Let’s Not Forget BAR’s Role in Publishing Scrolls From The Same Sources

Five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are fake, the Museum of the Bible in Washington was forced to admit last week. The embarrassed institution may be in good company: Out of at least 70 fragments ostensibly from the Scrolls held in various collections around the world, scholars warn that all are probably forged.

As the experts ponder who is responsible for the scandal in the Museum of the Bible, which may be the largest case of antiquities fraud in years, some researchers are placing a big chunk of the blame on a surprising culprit: themselves.

“Without the scholars, we would not have this big scandal,” agrees Arstein Justnes, a professor of biblical studies at the University of Agder, Norway, who also runs the blog The Lying Pen of Scribes, which tracks the suspicious scroll fragments.

But how could this have happened? How difficult is it to establish that a fragment of pottery or scroll is genuine? The answer is, not as difficult as you might think.

In his opinion, Justnes says, if the fragments in the Bible Museum had turned out to be genuine, they still shouldn’t have been displayed unless the museum divulged their provenance and proved they were legit.

But by uncritically publishing the scroll fragments, the scientific community “sent a strong signal to the antiquities market that it really didn’t care too much about provenance,” he says. “This really stimulated the antiquities market, and it was an encouragement to every looter under the desert sun. For over 15 years, several prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholars have effectively laundered unprovenanced material.”

And more, which do read.  And though the article completely ignores the major role that BAR has played in the entire Scrolls story, BAR too bears some responsibility.

The September Biblical Studies Carnival: A Learning Extravaganza At the Fair

Below you’ll find a whole midway of Biblical Studies learning.  Check out the Hebrew Bible Hoop Shot, The New Testament Nacho Stall, the Archaeology Arcade, The Miscellaneous Mouse Coaster, and the Book Bumble Bee!  There are enough thrills here to delight even the most stoic scholar or student.  Or even the most angry of the angriest angry atheists.

At the Gate

Before you proceed one step further, you HAVE to read Dan Wallace’s post on the importance of the biblical languages in theological education.  Go do it now.

The Hebrew Bible Hoop Shot

It’s time to try your skills with the round ball and see how many points you can score by reading the posts described.  To start off, give a read to this essay which is over on Travis Bohlinger’s blog on teaching Hebrew Bible outside of your confessional boundaries if you aren’t Jewish.

There’s some Hebrew Bible stuff noted by Jose here.  3 points.

Mid October be sure not to miss the Annual Genizah Lecture if you are in or around Cambridge.  If you attend, you get three points.

John Rogerson lectured, shortly before his death (on 4 September, 2018- may he rest in peace), on the forgiveness of sin.  Give it a watch.  Deane has also assembled other lectures by Rogerson on things like the Kingdom of God and the Prophets.

James Tabor (my best friend from olden times) posted an interesting snippet on the Messiah before Jesus.  Give it a read.

The LXX readers edition editors are very excited about pre-publication endorsings.  You may be too.  Personally I’m very excited about the volume’s appearance.  In spite of the fact that I haven’t seen it…

Semitica is out with a new volume, number 60, edited by Langlois and Römer.

Did you know that Song of Songs was the most popular book of the Bible in the Middle Ages?  Yup.  Thanks, weird ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ mystic loons.  Read the post.  It’s good.

The New Testament Nacho Stall

Time for a snack, on New Testament cheesy nachos.  First up, the British New Testament Society annual meeting was held at St Mary’s, Twickenham.  There was plenty of tasty tacos and buttery biscuits and cotton candy to be had by all who attended.  The conference, open to all who are duly qualified, meets every September somewhere in the UK.

Christian Brady has some observations about the Syro-phonecian woman.  Spicy!

Nympha, anyone?  Nympha and the letter to the Colossians?  Well here’s your post!  Give it a read.  It’s spicy!

Michael Jones has some great stuff (jalapeno-esque) to say about Schweitzer and Paul and suffering.  Michael has been friends with Timothy Bertolet for a long time, so he’s something of an expert on suffering.

For pity’s sake… stop with the goat talk.  Richard Goode is behind this.  Richard *The Goat* Goode is a bad, bad, bad, bearded, bad man.

Conrad Gempf (LST) gave a 20 minute talk on Jesus and the Scriptures.  Enjoy.  It’s got a bit of onion but cheesy onion nachos are super.

