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The 200th Biblical Studies Carnival Extravaganza!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to the 200th Biblical Studies Carnival!  Here you’ll find all the best posts from October, 2022 from all your favorite biblical studies bloggers and tweeters and youtubers and the rest of social media.

And yes, I’ve stepped outside of the usual carnival parameters and included stuff that isn’t on blogs alone.  This because just as biblical studies changes over time, so have the means by which biblical studied discussions are promulgated.  Blogs are supplemented by videos and tweets and facebooks and tiktoks and other methods and all serve the grand purpose of getting the word out concerning the field we love.

The Carnival is divided into sections so that you can quickly locate your field of interest and then move on to the other parts.  Links are ‘curated’ (people love that word these days don’t they.  Even sandwiches are curated now…) with appropriate (and sometimes inappropriate) commentary by your host.  Me. Enjoy!  And if you have complaints, do see the management.  Me.  Your complaint will be filed immediately.


An international conference on Otto Dibelius was held in October.  There will doubtless be a conference volume forthcoming.

Wido van Peursen shared his thoughts in a post titled Impressions of the Tenth Meeting of the International Organization for Targumic Studies. A good time was had by all.

SBL is looking for a new Executive Director.  It could be you!  Or it could be Michael Kok, who here divulges moment by moment his SBL 2022 plans.  I hope he plans to eat a couple of times.

David Stark wants you to use Unicode when you type Hebrew or Greek (and honestly, he couldn’t be more right).  I like David.  He seems like a nice kid.

One of the original bibliobloggers, Torrey Seland, offered his readers a snippet of info on three Philo related essays.

100 years of excavations at Ur will be the topic of a 2 day conference in November.  All the details and how to sign up (it’s online) can be found here.

The Katz Center is sponsoring a series of lectures on messianism and the one on Nov 1 is titled Jewish Messianism in the Time of Early Christianity.  Go sign up now.  It’s at noon!

On 9 Nov at 13.30 GMT @CamDivinity is pleased to host a pubic debate between Simon Gathercole (Cambridge) and Francis Watson (Durham) from their recent books on canonical and noncanonical gospels, discussing ‘What’s the Difference?’ You can tweet the tweeter directly for the link.

Roberta Mazza had a genius discussion of the sale of the Colker manuscript collection.  Do not skip it.  She brings her usual brilliance to the task.

James Crossley will be chatting about Jesus in November.  It’s a live, in person event, so if you want to attend, you’ll have to registerExplainers talks return this November with a new topic- The Historical Jesus. Speaker: CenSAMM Academic co-Director James Crossley. The talk begins at 1.30pm in the Chapel, in the museum Gardens.

Brent Niedergall reviewed Logos 10.  The main takeaway for me of his review is- it’s faster than Logos 9.  But there’s a lot more to the review, so give it a read.  Brian Davidson reviewed it too.  So did one J. David Stark.  Doubtless others did as well as Logos seems to have carpet-bombed the interweb with review copies (dotting all the t’s and crossing all the i’s I reckon).

Do you like the Bible?  Do you like violence?  Well then this project on the Bible and violence may be just the thing to make you happy.

And speaking of violence, Steve Wiggins runs a blog with the title ‘sects and violence in the ancient near east’.  He posts a lot about horror and stuff mostly, but every now and again, on a blue moon, he’ll have something related to biblical studies.  I mention it merely because it’s a good one to drop in once a month or so to see if he’s produced a text with a theme we care about.  (His blogroll, though, is sadly nearly totally out of date.  Most of the links are dead or deactivated or haven’t produced anything for years).

Nijay Gupta has some advice if you want to be a writer.  My advice if you want to be a writer?  Be yourself and find your own process by discovering what works for you.  Everyone is different and one size definitely does NOT fit all

Peter Gurry had a nifty post (from May) on the strangulation and burning of William Tyndale, which anniversary took place on 6 October (which is why it is appearing in this Carnival).  He also points out that the last thing Tyndale requested were several Hebrew volumes so he could continue his work on translating the OT.  See, that’s scholarship.  No video games for Tyndale. He worked till they choked the life out of him.  Go be like Tyndale!

A-J Levine, one of my absolute favorites, discussed her latest book at this video link Join Dr. Amy-Jill Levine as she discusses with writer Rob Simbeck her new study, Signs and Wonders: A Beginner’s Guide to the Miracles of Jesus.  Do it!

