The Biblical Studies Carnival is Up

Brent has it!

Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival! Although this edition covers April 2022, the theme is Star Wars since May 4th (Star Wars Day) is almost upon us. If you’re tempted to complain that it’s light on links, you can enjoy the density of decent memes. Join Darth Vader, Peter Gentry, Claude Mariottini, Mike Vlach, Yoda, Jim West, Princess Leia, and more for a spectacular Star Wars Biblical Studies Carnival!

Any Carnival that lists me in the same sentence as Yoda and Vader is a Carnival worth visiting!

Reminiscing: The Apex of The Biblical Studies Carnival (Bliblioblog) Genre

I was reminiscing about things in the wake of the news of Joe’s death and I returned to the apex of the biblical studies Carnivals.  It was posted way back in 2010 by Deane Galbraith and is, without doubt, the greatest of all the Carnivals.

If you have never read it, do so.  And take the time it will require.  It’s superb.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years.  A lot has changed.  Some things haven’t.

Anyway, if you ever want to know what a Biblical Studies Carnival is supposed to look like, look at Deane’s.

The January Carnival of the Biblical Studies Carnivals: The Most Glorious Carnival from 2022 So Far

It’s Carnival time!  Enjoy the midway and all the rides, the funhouse, the bizarre and strange attractions, the food, and of course, the animals!  Stay around for a while.  it will take some time to make your way through all the attractions.  But it will be worth it.  Not because all the posts linked are good, but because they range across the whole spectrum of biblioblogging, from the good, to the bad, to the ugly.  And you get to decide which you like!  Because, freedom!

And, to the many who sent links (a portion of which are included below), thank you!  This was, I think, the first Carnival I’ve run that has included so many links from so many different people.

The Funhouse (Hebrew Bible/ OT/ LXX)

Ken Schenk has a little video where he presents Genesis 1.  Or talks about Genesis 1.  Youtube, you say?  If I’m going to include podcasts (those godless examples of what used to be called ‘radio shows’) then yup, Youtube will make it in too.  #Bam.

Robin Parry is doing a series on ‘Creation’.  He posted the third installment in early January.  Find the earlier ones on his page.

The inestimably brilliant John Barton has a response to the question, ‘What is Scripture?‘  If you don’t read any of the other links in this Carnival, read that one.  And then read the rest of them.  Or most of them.  Some of them are rubbish but you won’t know which till you read them.

The good folk at the University of Goettingen have put together the ‘Ugarit-Portal‘.  You definitely need to take a look.

Brian Davidson briefly suggests that the imprecatory Psalms can be seen as prayers in the context of personal struggles.  I’m not my own enemy, so I prefer to pray them against the wicked people out there.  Amen.

Gary Greenberg was all about Exodus in January:

  • Part 3: Why Can’t We Date the Exodus? Part 3: The Problem of Solomon’s Chronology – Bible, Myth, and History (biblemythhistory.com)
  • Part 4: Why Can’t We Date the Exodus? Part 4: The 430-Year Sojourn – Bible, Myth, and History (biblemythhistory.com)
  • Part 5: Why Can’t We Date the Exodus? Part 5: The 400 years of slavery – Bible, Myth, and History (biblemythhistory.com)

He had a couple of posts before January but I can’t link to those for obvious reasons. You can find them over at his place.

Joel Baden lectured on Exodus.  The first session happened on January 10th.  Each Monday in January had another session.  If you missed it, you missed a treat, but you can watch the videos.  Here’s the firstHere’s the secondHere’s the third. You can track down the rest at the Yale Divinity School Youtube channel.

Bart Ehrman discusses the partitions of the book of Isaiah.  I’m one of the ‘Isaiah, Deutero-Isaiah, and Trito-Isaiah’ sort.  Gimme three Isaiahs!

The Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New Testament’ Conference is still on track to be held in person this year.  The Conference organizer, Susan Docherty, has a reminder that the interested register as they can.

Speaking of ‘The Old in the New’, Stephen Carlson tweets

@sccarlson- Old-in-the-New folks, after you’ve gone through and done all this detailed work distinguishing between quotation and allusion, then what? What’s the point of this classification?

I suppose the answer is ‘what’s the point of Gospel source criticism? What’s the point of any textual investigation aside from textual criticism?’ Because, it seems to me, some things are just interesting in and of themselves. Not everything has to be done for some grand utilitarian purpose, does it? No. Some things should be done just for the sake of doing them.  Did John quote Isaiah or just allude to him?  That’s worth looking into even if you can’t sell it on Ebay.

Brent Niedergall reviewed a book on the Psalms.

