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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.


The next Carnival is coming soon-

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

Phil Long writes

if you want to be a part of the BiblioBlog world (or Carnival cult, whatever), contact me via email, or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a carnival in 2021. I would love to see some veteran bloggers volunteer for a month in 2021. If you are a new BiblioBlogger, this is a good way to get your blog some recognition. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about hosting a Biblical Studies Carnival in the second half for 2021.

Please sign up to host a Carnival. Phil has no one signed up after the next two.

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NB- Some of you will get it.  Most won’t.  Either way, send in your Carnival recommendations.  I’ve received a ton so this will be a very full and fun Biblical Studies Carnival.

Said Carnival goes live on July 1.

Call For Submissions

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

Carnival Call for Submissions

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

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

Call For Carnival Submissions

Thanks to those of you who have already sent links for the upcoming Carnival.  You are appreciated.  This is just to remind folk that if you see something, say something.

The next carnival goes live on 1 July.

The Carnival is Up

Give it a look.

The Carnival is Live

And it’s here.  Enjoy the rides!  Ruben has assembled a useful collection.

Sorry I Missed the Carnival

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

The Biblical Studies Carnival is Up

Bob McDonald has it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archaeology and Such Things

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books- Because Little Else Matters

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

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

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

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

Gupta reviews Hagner’s NT Intro.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

So yay.  Enjoy!

Last Call for Carnival Submissions

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

Guess What?!?!?!?!

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

Time is Almost Up…

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

Send along those submissions.  The best will be included.

Call For Submissions- Just One Week to Go

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

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

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

The Carnival is Coming

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

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

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

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

Archaeology and Such Things

Books- Because Little Else Matters

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

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

The New Carnival is Up

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The Pandemic Super Stupendous Biblical Studies Carnival: October Edition (Posted 1 November) – Now With More Puppies

Last month’s Carnival, hosted by Brent Niedergall, had a Dr Seuss theme. If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, do so. It will put a smile on your face.  Then come on back and enjoy the Pandemic Super Stupendous Biblical Studies Carnival; Now with More Puppies.©

Hebrew Bible/ LXX

Jonathan Robker is working on a series of posts wherein he translates and comments on the MT and LXX versions of Kings.  It’s definitely something to take a look at.  Here’s a recent one.  Scroll down his page for more.

Pete Enns interviewed Cynthia Shafer-Elliott about doing archaeology.  Technically, he posted it on the 30th wherever he lives (probably Hawaii) but it showed up here on October 1.  It’s one of those ‘podcast’ things.

William Ross interviewed Eberhard Bons about the Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint.  It’s well worth the few minutes it will take to read.

Benito Cereno has a very in depth look at the more interesting contents of the Book of Enoch.  Very enjoyable read indeed.

Doug Fyfe does some interesting analysis of the story of Jephthah that you’ll enjoy reading.  Doug is from Australia, but don’t hold that against him.  He’s not all bad.

Gender and Beauty in the Hebrew Bible, a lecture, which you should hear, because it’s introduced by the greatest young Danish scholar of our century, Anne Katrine Gudme.

If you’ve been wondering what the Old Testament says about homosexuality, then this post will be of interest to you.  It’s by JOANNA TÖYRÄÄNVUORI (and yes I had to copy and paste that name.  There’s no way I could have remembered it long enough to type it in. That’s why it’s in all caps).

Konrad Schmid took part in a VERY interesting interview on the origins of the Bible.  You should give it a listen too.

April Fiet has some interesting thoughts on Exodus 20.  Take a look. April is a delightful person.  She raises chickens.  But she doesn’t eat them.  Weird, I know, but she’s still a delight.

They’ve found a shekel weight in Jerusalem.  Jim Davila notes it.

Bob MacDonald is digging deeply into every jot and tittle.  It’s an interesting series.  He’s even got a table!  With words and such.

David Penchansky offered a very brief introduction to Wisdom Literature mid month.  Wait till von Rad finds out.

The Palestine Exploration Fund has a really cool post on photography in the 19th century in Palestine.  Take a look.

John Walton makes an appearance on a ‘podcast’ (which is not a podcast at all unless you’re listening on an iPod).  He chats a bit about 1 Samuel.

Will Kynes is continuing his one man drive to drive ‘wisdom literature’ out of the guild forever.  Why, Will?  Why??????

One of the greatest scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible, James A. Sanders, passed away on the 1st of October.  May he rest in peace.


New Testament

A new bit of the New Testament has been audio-ized.  Go here, click on ‘Colossians’, and listen to the text read from Codex Vaticanus.  B.P. Kantor is doing good work with his site.

If you’re into ‘podcasts’ then pay a visit to Yung Suk Kim’s Spotify page (I think Spotify is the adult version of snapchat but I’m not sure since I don’t use either).  He covers New Testament topics (and teaches New Testament at Virginia Union University).