The awful news that John P. Meier died on October 18th saddened all who knew him.  His work on the historical Jesus is unsurpassed (and sadly, even at 5 big volumes, incomplete).  He was a fixture at CBA and the funniest guy to talk to.  What a quick wit.  He will be sorely missed.  The CBA remembered him here.  Jona Lendering remembered him here.  He also was remembered by Jose Ayrton, Avvenire, MSN, some Spanish ‘Skepticism‘ site, Religion News Service, The University of Notre Dame, and Church Leaders.  Doubtless others have as well.  As is but right.  All should.

October also was the month during which Gordon Fee died.  (On October 25).  This is a sad loss for all who have been helped by his insightful work.  Peter Gurry shared his own feelings on the news.  So did Nijay Gupta.

Tweetings of Note

One of the benefits of twitter is that you can hear about books coming out long before they have a web presence on the publisher’s site.  To wit-

@alexichantz After a few big submissions yesterday, I decided to have a down day and read Martin Sanfridson’s PhD dissertation on gentile cults in 1 Cor 8 and 10 (@MattThiessenNT’s recent student). I’m really enjoying it! Congrats to Martin for his great work. Can’t wait to see it in print.

Another tweet about a book forthcoming-

@RowlandsJonny — So excited to see this arrive in the post today! My upcoming book, The Metaphysics of Historical Jesus Research, is now available to pre-order at 20% off! Release date 4th November.  

I know what you’re thinking:  ‘what, another historical Jesus quest????’  But who knows, this one may not end in participants gazing lovingly down a well where they see just what they’re looking for- themselves.  [Narrator: it won’t end with the historical Jesus].

And still another book was revealed.  This time it’s a commentary on Colossians.  It was tweeted by every Bible nerd’s best friend and every Bible nerd spouse’s worst enemy- @theologuide.

James Crossley tweeted this little gem-  @JGCrossley Replying to @bormann_lukas I still think Theissen and the Stegemanns were superior to Malina and his circle.  So say we all.

Joseph Scales tweeted this notice about his essay on Saul and ghosts.  On October 31.  So sort of appropriate.

In Sheffield

Sheffield’s Department of Biblical Studies along with Sheffield Phoenix Press are having a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Bibs Studs Dept. at SBL in a few weeks.  You can still sign up to join in.

A tweeter worth following is this chap- he’s an Italian biblical scholar in the making. He tweets at @BenattiJonathan and remarks “I submitted a proposal for my thesis at the Waldensian Faculty. I would like to explore the theme of the “suffering God in a groaning world” and how the Old Testament informed the theology of the New Testament on this topic. Let us see if it makes sense.” Yes, lets!

@jnsbstn — Wonderful news, the Qumran Dictionary of the Göttingen team is online in alpha version. A huge thanks to Annette Steudel, Ingo Kottsieper and Reinhardt Kratz. This is the result of many years of incredible work. Thank you.   How completely cool is that?

T&T Clark tweeted Andrew M. Mbuvi destabilises dominant white Euro-American approaches to biblical studies, positing the need for biblical interpretation that is anti-colonial and anti-racist.

One of the best twitter threads that appeared in October is by Nick Posegay of Cambridge-  So there’s this box in the Genizah Research Unit at @theUL. It’s labelled “Worman Archive.” It’s supposed to be full of stuff associated with Ernest James Worman, a librarian who catalogued the #Genizah collection 120 years ago. Yesterday I found out that’s not all true.  Read the whole.  Nick also posted a great thread on a letter of Solomon Schechter on the discovery of the Hebrew text of Ben Sira.

Here is some really important news via the twitter-

@AbernethyOTProf — Check this out. I’m super grateful for the work of Every Voice, led by @drandrewmking, @charlie_trimm, @brittanydkim. They’ve created a database for bibliographies on works by Black and Arab OT Scholars…Asian and Latino/a are to come.


Here’s something you need to keep an eye out for:  @HDayfani Proofs time! This will be out shortly and be available in #OpenAccess– (click to enlarge)

This is a bit of fantastic news for the Oxyranchus Papyrus project:  @Papyrus_Stories — The Oxyrhynchus papyri have a new online database! Images of papyri are included with links to other databases that provide further info. Hopefully one day translations of the material can be added to increase accessibility beyond non-Greek papyrologists.

And again, something noteworthy-  @WillKynes Proofs from a forthcoming chapter in Fifty Years of Wisdom: Gerhard von Rad and the Study of the Wisdom Literature (ed. Timothy Sandoval & Bernd Schipper; @SBLsite Press). I argue von Rad’s interpretation of Job was ahead of its time.

