ANEE is looking for a doctoral candidate.  If you’re studying the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern kinds of things and you’re interested in living in Scandinavia for awhile, you should apply, thou lowly undergrad.

Tavis has apparently been having interactions with Marcionites (or Andy Stanley- but I repeat myself) as he feels compelled to mention the fact that it’s ok to preach from the Old Testament.  Why yes, Tavis, it is.  It always has been.

Apparently Lego contests don’t like depictions of biblical scenes of violence.  Who knew…  Deane has the story.

A new volume in the ‘Alexandrian Bible’ is out.  William *The Septuagintialist* Ross shares the fun facts.

Has God cursed the earth?  Is climate change a result?  Here’s a post on the topic.

Ian Paul wonders if the Bible is clear about marriage.  Or anything.  Interesting question, isn’t it.

Hot New Testament Posts

James Tabor is following discussions concerning the Last Supper and the Passover and has some cogent points to make.  Mike Aubrey is on a tear about verbal aspect theory.  Apparently he doesn’t like Aktionsart as well.  What has the world come to?  What next, no Santa?  No Easter Bunny?

Joan Taylor gave a brief talk up in Canada about Jesus.  You can watch the YouTube video here.  It’s only around 25 minutes, so even thouse with tiny attention spans should be able to manage it.  And it’s very good.

James Tabor had some thoughts on the ‘virgin birth‘.

Gary Greenberg has some thoughts about the parable of the wicked tenant.  Give it a read.

So called ‘First Century’ Mark has returned…  blerg.  It is worth noting that the Green Collection, though having received title to the fragments (see point 10 of the purchase agreement), never took physical possession of the fragments. Instead, in accordance with other terms of the agreement (see points 10.1-10.2) the fragments were left in Obbink’s custody for research and publication (the intended venue of initial publication being specified in 10.3).  You’ll have to read the post and its attachments to figure out what all that is supposed to mean.  Blerg.

Larry Hurtado writes in connection with the scandal (this is as close to scandal as scholarship gets, unless you count Richard Pervo…):  This new evidence is personally dismaying, as it raises questions about the actions of Obbink, in whom I placed trust earlier (as in my blog posting here).  It now appears that my confidence may have been misplaced.  In a comment on Nongbri’s posting  [NB- It’s actually a comment on Elijah Hixson’s post, not Nongbri’s][JW], Peter Head says these developments now make me and Ehrman look “stupid”.  I’m not clear how he reached that judgment.  I may have been mistaken in my trust in Obbink, but trusting someone until there is reason to think otherwise is hardly stupid, Peter.  Also chiming in is Elijah Hixson over on ETC.  Enjoy the comments there too.

But the best analysis of the whole debacle is by Bart Ehrman.  His take is here.  And his response to demonstrably false claims and statements is here.

And then there’s this analysis of the receipt for the documents.  Gonzo work!  This first century (not) Mark thing will be made into a mystery film before long.  I suggest ‘On the Trail of Mark: Fraud for Profit’…

But if you want a more Obbink friendly take on the whole thing, don’t worry.  There’s this guy.  He seems to think the whole thing is a setup….  And Larry Hurtado thinks the fragment probative.  Allow me to remind you, however, that it is unprovenanced.

And, finally, as the month drew to a close, this shows up in Christianity Today.  What a bunch of shady characters doing shady things.  And worst of all, they knew they were.

Whew… That’s a lot of talk about an unprovenanced trinket.  Hey, you know how these problems and scandals can be avoided in the future?  Scholars can decide to have NOTHING to do with anything unprovenanced!  ‘Oh, hey Bob, you have a trinket you think is ancient and you want me to stake my reputation on it but you got it from some dude in a back alley?  Nah, hard pass, dude.  You go ruin your reputation, I think I’ll keep mine’.

On a happier topic- there’s, according to the title, a post about Paul here.  But I have to be honest, I didn’t read it.  Not because I didn’t want to, but because it’s a Patheos blog and I couldn’t actually find the post amidst all the pop up ads and advertisements on the page.  Or, I did find it, and Paul had hemorrhoid issues and a very bad case of eczema.  I hope you can hack through the weeds and find the fruit.

Joan Taylor was interviewed.  That’s always worth watching.

J.M. asks ‘what did Jesus learn from Mary of Bethany?’  Nothing so far as the NT is concerned, but that doesn’t at all hinder the speculation and the need of many to make women more and more prominent in the early Church, thus rendering history falsely and misrepresenting the facts.  But hey, there are ideological points to make.  So texts must be violated.  If trends continue, Jesus will soon himself be declared a woman.