The ‘dry bones’ passage from Ezekiel has evidently provoked a dance.  Who knew.

Claude Marriottini has a new book on the Violence of God.  He talks a little bit about the topic here.  Claude is a good scholar and a reliable teacher.  Give him a read.

150 Men at Nehemiah’s Table? The Role of the Governor’s Meals in the Achaemenid Provincial Economy It’s an essay.  By Liz Fried.  She’s fantastic.  Go read it.

I- yours truly- blogged the sessions of the SOTS Winter Meeting.  You can drop in on them here.  Others tweeted parts of it.  Chiefly you can follow the papers as delivered from the tweets of Nathan MacDonald.

Rabbi Ruttenberg provided an interpretation of the ‘hardening of Pharaoh’s heart’.  It’s quite enjoyable.

Interested in Job’s family?  Who isn’t.  So here you go:

La famille de Job dans les différents livres de Job. Le texte hébreu, la Septante et le Testament de Job en comparaison, in: ThZ 77, 2021 [published 2022], 290-307, by Walter Buehrer.  You’re welcome.

What the….  But why?  Why?  Why??????????

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The Food Court (New Testament)

Interested in Matthew 2?  This may either satisfy that interest or cure you of it altogether, forever.  It’s a post by Ken Schenck.

Jim Tabor has a new post up about the Roman world of Jesus.  It’s a post worth your time.  Unlike that book about Jesus you picked up at Barnes and Noble written by the latest fad mega-churcher.

Do you love old manuscripts? Do you love Greek? Do you love? If you do, then you’ll love this:

@CSNTM– #ManuscriptMonday New year, old manuscript! Papyrus 52, held at The John Rylands Library in Manchester, is a fragment of the Gospel of John dated by many to the 2nd or 3rd cent. This tiny artifact has received much attention and investigation by scholars. buff.ly/3D8J0OJ

Do you also like manuscripts touted as a big deal that turn out to be total garbage like the ‘first century Mark’ fragment?  Well good.  Here’s Elijah Hixson on the farce of first century Mark.

Did you miss SBL in November?  Are you sad that you couldn’t sit in on a paper about the Apocryphal Acts?  Cheer up.  Tony has put the paper online.  So you can read it yourself.  Or, if you want to re-enact the live experience, just ask your spouse to read it to you while you doomscroll twitter just like you would if you had attended SBL!

Just when you thought the ’empire’ trope had suffered the fate of ‘form criticism’ it rears its head once again!  That’s the great thing about biblical studies fads, they live on, somewhere, forever.  Like covid-19…..  After slogging through the pop-ups festooning the page you’ll be able to read Philip Jenkins’ nostalgic piece.

Jay the anonymous software engineer shared some thoughts on Mt 27:1-2.  It’s brief, and carries on some of the usual tropes that are historically questionable. Cf. Barrett ad loc.

Are you curious about the interpretation of 1 Tim 2:12?  Would you like to read an exceptional bit of exegesis?  Then you’re in luck.  Margaret Mowczko has it.

Do you like the Carpocratians?  Are you also a fan of Morton Smith?  well Mike Kok is about to make your day with his essay Morton Smith and the Carpocratians.  Mike is a Canadian, but don’t hold that against him.  Do you like mysticism and initiation into Hellenistic mysteries?  Well once again, you’re in luck, because James Tabor has a post for you.

Pete Enns group blog has a new contributor, Jennifer Bashaw, and she’s posted her first post on Peter’s group blog and it’s about why Paul’s letters aren’t enough if you want to understand ‘salvation’.  Amen.

Matthew and Luke have different genealogical listings.  Alex Krause takes a look.

Andrew Perriman drafts Jesus as a participant in the climate crisis debate.  Jesus is drafted for every cause.  He’s drafted more than the lead car at every NASCAR race.  I wonder how many of these drafts he turns up his nose at.  I wonder how often in heaven he’s like ‘For pete’s sake, leave me out of this!’.  Quite a lot I imagine.

The Good Samaritan and the prophet Oded… Do they have elements in common?  Probably not I suspect, but the anonymous blogger who posted the thing might have other thoughts.  You may enjoy the post if you 1) like anonymous posts; and 2) like literary intertwinings even if they are imaginary.

Mike Bird on Romans 8 and the assurance of God’s love in hard times.  Job would like a word.

Jesuscreed has a bit of a discussion about the Pharisees.  His springboard is A-J Levine’s new book on that subject.  Scot is pro-Pharisees.  Enjoy his post.