I absolutely enjoy the snippets posted by this tweeting account on New Testament manuscripts.  Always fascinating historical tidbits.  Most definitely worth following is @greekntestament.

Jeremiah Coogan has a new book coming out on Eusebius that will probably be of interest to students of the era.  We learn about it in the tweetings of @jstscu.

SBL/AAR meets in November and because there are so many boozy beer swillers who attend, there’s a craft beer get together.  You’re urged to bring along your favorite sort of Satan’s urine and enjoy an evening of swilling it with like minded swillers.  See, you thought twitter was pointless…

Twitter can truly be crap sometimes, but sometimes it’s also the source of very good things. You just have to claw through the manure to find the gold.

Books People Liked

Emily Gathergood recommends Grant Macaskill’s new volume on the New Testament and something called intellectual humility.  Wut?

Deane Galbraith enjoyed James Crossley and the Marxist radical Robert Myles’ new book on Jesus.  Which, I’m disgusted to say, isn’t even available here in the gulag of America until March of 2023.  What insanity.  I’m very keen to read it.

UPDATE on the previous paragraph:  Deane was kind enough to send a for sale copy of the Crossley / Myles book and I’ve been spending time reading it.  Enjoyable time.  It’s a great little book.  There’s good chunks that biblical scholars will be familiar with but there’s also lots to learn about seeing Jesus through their particular lens.  I recommend it.  (I didn’t review it because I paid for it; but I did make Robert sad by annoying him with a ‘why you should have sent a copy’ post).

The inestimable John Barton has a new book coming out (in November in the UK and not till May in the US… ugh….)  Nuff said really.  John is incapable of producing anything that isn’t superb.  He is the greatest scholar of our day working in Hebrew Bible.

Phil Long reviewed John Goldingay’s commentary on Jeremiah.  Few better exegetes than Goldingay presently exist and there just aren’t any books of the Bible better than Jeremiah.  Put the two together (with a generally skillful reviewer) and you’re bound to have a delight.

Heather Thiessen likes several books which she, thankfully, shares her thoughts concerning here.  I.e., the three volumes of A People and a Land (Vol. I The End of the Beginning; Vol. II The Road to Kingship; Vol. III The Land and Its Kings; 2019 & 2020, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company).   Give it a look.

Torrey Seland has a new book out on Peder Borgen.  Not sure who that is?  Well that’s a good reason to read the book isn’t it!

Very exciting news- a new volume on the fantastic work of Gerhard von Rad is out.

I reviewed a book about Julius Wellhausen’s dissertation that I want to make sure you hear about if you already haven’t.  The book is AMAZINGLY good.  I also reviewed a very differently organized volume titled Conversations on Canaanite and Biblical Themes.  You’ll have to see it to believe it.  Finally, I also reviewed Kenosis.  A genuinely great book with an assemblage of great essays (with the exception of one, which was rather weak because its author tried far too hard to be clever rather than helpful.  Consequently, the essay was only clever by half).

Candida Moss liked Jeremiah Coogan’s book on Eusebius (even if the headline is a tad click-baity).  The Daily Beast gotta get eyes on essays somehow.  The book itself sounds engaging enough.  Pity people can’t be urged to read things just because they merit reading and instead these days have to be ‘bribed’ to do it by excessively overstated headlines.  Candida also talked with the Jesuits about hell and death and demons and other fun stuff.  Excellently too.  She’s such a talented thinker.  Grateful for her every contribution.

Rachel Wilkowski is on a podcast thing talking about Children’s Bibles.  She’s a PhD student at Trinity College, Dublin, so she has to be smart.  Give it a listen.

A forthcoming volume that will be of interest to a large number of people titled Misusing Scripture: What Are Evangelicals Doing with the Bible?  I’ll tell you what they are doing: misrepresenting it.

Also forthcoming are two books by Konrad Schmid.  One on the Priestly writings and another a collection of his essays on numerous things.  Both from SBL Press.

Siebenthal’s Greek Grammar is now available, for free, to download in PDF and other e-formats.  (I bought a print copy last year.  I really like it).

Someone called Dean Flemming has a new book on Revelation titled Foretaste of the Future: Reading Revelation in Light of God’s Mission which he describes on Nijay Gupta’s blog.  Here.