Lauren Larkin on Luke.  Lovely.  Look.  It’s laudable.

Did you know that Mark’s use of the Old Testament is important for understanding his Christology?  Wow.  Next, we discover that water, when liquid, is wet, and we then learn that a bullet to the head can be seriously injurious!!!!!  More cheese please!

Christian Brady did a video lecture for a group and even though it posted at the tail end of August, I’m including it here, because I know you never saw it:

Phil Long did a series of posts on the Sermon on the Mount.  Here’s the kickoff.  And you can find the rest on his blogge.

Here’s a recap of the BNTS annual meeting.  Nice work, Travis…  Travis seems like a nice person though he may well not be.  I don’t know.  I’ve not met him.  He may be a serial killer.  Who knows.  Anyway, read his post.  It’s not like he can reach through your screen and strangle you.

Luke 23:46… in music….  Okie dokie.  That’s nacho-esque right there.  Very nacho-esque.

Jimbob Snapp has some interesting comments about Mark 7:3f.  It’s a load of nachos without too much cheese.  (But I wish he had a better blog layout.  I don’t like the aesthetics of it.  That’s just me, and I’m not being judgy, but it reminds me of the 1st generation America Online style and it hurts my soul and senses).

Mike Bird has some interesting things to say about the book of Revelation and the doctrine of revelation.  Give it a read.  It’s just mildly cheesy.

The Archaeology / Dead Sea Scrolls Arcade

Test your skills and see if you can tell the fakes from the real thing.  One thing’s certain; the articles from Dead Sea Discoveries and made freely available to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal are anything but fakes.

Israel Finkelstein lectured in Zurich and the three lectures have been posted on the University’s theology department YouTube page.  Enjoy.  There’s lot’s of wisdom there.

Michael Langlois was in Australia talking about forgery stuff.  If you missed it, you missed it.

Did they find the church where the First Council of Nicaea was held nearly 1700 years ago?  Maybe.  The evidence sure seems to be there.  If they did, well that’s just pretty cool.  And I can’t wait to see how BAR exaggerates it!  Fun times!

On the other hand, 9 Dead Sea Scrolls ‘discovered’ in recent years are obviously fakes.  Well, I mean obvious to everyone but BAR readers.  But, speaking of the Scrolls, T&T Clark published what will be a standard volume for study of the Scrolls on the 20th.  It’s a massive volume with massive amounts of information.

If you would like to learn archaeology from an actual archaeologist- take Aren Maeir’s MOOC – coming soon!  It looks fantastic.

The Miscellaneous Mouse Coaster

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be turned upside down and lose all the change in your pocket.  Michael Bird has some thoughts on dealing with predatory priests drawn from Basil.  If only the Romanists would follow Basil’s guidance.

Ready to be really horrified?  Then hop on the academic publisher paywall exploitation express!  Yeah, I’m looking right at you JSTOR.

There’s still time for you to make plans to attend the Mowinckel Memorial Lecture, given in November by the brilliant Anne Katrine Gudme.

The Museum of the Bible… some don’t like it.  Peter talks about how Alexander talks about it.  It’s worth talking about their talking about it but it itself is something each person on their own has to decide their feely feelings about without having their sentiments dictated to them from Iowa or Yale or Birmingham.  Make up your own minds, sheeple.

Get your calendar (or diary, if you’re a Britlander) and take note of the dates of the 2019 meeting of IOSCS.  And if that meeting doesn’t make your heart pound maybe Syriac Bootcamp will…  Man that sounds terrifying.  I don’t know, but I think they make you eat Syriac and drink Syriac and carry around big heavy bags of Syriac and sleep on Syriac and it all seems so cruel.  But maybe you’re into that…

Randy B. takes a look at the Golden Mouth and Calvin.  Sure, it’s not something related to the Bible but it’s a good post so I’m including it.  If you don’t like it, be sure to comment below….

Interesting lecture here about those who like and those who don’t like Semites, in biblical studies.  And thanks, Deane.  Speaking of Deane Galbraith, he wins the post title of the month with this one: An Assmannian Global Spirituality Index.  Germans have such funny names.  And talk about a roller coaster stomach churning plunge…

There was a lot of discussion of Nike this month.  Randy did the best job of discussing it.  You should read it.  Strictly speaking, it’s not a biblical studies post- but it does have to do with biblical interpretation/application and that’s a good enough reason to include it here.