Speaking of Mary and Martha… a Duke U scholar has discovered textual evidence of the practice of some scribes to remove mention of them.  It’s a fascinating report.

Nijay Gupta has a series of 16 posts on the topic of Women in Ministry.  Definitely worth taking a look at.  It’s a hot topic these days, along with complementarianism and egalitarianism and such things.  Women are big news, it seems.  It reminds me of what Paul wrote to the Galatians-  There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female — for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28)

Larry Hurtado has some thoughts on scribal harmonizations.  Can’t we all just get along?  And then he goes on to talk about scribal changes, which he views as mostly intentional reader’s adjustments to texts.   Hmmmm……..   It seems progressives were at work centuries ago, adjusting texts to suit their views……  And Larry also has some thoughts on the baby Jesus in artistic representations… and whether he’s Jewish (baby Jesus that is, not Larry).

Speaking of texts- over at ETC they have mentioned a series available from de Gruyter and concerned with texts and textual studies.

What happens when a publisher of ANE texts and related books posts on the Letter of James?  This does…

Stephen Carlson made a rare guest appearance on Bart Ehrman’s blog!  It’s like sighting a Yeti, a UFO, and an intelligent and honest politician all on the same day!!!!   Oh and he talks about Mark.  Or something.

Q.  Steve Wiggins.  Q.

Michael Kok on pseudonymity.  At least he says he’s Michael.

Hot Archaeology Posts

Sarah Bond posted a gem about museum exhibitions.  It includes – These are just a few of the colorful objects that caught my eye in this luscious exhibition. There is is no doubt that there are problems of provenance and museum acquisition glimpsed at within World Between Empires; a fact noted by Press in his Hyperallergic review. But there is also a potent message to visitors throughout, one which asks viewers to consider the impact of the looting of cultural heritage today in places like Iran, Iraq, and Palmyra.

Michael Langlois posted on the Norwegian ‘Lying Pen of Scribes’ folk and their work.  In case you haven’t heard of it-  “The Lying Pen of Scribes” is the name of a new research project led by my Norwegian colleague Årstein Justnes.  The title comes from the biblical Book of Jeremiah, chapter 8 verse 8. The idea was born after I suspected the presence of modern forgeries in the Schøyen collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. Our international core team—Torleif Elgvin, Årstein Justnes, Kipp Davis, Ira Rabin and myself—conducted additional research, which confirmed my suspicions. Etc.

John the Baptist died.  In fact, he was killed.  And stuff from where he was killed has been brought to light.  And Chris Rollston is involved with deciphering it.  And that means that whatever comes to light will be reliable and accurately described.  Because Chris is a true scholar.

A new project regarding stamp seals in the southern Levant has been announced by Ido Koch.  Take a look.

Jodi Magness’s work on Masada is discussed here.  It’s also a book review.  But since it’s both, I’ve posted it here, on the cusp of the book review section.  You’re welcome.

Hot Book Posts

First off- if you are a fan of open access books in religion, there’s a new twitter account to follow.  Announced here.

Heather Thiessen blogged a review of a book on Judges. It’s a good review and hers is a delightful blog.  If you aren’t familiar, you should most definitely check it out.  I don’t know if she is related to Gerd Thiessen but if she is, it would make me UNNATURALLY and GLORIOUSLY happy.

Bart Ehrman has a book in preparation and a couple of book ideas percolating.  And he discusses them here.  Hartmut Leppin wrote a book on the Early Church.  It’s reviewed here.  You’ll find it quite enjoyable.

A new volume on the Psalms is available, in Open Access, by V&R.  Give it a look, and see if it’s something you’d like to read.

I don’t want to be one of ‘those’ people, but I reviewed John Barton’s new book.  It’s wonderful.  And so is the book!  😉

Bird reviews deSilva on Galatians.  MB remarks I’ve finally been able to read over David A. deSilva’s long-awaited Galatians commentary in the NICNT series and it is definitely one to put on your shelf. The commentary is characterized by deSilva’s eye for exegetical details, historical investigation, interest in background, and awareness of socio-cultural factors.   Yes, but what does he say about the ‘if cutting off a little helps, hack the whole thing off’ bit????  Inquiring minds…

Anthony Royal reviews a book on Paul’s use of the Old Testament in Romans.  It’s a nice review and the book looks very interesting.