Tyndale House had a seminar on the ending of Mark.  If you missed it, it’s on the YouTube.  And there’s a very useful resource page for Mark 16 if you want to investigate things further.

Scot McKnight has a post on the Pharisees.  But you’ll have to pay up.  It’s for ‘paying subscribers’ only.  Conversely, you could just buy A-J Levine and Joseph Sievers’ book and get a lot more bang for your buck.

The Animal Exhibition (Archaeological Stuff)

Have they found the birthplace of Mary Magdalene?  No.  But no doesn’t sell papers or drive tourists to visit sites in hopes of touching some holy relic or standing in some spot where some biblical personage may have stepped.  Which reminds me, the relic quest is as alive and well, under the guise of ‘science’ as it ever was in the 16th century when Erasmus derided all the fraud and mocked the relic hunters by pointing out that if all the fragments of the cross on display in Europe were collected the wood would be more than is found in all the forests of Bavaria.  Anyway, as always, Candida does a super job explaining the situation.  She’s tremendous.  Read anything she writes.

Bob Cargill interviewed Shua Kisilevitz, the director of the Tel Moza excavation.  It’s a text piece and a video that you’ll want to take a look at.  And be sure to check out the website’s News page.  It lists archaeological stories chronologically and is pretty thorough.

There was a Dead Sea Scrolls conference this Summer sponsored by NYU and they posted it on Jan 5 for all the folk who missed it.  So it was blogged.  Here.

A lecture by Tel Aviv University archaeologist Yuval Gadot on Iron Age and Persian Era Jerusalem is slated for Feb 17 at noon EST.   Sign up.

And, speaking of signing up, Candida Moss tweeted

Birmingham Biblical Studies Seminar @PTRBirmingham is delighted to welcome @catebosh from @UCLA to discuss “Aramaic and Empire” in Bilingual Inscriptions. Come learn about archeology, language, and identity! Register here.

Clay Sealings from the Temple Mount and Their Use in the Temple and Royal Treasuries.”  Enjoy.

Just how much can the most famous of the Dead Sea Scrolls prove?  Isn’t that a good question?  It’s asked here.  By someone named Anthony Ferguson.

Avraham Faust has three new articles out this month. Some online. Track them down. He’s such an exceptional scholar.

  1. Faust, A, and Safrai, Z., in press, Toward a Quantitative History of Ancient Israel: Burials as a Test Case, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 65 (published online).
  2. Faust, A., and Sapir, Y., 2021, Building 101 at Tel ‘Eton, the Low Chronology, and the Perils of a Bias-Perpetuating Methodology: A Response and a Proposal for the Study of All the Phases in the History of Buildings, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 153: 304-334.
  3. Faust, A., 2021, Cyprus and the Land of Israel: The Mediterranean as a Bridge and the Diverse Consequences of Cultural Contact, in J. Charlesworth and J.G.R. Pruszinski (eds.), Cyprus Within the Biblical World: Borders Not Barriers, London: T&T Clark, pp. 26-40.

Israel Finkelstein uploaded a boatload of papers to his Academia.edu page in January.  Yes, literally, a boatload.  And, just in case you didn’t know, he also has a YouTube channel.  It too has a boatload of material.  Yes, a literal boat load.

Finally, Todd Bolen does a weekly roundup of archaeology related stuff.  It’s a very worthwhile post each week, though mildly annotated.

The Strange and Bizarre (Books and Reviews)

Jennifer Neyhart blogs about books of all sorts, including biblical studies and theology.  If you aren’t familiar with her blog, give it a visit.  She’s super.

Adele Reinhartz wonderful Bible and Cinema is out in a new second edition.  I mention it because it’s something you should know.

Nijay Gupta recommends a concise dictionary of New Testament theology stuff.  Brian Davidson recommended some Accordance commentaries.

Taming The Beast: A Reception History of Behemoth and LeviathanReviewed here.  It’s a MUST read volume.

Some hearty soul purportedly read the two volumes of the new Cambridge Greek Lexicon and wrote a review!  NOTE- said review will only be available freely till the end of February, so read it whilst you can.  The reviewer seems fixated on sexual terms and the entries for race and ethnicity.  I guess it takes all kinds, doesn’t it…

Kara Slade’s new book is reviewed here.  Kara is a delight, and it sounds like her new book is as well.  I don’t have the time to read it right now though….  Maybe soon….

Paul Davidson, amateur Bible enthusiast, reviews The Dismembered Bible.  It sounds like a fun book.

Liz Fried’s new commentary on Nehemiah was reviewed here.  The commentary features a very unique additional online ‘tool’.  You’ll have to read the review to find out what it is.