Hey, go work at Emory!  If your thing is New Testament, that is.  They already have Jacob Wright, so they don’t need anyone else for Hebrew Bible.

The Book Bumble Bee

Welcome to the stinging (of your bank account).

First up, the Logos free book of the month for September was Walter Kaiser’s ‘Preaching and Teaching the Last Things’.  It’s a different one now, because the free book for October is up.  And I don’t know what it is.  Because this post went live before the posting of the new free book of the month.  So go find out what it is.  And avoid Kaiser’s book because it’s fundamentalist rubbish.

Don’t miss Paula Fredriksen’s review of Matthew Thiessen’s book on Paul.

Michael Jones is sharing news of a 40th anniversary edition of Sanders’ ‘Paul and Palestinian Judaism’.  Go ahead and get a copy if you don’t already have one.  It’s quite a large book (which means it says far more than we know) and it is a real sleep aid / door stop / deadly weapon when hurled at an annoying person’s head!  It’s multi-purpose!

Evidently one or two people who read something called ‘Credo’ magazine must be mildly interested in actual biblical scholarship (I know, it shocked me too), because they convinced Will Ross to write something about the LXX.  I’m sure in their heads they read that ‘El, ex, ex’ and don’t know what it means.  Hopefully Will can help them.

Don’t read this terrible interview by the terrible Travis Bowlinger of the equally terrible Chris Le Keith.  Don’t do it.  It’s about a good series but the two principles of the post are terrible.  Terrible……..

Interested in the history of scholarship?  German scholarship?  German Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship?  If you answered yes, this will be of interest to you.

Do take a look at the post on the OUP blog about a new book on Darwinism.  You won’t regret it as much as you would a bee sting.

Exit

We hope you had fun.  But, really, it doesn’t matter.  Because we did.  As you leave, make sure you haven’t forgotten your children.  And here’s our final word, brought to you by Terry Eagleton:

“Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.” Terry Eagleton

Hahahahaha.  Dilettante owned.

See you next time!

If You’re in Australia…

Michael Langlois is there-

I will be in Sydney for an international conference on 20–21 Sept 2018. I have been invited by Macquarie University to give a paper at a meeting entitled “Manuscripts from the Margins: How to edit a forgery”. My paper is entitled: “The Jerusalem Papyrus: Is it a forgery, and how to deal with it?

More here.

Six More

They’re all free.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and German Scholarship: Thoughts of an Englishman Abroad

By George Brooke

This booklet is a fresh consideration of German-speaking scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls; it divides the scholarship into two phases corresponding with pre- and post 1989 Germany.

In the first phase the dominant place given to how the scrolls inform the context of Jesus is analyzed as one of several means through which the study of Judaism was revitalized in post-war Germany. Overall it is argued that the study of the Scrolls has been part of the broader German tradition of the study of antiquity, rather than simply a matter of Biblical Studies.

In addition the booklet stresses the many very fine German contributions to the provision of study resources, to the masterly techniques of manuscript reconstruction, to the analysis of the scrolls in relation to the New Testament and Early Judaism, and to the popularization of scholarship for a thirsty public. It concludes that German scholarship has had much that is distinctive in its study of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Philip R. Davies Qumran Slide Collection

This is the best thing you’ll see online today.

DQCAAS is extremely grateful to the late Prof. Philip R. Davies for generously making available to us his slide collection of Qumran. These slides were taken in 1970-71 when he was a doctoral student in Jerusalem, working on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Travelling Scholar at the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (now the Kenyon Institute). These slides include a remarkable picture of Fr. Roland de Vaux explaining how the people of Qumran washed their laundry.

Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at Sheffield University and Chair of the Palestine Exploration Fund, was one of our key supporters.  He is a towering figure in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and author of a book that engages with the archaeology of the site of Qumran and its environs: Qumran (Cities of the Biblical World; Guildford: Lutterworth Press/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982). He was co-founder and director of Sheffield Academic Press and founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and Professor Emeritus of Sheffield University, were he worked since 1975.