The Coptic Dictionary (Berlin U. project) is online.  “The “Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic” (DDGLC, Freie Universität Berlin), the research project “Strukturen und Transformationen des Wortschatzes der ägyptischen Sprache ”Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae” (TLA, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften) and “Coptic Scriptorium: Digital Research in Coptic Language and Literature” are happy to announce the release of version 1 of the “Comprehensive Coptic Lexicon“.”

Andrew Judd reviewed a book introducing the Hebrew Scriptures.  An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel.  An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel offers a fresh way in to the Hebrew Bible as a work of literature and theology.  Says the reviewer.  Fresh.  Or as the kids say it, Phresh.

Scot McKnight has a fantastic post on bible translation tribalism.  It’s witty and humorous and if you missed it, don’t miss it today.

Bible Gateway did an interview with a chap who wrote a book on the bigness of God.  It’s big.

Rick Wadholm reviewed a book about the antichrist.  Enjoy it, if you dare.

Larry Hurtado wrote the world’s shortest (so far) book review.  David Allen’s recent study of the appropriation and influence of OT texts on NT references to Jesus’ death is very much worth noting:  According to the Scriptures:  The Death of Christ in the Old Testament and the New (SCM Press, 2018).  I’ve just finished a short review of the book for Expository Times, and I can commend it.   I don’t know if that means he can commend the book or his review of the book.

Ian Paul excerpts bits of a book review by Mike Bird on transgender children.  Talk about a hot subject… it’s sure to engender loads of angry, letter-writing-campaign-generating discussion.

Hot Miscellaneous Posts

James McGrath made mention of the 20th anniversary of ‘The Matrix’ and reminisced about the title of his own blog in its first incarnation.  James is still worth following as he continues to explore the matrix we all inhabit.  Michael Langlois discusses the events of the intertestamental period.  By the by, if you want to know anything about the Scrolls or epigraphy Michael is your guy.

Helen Bond offered some thoughts on Mary Beard’s Gifford Lectures.  A must read.

Travis Bohlinger is at Cambridge for the Tyndale House conference and he’s posted some super photos that make me wish I were back in Cambridge right now.  I guess I will just have to pine and long for it till I get to return in January for SOTS.

James Crossley’s lecture from down in Australia is online.  It’s about English people and the Bible.  Loads of fun.

Christian Brady reminds us that the hard right has no interest in faith- it simply sees faith as a means of manipulation.  Give his post a read.  It’s quite timely.

Roberta Mazza has a post about Josh McDowell and his co-conspirator’s Russian appearance.  My favourite duo, Scott Carroll and Josh McDowell, is still around; this time, they went to Russia pretending as usual to be manuscript experts. Incredible as it may seem, there are people happy to join their show. 


The First Jewish Studies Society Conference is ongoing at this very moment.  ML has the deets.  The 411.  The skinny.

Charlotte Hempel talks about the job of journal editing.  It’s a behind the scenes description.

There will be a digital papyrology workshop in Parma in 2020.  Details here.

Oh Larry… no.  Just no…  We don’t encourage people to visit ‘wikepedia’ or wikipedia.  In a number of publications over the last several years, scholars have drawn attention to the ground-breaking work of several early scholars who date from the late second through the early fourth centuries AD.  In particular, the massive and innovative projects of Origen (ca. 184-253 AD) are noteworthy (see, e.g., the lengthy entry on him in Wikepedia here).  Nor do we encourage appreciation for Origen, who, according to the blessed Saint Jerome, is the chief of all heretics.   No, Larry.  Bad Larry.  Bad.

Spend a bit of time reading the Newman Research Blog’s 30 days of biblical wildness.  There’s a post for each day of June on an aspect of wildlife and environmentalism.

Steve Walton wants to help you be a better writer.  So, to that end, he has uploaded slides he used at a writing workshop that may be of interest to you.

Claude kicked off the month with his hosted Carnival.  Take a look if you missed it earlier.


Well friends seeking relief from the oppressive heat of summer- thanks for stopping by.  And look for the next Carnival in about a month.  And if so inclined, host one yourself.  They are a lot of fun.  As Phil ‘the Host’ Long writes

If you are a new blogger, a graduate student or established scholar who is actively blogging, I would love to have you host a future carnival.

As you can see there is no one for the rest of the year (September through December are wide open). I have a few asks out there, but there is still time for you to volunteer as Carnival Host. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future.

Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing. I have a Biblical Studies magazine on Flipboard, an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).