Mike Bird reviews a commentary on Jonah and calls it ‘splendid’.  Aussies and their fancy words.

Rick Brannan has a book out (or it will be momentarily) titled ‘Fragments of Christianity‘.  It may be of interest to you.  Or it may not.  I don’t know.  I can’t read your mind.

Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity is reviewed here by someone who’s name I can’t find on their ‘about me’ page.  I guess that’s ok.  Maybe he or she just doesn’t like fame.

Mike Bird kicked off January with a list of books he is going to read in 2022.  Not once, though, did he say ‘God willing’!!!!  Gasp.  Astonishing behavior from someone who is surely familiar with James’ clear dictum- ἐὰν ὁ κύριος θελήσῃ καὶ ζήσομεν καὶ ποιήσομεν τοῦτο ἢ ἐκεῖνο. (Jas. 4:15)

I reviewed a new little book titled ‘The Rewards of Learning Greek and Hebrew‘.  You’ll enjoy it and the book.

Will’s book is out.  Get it.  Your kids don’t need to eat.  Or skip the rent:

Sandra Jacobs posted her review of Sovereign Authority and the Elaboration of Law in the Bible and the Ancient Near East on her academia.edu page.  Give it a read.  Academia.edu you say?  Yup.  Because if I’m going to include podcasts and youtube stuff I’m going to include Academia.  Because, frankly, blogging manifests itself in many formats these days.

Not, strictly speaking, a book review, but related thereto I think-

@candidamoss — Birmingham Biblical Studies Seminar @PTRBirmingham : @FordhamNYC professor Sarit Kattan Gribetz will discuss her award winning @PrincetonUPress book “Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism” on Wed Feb 2 at 8am PST/11am EST/4pm GMT. Register here.

Rob Bradshaw has posted an oldie but a goodie: Studies in Matthew by BW Bacon.  Lot’s of you are fans of Bacon, or so you say.  So surely this will be of interest.

Phil Long (the Carnival Ringmaster) reviewed a book on Israel’s Wisdom Traditions.  Why do we need another book on Wisdom when we have von Rad and RBY Scott?  Phil writes

McLaughlin’s Introduction is an excellent introduction to the biblical wisdom books with a few added features to distinguish itself from other introductions. Including Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon extend the introduction into the Second Temple period and his chapter on the continuation of these traditions beyond the First Testament is helpful, even if too brief.

Brent N. interviewed the author of some book or other about some New Testament related thing.  Part one of the interview is here. Part two, here.  The title of the book is New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity.  New documents ya say?  How relevant could they be if they’re new?  Anyway- there ya go.  He also reviewed another NT themed book.  It’s some sort of student’s guide.  I didn’t really read the review or the book.  But you can if you want to.

Carl broke his decades long blog silence and posted on books he’s read in the last year.  See you next January, Carl….

William Ross reviewed A New Hebrew Reader for the Psalms.  William makes this horrifying confession at the outset of his review: It’s been a while since I did a book review, but I want to make sure to highlight a great new resource that is likely to interest my readers. Hendrickson Publishers has just produced A Hebrew Reader for the Psalms: 40 Beloved Texts, compiled and edited by Pete Myers and Jonathan G. Kline.  Shameful.  The failure to review, not the review itself.

The Midway (All the Miscellaneous Stuff)

Phil Long did a super job with the December Carnival (appearing 1 January).  Phil is a really great guy. A perfect way to start the New Year.

Jim Eisenbraun is blogging!  Welcome to biblioblogdom, Jim!

Elijah Drake’s tale of attending a megachurch made me sick.  What a fraud of a ‘church’.  Ιησους….

Sometimes text critics have a reputation for being boring.  And, truth told, they usually are.  And sometimes they themselves get so bored with what they do that they wander cemeteries looking for graves…  Or at least the graves of other text critics.  If you’re ever stuck next to a text critic at a party, flee.  You’ll be overcome with boredom if you don’t.  You’ve been warned.

The EABS has issued it’s call for papers for its next meeting.  The deadline for submissions is February.  Here’s the info page.

There’s something called the ‘secular’ web and someone called John McDonald who seems to be a very nice person.  He mentioned this site.  Frankly I prefer John’s sort to the ‘Molechgelicals’.

Newman U. is hosting a conference titled Language and Religion.  If you’re in the area you ought to arrange to go.  It’s in June, so covid will be over by then. Or at least the obsession with it will be.

Todd Brewer has a nice brief bit on Barth and Billy Graham.  Give it a look.  And if interested consult Barth in Conversation, vol 1, pp 124-125, 158, 160, 227; Barth in Conversation, vol 2, pp 96-97.