The Textus Receptus can’t be accepted.  It’s a great post.

According to any academic standard the Textus Receptus is hopelessly outdated. The real reasons it still finds some few defenders have nothing to do with scholarship, but come down to infelicitous and misguided nostalgia in the best case and to obvious pseudo-scholarship in the worst case. It arbitrarily privileges a specific period, excludes progress, and inevitably argues from results to evidence.


James Crossley has thoughts on the meaning of the word ‘apocalyptic’ and how it doesn’t describe something just because you don’t like it.  It’s a great post.  Be sure to read it.

Michael Grondin, the Jesus Wife fragment fraud, and a very fine essay.  Very fine, and very informative.  Do not miss it.

A post for the language geeks out there.  By Mike Aubrey.

Deane Galbraith mentions a symposium on the early Church which will be of interest to potentially millions of people.  Or 8.  Enjoy.

There’s a new post over on the Bible Films blog, featuring a new book about Jesus in film.  The announcement of said book is preceded by this:

Apologies if things have been quiet round here of late, but I’ve been working on an exciting project that I’m not yet had to go ahead to talk about in public yet.

And yet there it is, talked about in public, but without any details.   😉   I sure hope that he somehow managed to get Jesus in a film!

Mike Bird interviewed someone (it’s he whose name must not be spoken) about the Gospel of John.  My favorite Gospel.

Allen Bevere wants Jesus to be President.  Sorta….

Pining for a post on The Gospel of Mark?  Your wish has been granted, by Bible and Interpretation.  The essay may have more heat than light, but make up your own mind about that once you read it.  At least it isn’t about Paul…

Nijay Gupta offered a couple of public lectures on early Christianity that you’ll want to take a look at.  They are the Downey Lectures.

Peter Gurry wants you to believe that there are mistakes and myths in New Testament text criticism.  Ghastly.  The process of textual criticism is perfect, just like the infallibly preserved text of – let’s say Vaticanus – is.  Peter also wants you to know that Kurt Aland got two votes on the UBS committee.  Let’s face it, he deserved two votes.  Or three.  Or all of them.

Phil Long has a post on dead people.  And how they bury other dead people.  Dead people are, these days, a lot more interesting than most live people.  Anyway, that’s beside the point.

The Gospels meet science fiction.  And coming soon, the Gospels meet the antacid industry.  They need a good antacid after all the stomach wrenching misrepresentations and imaginary discoveries they’ve been subjected to.

And speaking of the Gospels, two very enthusiastic millennials enthusiastically discuss – in a podcast – which is on YouTube – which means it’s a video.  A vodcast maybe?  Who knows.  Anyway, they are enthusiastically discussing why Jesus was killed.  Enthusiastically discussing.  I don’t think they’re enthusiastic about Jesus being dead.  But they are millennials, so who knows.  Anyway, give it a listen/watch if you’re into those kinds of things.

Ken Schenck wants to introduce you to the joys of Revelation.  Has he got it right?  Some.  Enjoy!

Bill Heroman wants you to believe that φιλεω is ‘greater than’ αγαπαω.  It’s not.  But he tries hard.

Tony Burke wants you to love the apocryphal literature.  So he wrote about it:  “Lost Gospels” and Other Christian Apocrypha: New Discoveries and New Perspectives”.

Mike Bird interviews a guy who thinks Jesus was a philosopher…  Next up, Jesus the yoga instructor and then shortly after that, Jesus the pizza maker.

Jona Lendering has a very fine post on the throne of Satan.  And its biblical origins.



Baker has published a new ‘Handbook on Hebrews through Revelation’ by Andreas Kostenberger.  Parts of it may sound familiar.

John Walton received a Festschrift a few months back and now it has appeared for all.  Read about it on Carmen Imes’ blog here.

I reviewed Johann Jakob Wettstein’s Principles for New Testament Textual Criticism here.  What a fascinating book!

If you are interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls in general or the fragments of Hanakkuk in particular, there’s still time to sign up for this Zoom session featuring Timothy Lim’s work on the text.  But Nov 3 is the deadline, so get to it.

Phil Long reviewed a book on Christians and elections by Tremper Longman the 3rd.

Scot McKnight has a book out titled ‘Tov’.  He writes- Our interview with Julie Roys about our new book.  We are quite bemused.

Randy Blackater reviewed a book about something called ‘biblical manhood and womanhood’.  I’m not sure what those things are.  I guess it has to do with wearing pants and dresses.  Enjoy Randy’s pant wearing review.

Rob Bradshaw has another free book for those who have an interest in Aramaic.  It’s in the public domain, of course, so it’s a bit dated, of course.  But Aramaic hasn’t changed much over the last hundred years.