Eric Van Den Eykel has a new volume on the Magi (it’s a reception history of the Magi since there isn’t enough material in the New Testament itself to actually write a book length treatment of a few guys who show up in a few verses).  A friend of his is thrilled to announce it here.  If you like wise guys, it looks like a book you’ll love.

Jennifer Guo reviewed a book titled A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus.  It must be a real barn burner because she read it in two days!  What better endorsement could there be for a book than that it was literally unputdownable!

New Testament Stuff

I have a confession to make:  of all the posts I read in October this one by Elijah Hixson was my favorite.  It’s on the misrepresentation of Dan Wallace’s remarks in the preface to a fairly recent book on, you guessed it, Textual Criticism.  It is a carefully constructed very erudite and yet perfectly clear blogging.  Elijah is quite the explainer / investigator / clarifier / and misprision destroyer.  You simply must read it.  It is both art and science.  It is a thing of beauty.

Dan McClellan has some thoughts to share on a TikTok video about an Icthys Wheel.  Not sure what that is?  He’ll tell you.

Michael Barber continues to blog at The Sacred Page where he generally provides essays concerning the RCL each week.  Mike is an old time blogger like Tilling and Goodacre and Seland and Davila and yours truly.

If the issue of hapax in NT texts is an interest of yours, you’ll enjoy this: Death by a Thousand Cuts: Examining Biblical Hapax Legomena One Word at a Time.

Nice work over at ETC on the missing verses in the KJV.  Peter Gurry is a good and competent explainer.  And Peter Head is miffed at a problem with a manuscript of Mark 10:45.  And Elijah Hixson wants you to know that scribal scribbles in margins can find their way into the text itself.

Mike Bird talks about the Didache.  For 20 or so minutes. If you like Australian accents, this may be right up your alley.

Craig Evans wasted time spent some time debating the Jesus Mythicists on the Associates for Biblical Research site.  It illustrates perfectly why the entire ‘apologetic’ enterprise is a Sackgasse.  Barth was right about a lot of stuff (though not as right as Brunner); but his view of ‘apologetics’ as the defense of the faith against atheists and agnostics was spot on.  God doesn’t need people to defend him, and it’s hubris to think he does. Besides, Maurice Casey (may he rest in peace) obliterated once and for all the entire Jesus Myth rubbish.  PS- no one changes their mind because of such things.  On either side.

Lauren Larkin posted a sermon she preached on Luke 17:11ff.  Give it a listen if you are so inclined.  And she posted one she preached on Psalms.  Because she isn’t a Marcionite.  Ok, fine, it was on Luke too.  But she cited Psalms.  So she isn’t a Marcionite.

Stephen Carlson had good things to say about an unread uncited dissertation on the Majority Text that he thinks should get more notice.  It’s for the text crit people.

Ken Schenck talks about Acts 10.  Did you know that there are things about the passage you may not know?!?!?!  Ken says you don’t.  So he wants to fix that.

Someone named Will on twitter mentioned one of those podcast things.  This one’s about Paul using clay to make people or something.  I don’t listen to podcasts but you might.  The pod people weird me out, so I avoid all of them.  Rambling on like loonies in the bin to invisible ‘friends’.  So weird.

Another podcast On Early Christian Magic showed up in October.  Sounds like it was an intriguing discussion.  You may want to check it out.  It’s an interview with Shaily Patel.

Oh, speaking of podcasts… @CSNTM noted Our founder Dr. Daniel B. Wallace spoke with @PrestonSprinkle on his @RawTheology podcast. Check out their conversation on your favorite podcast platform!

And if you have a favorite podcast platform, repent!

The text and canon people took a look at the place Revelation found itself in in various manuscripts of the New Testament.  You’ll enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy anything by Clark Bates).

How did Jesus pronounce his own name?  Did he go with Yeshua, or did he deviate from the norm and use Yehoshua?  Well there’s a post that appeared at the end of September but which I didn’t hear about until it was tweeted in early October.  So since it showed up (for me) in October, here it is.  It’s super.

Hebrew Bible Stuff

The always gracious ever learned Claude Marriottini has a brief but cogent and useful introduction to the book of Joel on his blog this month.  Give it a look.  He also had a very interesting look at Job and his BFF Bildad.

Cynthia Schafer Elliott wrote a gem of a piece on the literary context of the Hebrew Bible on the ‘Bible for Normal People’ blog ( which is usually festooned with Peter Enns’ stuff but this time it’s an excellent post!)  Excellent!