People are bizarrely still trying to define the Trinity.  It’s like watching mice run through a maze that has no exit.  And Tertullian’s mocking of philosophy is justified once more.  So it’s fun for that reason alone.  As you listen to the podcast, just keep repeated in your mind ‘Philosophers are the patriarchs of heretics’ and it will be super enjoyable.

If you’re a scholar of Syriac, or just beginning your studies, this conference may be your thing.  The deadline is Jan 31 but I bet if you send yours in in the next few days it will make the cut.  The Department of Theological Studies at Fordham University and Dorushe invite proposals for the Eighth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, to be held at Fordham University (NYC) on June 9-10, 2022. The deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2022.

2022 is the 500th Anniversary of the publication of Luther’s famous ‘Septembertestament’.  The folk at are celebrating and they invite you to do the same:

Dieses Jahr feiern wir 500 Jahre Lutherbibel.  Im @Bibelmuseum zeigen wir ab Mai die Ausstellung <das man deutsch mit ihnen redet> 500 Jahre Lutherbibel. Das Zitat stammt aus Luthers <Sendbrieff vom Dolmetzschen> von 1530. Luther erklärt hier, wie die Bibel zu übersetzen sei, nämlich, <man muss die mutter ibm hause/die kinder auff der gassen/den gemeinen mann auff dem marckt drumb fragen/vnn den selbigen auff das maul sehen/wie sie reden/vnd darnach dolmetzschen/so verstehen sie es den/vn mercken/das man Deutsch mi jn redet.>

Join in!

Sadly news came in January that the text critic Robert Hull Jr. died.  May he rest in peace.  Also, sadly, January 26th the Old Testament scholar John Endres, SJ passed from this life.  He was an amazing mind.

Brent posted his least popular posts of 2021…. I would do that but all of my posts are popular. Amen. Better luck in 2022 Brent…

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Visit Phil’s master list of past and present carnivals.  Phil also lists the upcoming carnivals:

  • 192 February 2023 (Due March 1) – Bobby Howell, The Library Musings @SirRobertHowell
  • 193 March 2022 (Due April 1) – Amateur Exegete, @amateurexegete
  • 194 April 2022 (Due May 1) –
  • 195 May 2022 (Due June 1) – Bob MacDonald at Dust @drmacdonald

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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 2022 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!

Carnival Call for Submissions

Please remember to send along your submissions for the January 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 October “Very Scary” Biblical Studies Carnival (Number 188)

This month’s carnival, like all the other’s I’ve tried to put together, draws from as many contributions as have been sent along.  So, once again, I appreciate all the heads ups. I literally could not do it without you!

As we begin, I think it’s important that you keep in mind what a sage and gifted scholar once wrote many years ago- 

Jim West’s blog deservedly outranks everyone else because he writes like a real person, puts on few airs and graces (except for an insufferable tendency to link to foreign language sources without warning), suffers from no false modesty, and his writing style has an “edginess” to it that slaps you around sufficiently to grab your attention. — Gavin Rumney

You’re all welcome.  Enjoy the scary reality!  

NB– the photos heading each section are the scariest ones I could find, in keeping with the theme of this month’s carnival: scary.

Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament

Jim Davila started the month out with a post on Jerusalem’s water supply.  Water matters.  Did you know that without water, you wouldn’t be here?!?!  Well neither would Jerusalem.   Was medicine in Babylon guided by science, or magic?  A lecture addressed that topic on 28 October in Zurich.  You probably didn’t attend, did you?  But that’s o.k. because it was recorded and beginning 4 November you can watch it.

Josiah Solis offers a Kantian reading of the prohibition against lying. It’s nice to see kids today reading old Germans. It gives hope to the world’s dark future.

@e_a_b_s tweeted – Event! Registration open for the International Psalter Colloquium: “Editing the Greek Psalter”, Göttingen, 1–3 Dec 2021. The colloquium will take a hybrid format, and you can register to attend online for free here: septuaginta.uni-goettingen.de/conference2021. Sounds fantastic!

Want to brush up on your Aramaic? Well you’re in luck. A series of videos will start being posted on 1 November to help you do just that. Join in if you dare.

Oriel College at Oxford U. is hosting a series of Michaelmas Lectures on Comparative Philology that will be of interest. The three in October are past but there are still 3 in November you can sit in on virtually or in person. Details and registration links here.

John Meade and Joshua Alfaro had an interesting discussion on twitter regarding a textual variant in Isaiah. Fun stuff!