John Kincaid reviewed a book on Paul.  But not just a book on Paul.  It’s a book on Paul as he was received in the second century.  That’s right, it’s a reception-historical treatment of Paul.  And who among us is so plague hardened that a book about Paul isn’t a welcome sight…  We need more books about Paul.  We need a virtual pandemic of Pauline studies… yeah.  That’s what we need right there.

And magically, announcement of another book on Paul showed up.  It’s titled ‘How to Read Paul’.   Answer, don’t.  Read John instead.  Much better stuff.

Todd Scacewater wants to tell you about his new favorite Greek/ English parallel New Testament.  So let him.  There’s a pandemic going on.  Do something to bring joy into someone’s life.  Read Todd’s post.  So far, just his wife has read it, and she was nonplussed.  When interviewed concerning the post, she shrugged her shoulders, and said “Meh.  Todd is a geek.  I have to listen to him drone on about his crazy nonsense every day.”  So help Todd out and get him a couple of readers.  Maybe he’ll let his wife alone about it all…

But Todd isn’t the only one.  Dirk too wants to talk about The THGNT ESV New Testament.  And admit it, when you saw the acronym THGNT you thought ‘thigh’ and now when you see the THGNT you’ll call it the ‘thigh version’.  Won’t you.

Phil Long reviewed a book.  That’s it.  That’s the bit.

Deane Galbraith has a chapter in a new volume about the Bible and America.  That’s reason enough to buy it.

Niels Peter Lemche has a book forthcoming on the Minimalism controversy.  It looks amazing.  Keep an eye out for it.

Be sure to drop by Logos and pick up the free book of the month.  Last month’s was pretty good.


Social Media

, a tweeter, had a very good thread on NT scholarship on October 1 that you will want to read.  Visit his twitter page and give it a look.  You won’t regret it.   

There’s a new twitterer in town-

You also won’t regret following these folk: Here’s part 2 of our debate review of WLC and Greg Boyd on Penal Substitution. Check it out!  —

St Mary’s Institute of Theology observed Black History Month (in Britain) by highlighting legendary Black scholars and leaders.

This is an important tweet-

@IdanDershowitz — As an undergrad, I had the privilege of being Moshe Weinfeld’s (last, alas) research assistant. After he passed away, I set up a website in his memory: Now @MyShtender has set up an exhaustive Academia page: Please check it out!

Matt announced an interesting sounding session on the twitter:



You may not be aware of it (I wasn’t) but October 1 was ‘International Coffee Day’.  Since coffee and scholarship go hand in hand, it’s worth remembering.  And reading Allan’s post on the holiday that kicked off the month.

A new number of TC has been published.  ETC has the happy (!) news.

This announcement will be of interest to students of Judaism.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve just published the first volume of *Judaica: Neue digitale Folge*, a new peer-reviewed open access journal covering all areas of Jewish Studies.

You can check it out here.

There’s a new blog amongst the bibliobloggers called ‘PhD Students to Follow‘.  I guess PhD students need followers.  Being a barista is a tough gig.  So go follow one of them and make their day.

The Digital Orientalist has a list of great, free, online resources for biblical studies.  It’s definitely worth checking out and using.

Allan Bevere shared some interesting thoughts on Christians and violence.  As election day approaches, it’s something worth keeping in mind…

James McGrath posted a call for papers for the Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World conference.

There’s a conference planned for November in Marburg that will also have its sessions live streamed for those interested, on Gerhard Kittel!  If you download the program, you’ll see a fantastic line-up!

No month seems to pass without the sad news of the death of a leading biblical scholar.  Tragically, this month was the same.  We learned on the 8th of the passing of Konrad Hammann.  He was a scholar of the historical theology and systematics and he was also the author of the best biography of Rudolf Bultmann that has ever been written.  May he rest in peace.

You may or may not have noticed that some academics aren’t very interested in blogging.  There’s actually a reason for that, and it doesn’t speak well of academia.



Be sure to visit Phil Long’s blog for the complete list of Carnivals, past, present, and future.  Phil writes

Bobby Howell will do the November 2020 (Due December 1) Carnival.  I am desperately seeking for December 2020 (Due January 1), and any month in 2021. Please contact me via email, or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a carnival. I would love to see some veteran bloggers step up, but at this point I cannot really be too picky.

Don’t make Phil beg…  He’s old.  He doesn’t have much energy.

And, if I may offer a closing word on our times, might I encourage you to make truth a thing again- and beg you to go forth and be pedantic.


Public Service Announcement Concerning the Election

The election is in a few days.  Please note,

Georgetown law school has created a fact sheet for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals show up near a polling place or voter registration drive.

Find the fact sheet here.  Look up your State.  And know your rights.  It might be a good idea to print up a few copies and take it with you to distribute to the poll authorities and the intimidators sent out by the GOP.

The Carnival Is Up

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

I’d try to rhyme
But I have no time.

Call For Submissions

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

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

Thanks, in advance.

The May Biblioblog Carnival is Up


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