Philip laid out the slides on the Palestine Exploration Fund lightbox on 13 September, 2017, as shown in this image taken by Sandra Jacobs, DQCAAS Network Facilitator and Researcher. At this time no one knew that his illness was so serious. Philip died on 31 May, 2018.

Free Access to ‘Dead Sea Discoveries’ Till August 16

Free articles from Dead Sea Discoveries

To celebrate the 25th Volume of Dead Sea Discoveries, 25 articles from the past 25 Volumes will be available for free downloading during 2018.

The following 5 articles are now freely accessible until 16 August:

Did John the Baptist Eat like a Former Essene? Locust-eating in the Ancient Near East and at Qumran
James Kelhoffer (Volume 11, No. 3)

Mystery or History: The Dead Sea Scrolls as Pop Phenomenon
Maxine Grossman (Volume 12, No. 1)

The Book(s) Attributed to Noah
Michael Stone (Volume 13, No. 1)

The Development of the Early Recensions of the Damascus Document
Menahem Kister (Volume 14, No. 1)

What Has Happened to the Laws? The Treatment of Legal Material in 4QReworked Pentateuch
Moshe Bernstein (Volume 15, No. 1)

The T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Word today that the volume is due out next month

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last century. They have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance, not least in relation to the transmission of many of the books which came to be included in the Hebrew Bible. This companion comprises over 70 articles, exploring the entire body of the key texts and documents labelled as Dead Sea Scrolls.

Beginning with a section on the complex methods used in discovering, archiving and analysing the Scrolls, the focus moves to consideration of the Scrolls in their various contexts: political, religious, cultural, economic and historical. The genres ascribed to groups of texts within the Scrolls- including exegesis and interpretation, poetry and hymns, and liturgical texts – are then examined, with due attention given to both past and present scholarship. The main body of the Companion concludes with crucial issues and topics discussed by leading scholars. Complemented by extensive appendices and indexes, this Companion provides the ideal resource for those seriously engaging with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Table of contents

Abbreviations
List of Images and Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction – George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel

I. Background
Discoveries – Hans Debel
Archaeology of Qumran – Dennis Mizzi
Manuscript Collections: An Overview – Mladen Popovic
Publication Process – Weston Fields and son
Scholarly and Popular Reception – Matthew Collins

II. Context
Ethnicity: A Fresh Religious Context of the Scrolls – Robert Kugler
The Yahad in the Context of Hellenistic Group Formation – Benedikt Eckhardt
Regional Context of the Dead Sea – Joan E. Taylor
Qumran and the Ancient Near East – Henryk Drawnel
Scrolls and Early Judaism – George J. Brooke
Scrolls and Early Christianity – Albert Hogeterp
Scrolls and Hellenistic Jewish Literature
a. Philo – Joan E. Taylor
b. Josephus – James McLaren
c. Other Literature – Matthias Henze
Scrolls and non-Jewish Hellenistic Literature – Jutta Leonhardt Balzer

III. Methods 
Physicality of Manuscripts and Material Culture – Ingo Kottsieper
Scientific Technologies – Ingo Kottsieper
Reading and Reconstructing Manuscripts – Annette Steudel
Languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek – Holger Gzella
Biblical Scholarship and Qumran Studies – Reinhard G. Kratz
Scrolls and the Study of the Ancient World – Benjamin Wright
Historiography – Philip R. Davies
Social Scientific Approaches
a. Sectarianism – David Chalcraft
b. Sociolinguistics – Trine Hasselbach
c. Identity Theory – Lloyd Pietersen
Postmodern and Poststructuralist Questions – Maxine Grossman