Jim Davila had some thoughts on the implementation of the latest archaeological craze- paleomagnetic archaeology.  Who doesn’t like magnets?  They’re cool!  And if they help us learn that the Bible is a newspaper report of ancient doings in Israel, who are we to be skeptical?

Do you like illustrated manuscripts?  Do you like the Psalter?  Well then you’ll love both as they are discussed hereAmong the treasures housed in the British Library is the Luttrell Psalter. It is a lavishly illustrated early 14th century manuscript commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell.

Like witches?  Like Old Testament witches?  Like Old Testament witches who are nameless and are only known because they come from Endor?  Well Bible Odyssey posted a thing on the Witch of Endor you’ll enjoy.

Peter Williams directs your attention to a neat little video on the you tube discussing how Hebrew pronunciation has changed over time.

Yonatan Adler wondered when Jews started observing Torah.  Hint, it wasn’t under Moses…

The planet is mad at you!  Justifiably really.  To find out why, read this great piece titled Qoheleth: The Earth Versus Humanity.

Logan Williams is leading a reading group looking at unpointed Hebrew texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Particularly, at the Damascus Document.  You can sign up and sit in on zoom., but it’s also in person if you’re in Exeter.

Yonatan Adler’s new book on the origins of Judaism has now been published.  He makes the announcement here.

Emily Gathergood announced the good news that the Nottingham Biblical Research Seminar was returning.  It kicked off mid October with a session on reading Jonah’s song intertextually, but more sessions are coming.  Sign up info is at the link.  You still have time.

There’s a new site called the Armstrong Institute of Biblical ArchaeologyAIBA’s mission is to showcase Israel’s biblical archaeology and to make it available to the largest audience possible, most especially to the people of Israel.

AWOL posted news of a new Open Access resource called Abgadiyat: Journal of Ancient, Modern and Digital Scripts and Inscriptions.  Surely something that will be useful to many.  PS- AWOL is one of the old guard blogs.  One of the few still operating (along with Jim Davila’s and my own.   Goodacre seems to have sadly moved away from it, having only posted in June of this year and way back in 2020 before that.  And Tilling too seems to have withered among the stones.  Both a great loss really.  They made academia a much better place).


The End of the Matter…

Apparently no one posted Carnival 199 in October so I did by posting a previous Classic Carnival.  So I’m still counting this as number 200 because it is and should have been and should still be.  Phil writes

I still need a volunteer for November 2022 (Due December 1), and December 2022 (Due January 1).  Or, if you are into long term planning, any month in 2023.

If you have thought about hosting, now is the time to step up and contact me via email, or DM on twitter (plong42) to discuss hosting a Biblical Studies carnival. If you are a new BiblioBlogger, this is a good way to get your blog some recognition. And, to quote Jim West, “They are fun to do!”

And, as an added bonus, if you do one, it makes it unlikely that I will!


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 Tuesday.  Get your submissions in.  And in case you’ve forgotten how fun the carnivals are- enjoy these from days of yore!

Call For Submissions

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

The October Biblical Studies Carnival is Up! And It’s Right Here! Because No One Did One!!

And it’s a Classic!!!!   (i.e., it’s the Carnival I posted for October last year.  So here it is again, for your reading pleasure. October 2022’s Carnival, posting November 1, is by yours truly with all new stuff.  (I’m only posting last year’s October Carnival because I’m annoyed that one wasn’t put together elsewhere…)


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.

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!

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.

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

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.


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.

Carnival Submissions

I’ll be holding the October Carnival (posting on 1 November). This just happens to be the 200th Carnival, so it’s a big deal.  Send in those submissions (but note, they have to be posts which were posted in October).

Send. Them. In.

It’s Carnival Time

Phil has it.

Welcome to the 197th Biblical Studies Carnival for July 2022. July is the slowest time of the year for BiblioBloggers. Academics are well know for taking the whole summer off and doing nothing. Heck, that is why I got into academics in the first place. Even though most BiblioBloggers were sunning themselves on a beach at some swanky resort, a few managed to post some high quality material during in July. Hopefully I did not miss many, feel free to add your post in the comments.

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 (
  • Part 4: Why Can’t We Date the Exodus? Part 4: The 430-Year Sojourn – Bible, Myth, and History (
  • Part 5: Why Can’t We Date the Exodus? Part 5: The 400 years of slavery – Bible, Myth, and History (

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.

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 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 page.  Give it a read. 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…


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

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 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!