Do you enjoy ruler cults?  Well then Chuck Jones has a post that you’ll find right up your pagan alley.  

Until now, the study of cultic honours for Hellenistic political leaders and benefactors has mainly focused on the ideological and diplomatic features of the phenomenon. The project “Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults” (PHRC) shifts the focus on its practical aspects: the materiality of media, ritual action and space, actors, administration, and the funding of cults.

Oooooohhhhhhh…..

Do you enjoy the Septuaginta LXX?  Well who doesn’t?  We all enjoy the taco taco and the burrito burrito too.  But back to the topic- Chuck Jones (of the previous ruler cult post) advises that the Septuaginta LXX is out there. Septuaginting.

James McGrath calls Moses the ‘Musical Lawgiver’. Hmmm… Anyway, if you are into various sorts of music, this post is right up your alley.

Uriah the Hittite. The guy forgotten in all the ‘David and Bathsheba’ discussions of late. Claude fixes that. It’s a good series.

It seems that block printing of Hebrew texts was happening a century before brother Gutenberg came along.  Read the post at the Genizah Fragments blog.

In the latest installment of his ‘The Bible for Proggies‘, Pete Enns addresses the fun topic of Adam and his evolution. Or something. I don’t listen to podcasts and the post was sent in as a recommendation, so, enjoy.

Steve Wiggins jumps on the ‘Sodom was destroyed by an asteroid‘ fun bandwagon that festooned the internet at the end of September and beginning of October. What’s not to love. It combines Sodom with a giant ball of rock from space.

Bob McDonald is doing translation experiments. Dude has his own way of looking at texts. Sometimes it’s quite intriguing. Sometimes.

Podcasts your thing? Why? Anyway, if they are, here’s one on ‘creation out of nothing’ by a chap who thinks that Genesis teaches such. Let me know if you think he’s right. I don’t listen to podcasts because I don’t have an iPod and you have to have an iPod in order to hear a Podcast because Pods can only be heard on Pods.

Have they found ‘David’s Judah‘?  Nah.  But it’s a fun read.

New Testament

Paul continues to fall on hard times. Accused in the past of misogyny and all manner of wickednesses, now the poor guy is having his establishing of the Galatian churches ripped from his long decomposed hands. And he isn’t even around to defend himself. Next up, someone will say he never even existed. And then he will be just like Jesus.

Nijay Gupta is doing a series of posts on a Festschrift. If series’s are your thing, you may be into this one.  

Elijah goes to Britain. With Dan Wallace. To look at manuscripts.

Interested in atheist readings of Christian theology based on New Testament texts? This may be just your thing then. See proggies, I can be ‘inclusive’ too.

Peter Williams gave a lecture on ‘The Genius of Jesus’ Teaching‘. I didn’t notice it on any other blog, so I mentioned it here. Accordingly, I’m sure you’ve already seen it because 1) everyone reads the blog whether they admit it or not and 2) you’re among the number called ‘everyone’. Ergo, QED, you have already seen it.

April offers a reflection on blind Bartimaeus.  I’m including it because April is a delight and she deserves a wider audience for her blog than she presently has.

Mike Bird has a YouTube channel. He may sound like he’s been drinking, but he’s Australian, so he always sounds like that. I mention it because he has a blog too and he sometimes posts things on his youtube channel that supplement his blog. You’ll learn things, even if his accent is a bit offputting. It’s not lovely like an Irish accent by any means.  Nijay Gupta has a YouTube channel too.  He’s not Australian and he doesn’t sound like he’s been drinking.

Jesus and the Pharisees. It’s a popular topic. It’s frequently discussed. It’s part of Phil’s blog series on New Testament stuff something or other. The Pharisees get a bad rap, but I like them much better than I like most people. At least they did something.

James Crossley writes about COVID, the end of time, and American politics. Amen. James McGrath politicizes the theological tale of the Gerasene demoniac (because of course everything is politicized these days).

A podcast about Luke 1. [NB- podcasts, you’ll remember, are just long voicemails.] And a podcast about John 3 and Jesus’ chat with Nicodemus. Tune in if you like fundamentalism.

Do you like hearing two guys talk?  Do you enjoy hearing them talk about Philemon?  Are you a fan of Australian accents?  Are you conservative?  If you answered yes to all of those questions, then Mike and Nijay’s Chat Fest on Philemon may be just what you’re craving today.  If you answered no, then go read Philemon.

Ian Paul wants to know what happened to the cross, and the atonement, in the book of Revelation.  Can someone help him find them?  He’s misplaced them.  Again.