IV. Key Texts 
Aramaic Job – David Shepherd
Aramaic Levi – Vered Hillel
Authoritative Scriptures: Torah and Related Texts – Katell Berthelot
Authoritative Scriptures: Prophets and Related Texts – Roman Vielhauer
Authoritative Scriptures: Writings and Related Texts – Ulrich Dahmen
Authoritative Scriptures: Other – Kelley Coblentz Bautch and Jack Weinbender
Barkhi Nafshi – Daniel Falk
Bar Kokhba Letters – Lutz Doering
Beatitudes – Dorothy Peters
Berakhot – Daniel Falk
Commentaries on Genesis – George J. Brooke
Copper Scroll – Jesper Høgenhaven
Damascus Document (D) – Liora Goldman
Genesis Apocryphon – Daniel Machiela
Hodayot (H) – Angela Kim Harkins
Instruction – Benjamin Wold
Messianic Apocalypse – Eric Mason
Mil?amah (M) – Brian Schultz
Miq?at Ma?ase ha-Torah (MMT) – Hanne von Weissenberg
Mysteries – Samuel Thomas
New Jerusalem – Michael Langlois
Pesharim – Shani Tzoref
Rule of Blessings (Sb) – Judith Newman
Rule of Congregation (Sa) – Corrado Martone
Serekh ha-Yahad (S) – Stephen Hultgren
Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice – Judith Newman
Son of God Text – Eric Mason
Tan?umim – Jesper Hogenhaven
Temple Scroll – Joseph Angel
Testimonia – Eva Mroczek
Wiles of Wicked Woman – Michael Lesley
Words of the Luminaries – Judith Newman

V. Types of Literature
Bible – Mika Pajunen
Parabiblical Texts /Rewritten Scripture – Molly Zahn
Exegesis and Interpretation – Michael Segal
Halakhah – Vered Noam
Rules – Charlotte Hempel
Poetry and Hymns – Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra
Liturgical Texts – Daniel Falk
Calendars – Helen Jacobus
Wisdom – Matthew Goff
Mystical Texts, Magic, and Divination – Gideon Bohak

VI. Issues and Topics 
Patriarchs and Aramaic Traditions – Ariel Feldman
Revelation – Hindy Najman and Nick Hilton
God(s), Angels and Demons – Hanne von Weissenberg
Eschatologies and Messianisms – Kenneth E. Pomykala
Jerusalem and the Temple – Mila Ginsburskaya
Purity and Holiness – Cecilia Wassen
The Scribes of the Scrolls – Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar
Forms of Community – Alison Schofield
Daily Life – Cecilia Wassen
Ethics and Dualism – Marcus Tso
War and Violence -Alex Jassen

APPENDICES A-G – Drew Longacre, Michael DeVries

Index – Michael DeVries

Live Streaming George Brooke Lecture

Via the undersigned-

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to join us this Wednesday, 30 May, from 13.30-15.30, at the University of Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Oude Boteringestraat 38), room 117, for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar.

Professor George Brooke will present on “Comparing Rules and Rituals,” his fifth in a series of lectures on “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

If you are unable to join us in person, please join us virtually by watching the live stream of Professor Brooke’s lecture at the RUG Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/TheoRS

We very much look forward to seeing you all then!

Best wishes,
Jason


Dr. Jason M. Zurawski

George Brooke’s Lecture in Groningen Will Be Live Streamed

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you all to join us this Thursday, 26 April, from 16.15-18.00, at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Oude Boteringestraat 38), room 130 (NOT room 253), for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar.

Professor George Brooke will present on “Comparing Texts and their Interpretations,” his fourth in a series of lectures on “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” the lecture originally scheduled for 5 April.

If you are unable to join us in person, please join us virtually by watching the live stream of Professor Brooke’s lecture at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/TheoRS

We look forward to seeing you all then!

Best wishes,
Jason

The March Madness Edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival

Our 145th Biblical Studies Carnival launches with posts focusing on the Old Testament /Hebrew Bible.   The title of the Carnival, though, has nothing to do with the contents except that the Carnival will be a slam dunk of biblioblogging gloriousness and tiny underdogs will find their rightful exposure to the wider world.  It will be nothing like picking up a book Chris Tilling has written that has Paul on the title page but it turns out it’s really about chess or something equally terrible.  So let’s get to it, shall we?

Old Testament / Hebrew Bible

Let’s start off our madness with an important reminder from James ‘The Bookman’ Spinti- that translations of translations are not the best starting point…  After making the point Spinti observes

Think Augustine, who knew no Hebrew and a smattering of Greek. He was dependent on the Old Latin translations—which frequently were less accurate than Jerome’s Vulgate, which was in the process of being completed while Augustine was alive. Jerome knew Hebrew well and not infrequently chided Augustine about his lack of knowledge of Greek and Hebrew (Jerome could be nasty…).

Could he be?  I never noticed…

Deane has a really interesting post on the origin of a marble statue representing Gen 6:1-4 and its connection to Old Faithful.  Really.  History is weird.

