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: 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.


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!

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 . 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.


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

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-

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.


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.


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!


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

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

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


Miscellaneous Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally some good news in higher academics:

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

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

Peter Enns is taking surfing lessons.

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

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

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

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

Theological Stuff


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books and Journals

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t know about any of that.

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

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

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

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

And so he talks about them together.  And concludes

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

Well okie dokie then.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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  • 185 July 2021 (Dune August 1) – Kenson Gonzalez Viviendo para Su Gloria  @KensonGonzalez

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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!

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!