Have you ever wondered if a blog post was used as a corrective for an edition of the Bible?  Wonder still.  An ETC post may or may not have figured into a note in the CSB.  Or it may just be that two people came up with the same bit of information independently of each other.  Still, it’s nice to imagine that someone somewhere is actually reading what you post.

Paula Fredriksen has a video lecture on monotheism in early Judaism and Christianity. Tune in.

Seumas Macdonald writes Today I’m pleased to announce the launch of καθ’ ἡμέραν, a project in which I will provide (in theory 5 a week) verse by verse short videos (4~5 mins) explaining or discussing New Testament (and possibly LXX) verses in Koine Greek. You can find the youtube channel here, our twitter account here, and the first video is here

General Topics

Death, in the Hebrew Bible, wasn’t a walk in the park.  Jim Davila points out that fun fact and more, including some info about She’ol.

This tweet is pretty cool, so I included it:

@DaphnaOrenM — The Dan David Prize will be awarding up to 9 annual prizes of $300,000 each to early/mid career scholars and practitioners who study the human past. There is under 1 month left to nominate your outstanding colleagues, friends, and former students! dandavidprize.org

Bart Ehrman looks back at the life of John Shelby Spong.

James Spinti looks at the poisoning of theology by politics.

Todd Bolen rounds up various things having to do with various things.  It’s a post about a variety of things.

John Barclay lectured at the Nazarene Theological College of Manchester on Western Charity and The Gift.  If you missed the lectures live, you can watch them here.

There’s a conference planned for next year that may well interest you and your text-critic friends. Especially if you love all the ‘decentralizing’ going on in these troubled times.

A panel convened to discuss sexual abusers perpetrated by biblical scholars. It is MUST SEE.

Papyrologists have the opportunity to work at the Bodleian.  All the details are available here.

One of the best things posted in October was this wonderfully interesting interview with Septuagint scholar Raija Sollamo by Bill Ross. If you missed it earlier, do not miss it now.

Roland de Vaux was the subject of a lecture at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Give it a watch.

Books and Reviews

You may not know this, but Rob Bradshaw gives away a free book every day. October 1st he offered a book on sacrifice in the Old Testament. Go there and you can doom scroll to find all the others.

Probably the most exciting book announcement in October came from Eerdmans, when they told us that Luke Timothy Johnson has an autobiography coming out in March of 2022.

Francesca S. wrote a book about God and it’s reviewed here.  The reviewer opines

God: An Anatomy is a tour de force. Stavrakopoulou has created not just an extraordinarily rich and nuanced portrait of Yahweh himself, but an intricate and detailed account of the cultural values and practices he embodied, and the wider world of myth and history out of which he emerged. 

Brian Davidson reviewed Crossway’s edition of the Hebrew Bible. He really, really likes it. So I ordered one too.

Brent Niedergall reviews a book on voice and mood.  Voice should be loud.  And mood should be even.  Amen.  Anyway, he remarks

Mathewson offers a technical overview of two overlooked areas of Greek grammar.

Well not really overlooked is it?  A.T. Robertson’s grammar spend a million pages on them.  But it’s an old grammar and people probably don’t read it anymore.

Nijay Gupta announces a new commentary series on the Old Testament.  John Goldingay is doing Ecclesiastes, so that will be good!  In fact, Goldingay is asked a few questions about the book by Gupta here.

I don’t know who Ray Comfort is, but evidently he wrote a book back in 2016 that promotes some rubbish nonsense concerning interpretation of the bible and said book was reviewed this month here.  Someone named ‘Ben’ wrote the review.  I’m fairly confident that Ray (whoever he is) finally had his book reviewed 5 years after it appeared.

Amihai Mazar posts a list of books by the late Eilat Mazar that are available from her publisher. Archaeology geeks, rejoice!

A new volume on the Targum of Chronicles has been published.  And so has a review of that volume.  Give it a look.

Like Paul?  Then you’ll like this tweet from Lukas Bormann:

„Paulus: Leben – Umwelt – Werk – Briefe“ (hg. v. O. Wischmeyer/E.-M. Becker). Copies for review available narr.de/pruefexemplare . Code OWI45654A. Full text online available unti 12. November 2021.

Mark Driscoll, plagiarist and pseudo-scholar, is writing (?) books (?) again and doing as awful a job as it as he ever has.  Wenatchee the Hatchet has the details.

Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus: Women in Q was reviewed last month. 

In this compelling monograph, Sara Parks combines two scholarly interests that have not been brought together before: studies of Q, a hypothetical source that explains the material shared by the Gospel of Matthew and Luke, and studies of the historical Jesus’ relationship to women.

