I’m back to my old chronological ways- in order to demonstrate the utter boring-ness of the month of September. Summer is over. School is back in session:. SBL is still two months away. And the bloggers are either busy sleeping or otherwise engaged in some lackluster activity. Where are the oldies but goodies like Goodacre and Davila and Williams and Seland and Heard and the others who were there in Philadelphia in the late 90’s when blogging began?
‘Enjoy’ the [slim to none] offerings [although it has to be said, there’s quality in what was posted. Real genuine authentic quality]:
4- Finally, a post! This one by Phil Long- it’s a book review. It’s not the most exciting book review- but it fits perfectly in the most boring month of the year. I mean, I’m not saying it’s a boring review or a boring book. But I do think it’s fair to say that the book will never be made into a movie.
5- Wow- I might have been wrong about the whole boringness of the month. There were actually two posts today. One by Mark Goodacre on the nutty lunacy known as the ‘Jesus wife Figment‘ and Richard Goode did a grand job of summarizing the various carnivals which were brought to life the first of the month. If the rest of the month goes this well, September will be a good month after all.
6- Richard Goode posted the best response yet to the refugee crisis facing the world. Adopting an accurate interpretation of the biblical text and applying it correctly to the crisis, Goode’s piece should be required reading for all those concerned with the issue.
8- Mercy! And Luther! Now there are two things you never thought you’d see together, did you!
11- Conference call for papers was posted here. It’s about the divinity of the Son. I guess some still aren’t sure.
14- Joel Watts offered a few observations on Heiser’s ‘Unseen Realm’ in preparation for his review of that work. I don’t really agree with his first complaint but I agree completely with his second affirmation.
16- T&T Clark posted an interesting essay on a particular reading of Hosea having to do with womens bodies. It’s scandalous.
18- Not strictly speaking something related to biblical studies, and yet nonetheless certainly of interest to all: a film on the Battle of Marignano (and the impact it had on Zwingli’s theological development) was made public. You will want to watch it. I don’t feel at all bad about mentioning it because it’s cool and nothing else happened on the 18th worth noting.
22- I heard just today about the St Andrews Symposium. It may interest you if such things interest you.
23- Vacat (unless you want to see the report of the euthanization of a 13 year old girl). See- September is a terrible month with nothing going on.
24- Mike ‘The Aussie’ Bird posted info about a new book on Israel and the Church. After an hour or two the popup adds will stop and the flashing lights on the sidebar will settle down and you’ll have a chance to read it.
26- Phil Long had a nifty post of Paul the non-philosopher. Phil’s a nifty guy. He tends to be too peaceable but I suspect that’s because he’s Methodist or Anglican or Episcopalian or something soft Arminian. But he’s still likeable.
29- Emanuel Pfoh, one of the best guys I know, sent along word of this conference coming in October in Tübingen. It’s on remembering the Bronze Age. The only person I know old enough to remember it is Joel Watts. So I hope he will make a special appearance.
30- A very fine post appeared just as the month ended drawing our attention to the fact that ISIS is heavily involved in the trafficking of looted antiquities. So, yeah, go ahead, buy that codex on the streets of Amman or pick up that shady unprovenanced papyrus. Help ISIS kill folk. Buy ISIS a bullet or a gun.
See- boring. If ever a month needed to be removed from the calendar, it’s September. Maybe October will pick up with plans for Atlanta. Maybe. I hope so. Who knows, maybe even Chris Tilling will post…