Eibert Tigchelaar’s lecture Beautiful Bookhands and Careless Characters has been posted online by the University of BirminghamSo say the folk at OTTC.

Jim Davila brings our attention to the John William Wevers LXX prize 2018 and your chance to nominate someone.  I nominate William Ross.  John Meade discusses the LXX canon… and let me say- NO, John, NO!   Mark Leuchter has a new article in the Journal of Hebrew Scripture, as announced here.  James McGrath has some things to say about something called ‘Young Earth Creationism‘.  Must be some sort of hipster band.  Hipsters are so weird, with their home brewed booze and their straggly rat infested greasy beards and nasty sweat encrusted caps… gross smelly beasts.

IOSOT is coming to Aberdeen in August of 2019 and they’ve already set up the website.  I love planners.  I may plan on going and skip SBL next year.

For 40 years the Hebrew Bible and digital technology have been intertwined.  And there’s a neat discussion / exhibition here.

If you want to have some fun read Matt’s post on Samson and Delilah.  It’s a 1922 film and it looks as terrible as you would think.  Some guy wanted to discuss some recent approaches to the book of Qoheleth.  Go ahead and read it, but it’s all vain.

Michael Homan has a great essay on the Mosaic Tabernacle in its ANE context.  It includes super illustrations.  Be sure not to miss it.  And if you’re in the UK you might be interested in this call for applications for Hebrew Manuscript Studies: Codicology, Palaeography, Art History.

Ryan Thomas needs your help deciphering a bit of Aramaic from Elephantine.  At the moment I’m posting this, the photo he provides is not working.  Hopefully it will be when the Carnival goes live.

Brant Petree has an interesting take on the bronze serpent.  From Numbers.  You know, the bronze serpent that healed all the rebellious Israelites after tens of thousands died thanks to their whinings… that bronze one.

Michael Heiser wrote a bit about the ‘Book of Og’.  It’s not the same as the terrible book by Chris Tilling called ‘The Book of Ugh’.  So please don’t confuse the two.

New Testament /Early Christianity

You may have missed it but Ben Witherington had a brief anecdote about the great C.K. Barrett, who had an amusing observation to make once about New Testament scholars.  And you may have missed the contents of the latest issue of New Testament Studies, but don’t worry, Danny Zacharias has your back.  I guess.  I think that’s what the kids say.  Who knows.  I don’t really care what the kids say anyway….

How did Jesus Become God?  The NOB debate. Professor Bart Ehrman and Dr Michael Bird debated the content of and issues surrounding Ehrman’s recent book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Preacher from Galilee.  It’s a series of videos.  #ICYMI (and you probably did miss it).

George *The Kiwi Starbucks Lover* Athas has a nifty post on the reason for Jesus’ execution (just in time for Easter).

Hugh Houghton does us all a favor here when he discusses the resurrection accounts in the Gospels, in Codex Sinaiticus!

Michael Langlois has some Jesus stuff on his blog about a Jesus film in the French tongue:  Jésus, l’enquête.  And who doesn’t want to investigate Jesus?  I mean besides the cray-cray ‘Jesus mythicists’ (who for people who claim they don’t believe Jesus existed sure do spend a lot of time talking about him….)

They’re going to have a study session in Cambridge at Tyndale House this July on the Gospel of John.  Pepsico has the details.  Roosters and the like make an appearance in the Tyndale House, Cambridge NT Blog.  Cock-a-doodle-doooooo….. They also discuss a variant in Luke 22:31  and one in Luke 23.  And Brian Davidson talked about the Tyndale GNT over at his place.  Meanwhile, the Logos folk asked ‘which text did Jesus use?‘  I’ll go ahead and answer: He used the Hebrew text.  He was, after all, a Palestinian Rabbi.

Joan Taylor and Helen Bond went to see the Mary Magdalene film and discussed it on the YouTube.  Others saw it too and were not at all that impressed with it.  And, back to Joan and Helen, they’re featured on a BBC 4 documentary on the women disciples of Jesus airing April 8 at 8 PM.  I sure wish it was airing here.