Hmm….

A new volume titled ‘Resisting Jesus: A Narrative and Intertextual Analysis of Mark’s Portrayal of the Disciples of Jesus‘ appeared in October.  It’s quite a book.

SBL tweeted- @SBLPress — “Though the region was never annexed or occupied by Assyria, the empire began to influence Edomite elite consumption, architectural construction, and pottery styles, and created the need for a small bureaucracy.” Check out Edom at the Edge of Empire buff.ly/3FkuPbM

Bible and Sexuality is all the rage in academic circles and Bloomsbury is doing its part to publish books on the topic. One of the more recent is here reviewed. Gripping!

Do you like books by conservative faculty members of conservative writers? If you answered yes, then you may want to take a look at the review of the recent book by an author who has published two commentaries on the same texts. The review is enjoyable.

Do you like free books? Do you like animals? Do you pine for a free book about animals in the ancient world? Today is your lucky day, Sparky! Because there’s just such a thing for your taking. Here.

Beth Allison Barr has a fantastic piece on the terrible ESV that you definitely need to read. It’s one of the best things out this month.

James Crossley and Robert Myles have a book coming out soon titled ‘Jesus: A Life in Conflict’.  The table of contents and other stuff are available here. It looks like a great good read.

Other Stuff that Doesn’t Fit Into Another Category

Looking for a job? Want to be a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Egyptology and Assyriology? You’re in luck, pilgrim. Looking for a job and you want to teach Old Testament? You’re in luck! Briercrest College is looking for exactly you. The downside? It’s in Canada….

McSweeney’s makes the very valid point that there’s precious little difference between the academic job market and ‘The Squid Game’.

Here’s a twitter account you most DEFINITELY need to follow.  Seriously-  https://twitter.com/Sept_testament

Thinking about Seminary?  Northern Seminary has a gift for you:

In case you didn’t already know it, cancel culture is trash.  It has claimed another victim in academia:  Kathleen Scott tweets

It’s nice to see other people catching up to what I’ve been saying for a good while now: progressives are oftentimes fundamentalists, on the left.  And there are a good number of proggie fundies in the biblical studies guild.  Give it a read.  

Feeling like an impostor?  Suffering impostor syndrome?  Well you’re in luck, for there’s a post for you titled ‘grappling with impostor syndrome‘.  It’s by a philosopher so be sure to take it with a grain of salt, since ‘philosophers are the patriarchs of heretics’ as our friend Tertullian rightly put it.

Deane tweeted – @dorhamidbar “When we analyze QAnon data, what we find is that… if you’re sort of conspiracy-minded, if you have strong populist views, and if you have a lot of Manichean thinking… — that’s a pretty big predictor of believing in QAnon.”

Looking for an award? The Palestine Exploration Fund has a couple to give out. You may be suitable for one of them.

We lost a giant in October.  On the 25th of the month the inestimable Ulrich Wilckens passed away at the age of 93.  His work in New Testament is epoch making.

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Last Month’s Carnival is here.  And here are those coming up in the next months:

189 November 2021 (Due December 1) – Bob MacDonald at Dust @drmacdonald
190 December 2021 (Due January 1) – Phillip Long, Reading Acts @plong42

You should host a carnival.  They’re a lot of fun, and Phil sure could use the help.  He’s a good guy.  Tweet him and let him know that you’re a good person too.

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NB– Zwingli was butchered on October 11, 1531 by the papists at Kappel-am-Albis.  And since this carnival covers the month of October, I am duty bound to make mention of it.  Sure, it’s not ‘biblical studies’ per se, but daggnabbit it’s my carnival.  When you do your Carnival, you can include lesser persons.

Last Call

The Biblical Studies Carnival posts next Monday.  Get your submissions in.  And in case you’ve forgotten how fun the carnivals are- enjoy these from days of yore!

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/its-the-year-is-half-over-and-you-havent-done-much-with-it-yet-biblical-studies-carnival/

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/2021-the-lets-hope-its-not-another-2020-edition-of-the-biblical-studies-carnival/

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2020/10/31/the-super-stupendous-biblical-studies-carnival-september-edition-posted/

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/2020-the-carnival/

https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/one-carnival-to-rule-them-all-january-2019/

 

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

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

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

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Miscellaneous Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally some good news in higher academics:

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

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

Peter Enns is taking surfing lessons.

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

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

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

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

Theological Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books and Journals

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t know about any of that.

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

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

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

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

And so he talks about them together.  And concludes

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

Well okie dokie then.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archaeology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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