Mary also comes up for discussion by Michael Pahl.  I think Mary is pretty uninteresting as a New Testament character.  Far more interesting is the famed ‘Whore of Babylon’ in the book of Revelation.  She fascinates (as symbol).  But hey, to each her own, as the kids say (when they can bother to stop snapfacing and instagramming)…

Phil-Bob Long reviewed a commentary by F.F. Bruce.  Sort of surprised to see Bruce writing a newly published volume, what with him being all dead and all.  But stranger things have happened. And Tommy Wasserman is giving away a copy of his recent book on textual criticism.  Enter at your own risk.  Speaking of Textual Criticism, take a look at Ben Witherington’s post on p75.  The page is Patheos so beware of the plethora of ads you’ll have to slash through to get to the post.

Larry Hurtado didn’t like Mary Magdalene the film very much.  He would nearly rather watch paint dry.

Chris Keith will be talking about Jesus and cannibals (I think) in May- so you should arrange to go hear him.

Stephen Carlson wrote a bit about a forged manuscript.  Interesting if you’re into fakes.  And not fake, a multi-part examination of a new commentary on 2 Peter by Canadian Michael Kok you’ll want to check out here and here (so far).

Christoph Helig had a great post on learning Koine.  Go read it now, and then come back.  And if you want to learn Greek, do it at Newman University this Summer.

There’s a neat debunking of the myths about women and their place in the early Church over at the Oxford U. blog.  Give it a read.  And there’s also a neat post debunking NT Wright (alright maybe not debunking but perhaps showing his work to be bunk) by some kid with a Yosemite Sam mustache.  Come on, guys, shave so you don’t look like you’re hiding food in your face.

Henry Neufeld offered a reading of Hebrews 6:4-6 which isn’t altogether horrible or completely wrong.  Give it a read.  And Brian Fulthorpe discussed 1 Tim 2:11-15.  I’m not sure why, but as you know I’m not here to judge, I’m just a simple collector, like a Gospel redactor stringing pearls together on a string.  It’s up to you, precious soul, to decide what you like or don’t.

Archaeology /Scrolls

Roberta Mazza has an interesting piece on the illegal sale of papyri and what YOU can do about it.  You ought to read it if you haven’t already.  Beth She’arim is the subject of this post by the learned Jim Davila.

Todd Bolen discusses a newly discovered undisturbed Canaanite tomb.  Clearly, this proves that it isn’t Israel which has legitimate claim to the land, but the Canaanites (borrowing from the playbook of the Zionists who, whenever there is a ‘discovery’ of an Israelite this or that, use it to justify Jewish control of the land as though ancient Israel = modern Israel).

Archaeologists made some false claims about the City of David and now those false claims have been exposed by science.  Archaeologists need to abandon the Bible and spade approach.  They’re only hurting their own discipline.  And speaking of false claims, the false claim by Mazar concerning the so called ‘Isaiah Seal’ is the subject of a podcast by Chris Rollston.  And in yet another black eye for the discipline, Mellaart has been found to have forged many of his own ‘discoveries’.  Despicable.  Get your act together, archaeology.

Speaking of the unbelievable, they’ve done a Festschrift for Hershel Shanks….  Jesus take the wheel.

The Megiddo Mosaic gets a look from Arne Berge.  Who doesn’t love Megiddo and mosaics?

There was a neat post on International Women’s Day about women in archaeology that is very much worth a look.

Todd Bolen also had an interesting post about the large mikveh in Macherus which has been, for whatever reason, filled in.

James McGrath discusses Star Wars (?  is that the one with Kirk or Picard?) and archaeology.  What ties them together?  They’re both pretend (Star Wars all the time and archaeology whenever it hits the popular press).

Books and Other Media

Be sure to hop over to Logos and grab the free book of the month.  Very happy news from the Catholics: the Revised New Jerusalem Bible (New Testament) is out.  Next to the Revised English Bible, the Jerusalem Bible and the NJB are the best English translations.  So I’m going to have to obtain a copy of the RNJB when the whole thing is done in 2019. Speaking of Bible editions, happy news for the NT geeks- a new edition of the UBS/ NA text is coming in 2021/22.  And there’s also a new edition of the CSB coming.

There’s notice around and about concerning a new ‘Paul and Patristics’ database.  This is the first blog which I saw mention it (though twitter had noticed it a day before), so he gets the link.  Miraculously, this chap is blogging the RBL reviews when they appear.  RBL provides a good service so take a look if you’re one of the few who don’t already get the email from them.

Normally I wouldn’t mention a publisher’s sale but Wipf and Stock has stuff 50% off (on this list) till April 3.  So look it over and if you’re so inclined, get a bargain.  As they remark- Use code INV50 during checkout.

Better than 50% off, though, is free.  And you can download Huehnergard’s 3rd edition of his Akkadian Grammar for that low price.  That blog has all the best info just when you need to know it.  That guy is super.  And he’s the most beloved biblioblogger of all time.

David Instone-Brewer gives a bit of a tutorial on using LSJ’s lexicon in the STEP Bible.  Give it a read.

The Complete Jewish Study Bible is discussed over here with the editor in chief of the project.  If you like the ‘study bible’ genre, give it a read.  But remember-  Scot McKnight has an engaging post on Bible translation tribalism.   You’ll have to hack through the Patheos popups to get to it but with a steady hand and a sharp blade you’ll make it in an hour or two.

Here’s some good news- Francis Watson has a new book out.  He’s the best.  And as an example of what is not the best, here’s this post.  After you read it you’ll be all like ‘what?’  (And I only include it because I want you to know, precious soul, that you can do better if you try just a little.  Don’t be that guy…).

Check out STECA! – STECA is an international network for doctoral students and early career researchers, run by a Steering Committee, and currently based at the University of Birmingham. Our aim is to create a virtual common room to support early career researchers wherever they are based.   Bookmark it.

Faithlife has made a film on Textual Criticism.  Whaaaaaattttt?  Give it a look if you dare.  And the TC blog has a new contributor.  You may want to see the return of Elijah.  He doesn’t look at all like I expected him to.

Don’t miss this interview with David Instone-Brewer on the STEP Bible.  The STEP Bible is the best free Bible software I’ve yet encountered and I recommend it to my students each semester.  If you are a regular reader here you’ve probably heard me recommend it before as well.

And finally for this category- a gem from Jim.

Miscellaneous

Should you be keen to keep up with biblioblogging day by day, check out the Biblioblog Reference Library.  It doesn’t get a lot of press these days but it’s the perfect spot to get a ‘snapshot’ of the last 24 hours of biblioblogging fun.

Under no circumstances ought you miss the interview of Michael Langlois’s  titled ‘Revelations on the Bible’ in Science and Life Magazine.

The 2019 Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ is ramping up its planning, so save the date.

Larry Hurtado has some musings on PhD studies.  He’s retired, so he’s old.  And old people have perspective.  So give it a look.  Seth Ehorn muses on what makes a good scholar.

Timothy Lim reconsiders the canonical process.  I sure hope it turns out different this time.  The last canon had Mark in it and Mark is the worst thing since Joel Watts….

Don’t miss Tim’s post on Bible reading.  It includes a picture, so non-readers like Joel Watts and Chris Tilling and all the Wrightians and Bonhoefferians will still be able to enjoy it.

And lastly- here is a list of women bibliobloggers for your examination (because March is the Month of Women)-

Coming Up

For the next two months these folk will be hosting the carnival:

If you’re interested in signing up to host a future Biblical Studies Carnival contact Phil Long (email@plong42). They’re a ton of fun to do.  And he needs good folk like you to help out.

Oh, and Happy Easter!

Oh Well, It Will Be Gone Before SBL Arrives in Denver… So What’s the Point…

Sad.

A vast exhibition of ancient artifacts from Israel, featuring two Dead Sea Scrolls never displayed in public before, is opening Friday at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.

The newly unveiled scrolls lay down the rules for ritual purification and moral conduct that Jews have been following for thousands of years.

Other gems in the 600-piece collection include 18 other scrolls, which have been displayed before; a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem; a lot of pagan gods; and the biggest lintel ever found at a First Temple-era estate, says the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Live Stream from the Qumran Institute

Via the undersigned-

Dear All,

Please join us this Thursday, 8 March, from 16.15-18.00 (CET), at the University of Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Oude Boteringestraat 38), room 253, for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar.

Professor George Brooke will present on “Comparing Contexts,” his third in a series of lectures on “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

If you are unable to join us in person, you can join us virtually by watching the live stream of Professor Brooke’s lecture at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheoRS

We look forward to seeing you all then!

Best wishes,
Dr. Jason M. Zurawski
Postdoctoral Fellow, Qumran Institute