Category Archives: Reception History

Ireland and the Reception of the Bible

There’s an interview on the contents of a new volume over on the T&T Clark blog.  It will be of interest to many of you.

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!

Free 30 Day Trial Access to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, and Other Important Volumes

Test EBR Online, HBR, JBR, ZAW, ZNW and SBR yourself and activate your 30 days of free online trial.  Your access token: ebr0197820.  How to get access: degruyter.com/accesstoken

Additionally, you can find additional information here, including brief ‘reviews’ of certain articles. Other article reviews from Volume 15 are available here.

One simply cannot be working on any aspect of the Bible and its Reception and ignore these volumes safely or wisely.

The Anniversary of Julius Wellhausen’s Birth

There’s no question at all that Julius Wellhausen has been far more influential in the field of Old Testament studies than most others.    I mention him now because it was on the 17th of May in 1844 that he was born.  Today is the anniversary of his birth.

Wellhausen was born in the northern German city of Hameln on May 17, 1844. His father was a Lutheran minister; Julius was to follow in the same vocation. Wellhausen was sent to Gottingen during the period 1862-65 to study under Heinrich Ewald, a Hebraist and Old Testament scholar. However, Wellhausen and Ewald had a gradual falling out during the years 1866-70. The two quarreled over the proper interpretation of the Old Testament and about Prussian politics. Wellhausen received his Ph.D. in theology in 1870 and then taught for two years at Gottingen. In 1872, Wellhausen received a professorship at Greifswald, located on the Baltic Sea. He resigned in 1882 because he believed that his teachings were having a dire effect on theological students destined for the ministry, and because he had become a figure of controversy over his published views on the Old Testament.

There’s more here.  Of course it isn’t at all surprising that he was so influential- his initials were, after all, J.W.  Happy Wellhausen Day!

#ICYMI: NT Wright Ascends to Heaven From Bible Conference in Houston!

Witnesses say that just before he was seen to fly skyward without a rocket pack, he spread out his arms, and then up he went, shouting ‘buy my giant book which is very much like all my other less giant books or the wrath of God will descend onto your unrighteous heads… sinners…’

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Witness stories diverge at this point but many swear that as he disappeared out of sight through a giant hole in the ceiling created by the hurling of his new book through it that he was received either by Chuck Norris or Ryan Seacrest.

He promised to return.  Oh that we will all still be alive when he does…  Meanwhile, many will come in his name, proclaiming his gospel and urging souls to follow Tom’s teachings (also known as TT).  If you want to get to heaven, and spend eternity with Tom, you have to embrace TT.

The May Biblioblog Carnival of British Biblical Goodness

amenThis month’s carnival has a British flavor:  every post is by a British scholar (or one who has been to Britain or who has family from Britain or ancestors therefrom or who has flown over Britain on their way to Europe or who has seen Britain on a map in the fifth grade).

Hebrew Bible From a British Point of View

Jim Davila, who blogs on Hebrew Bible from the land of the Britons, posted the following interesting snippets: Major grant for the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library.  He also had a snippet on the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Eva Mroczek has words to say about the literary imagination in Jewish antiquity in a “Frankely Judaic” podcast from the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. The host of “Frankely Judaic” is Jeremy Shere.

Will Ross, a student of Jim Aitken’s at Cambridge, posted an interview with Tov.  Meanwhile, Tim Bulkeley, who says he’s British (so why does he live in Australia then?), posted on David’s story.

He’s just across the channel from Britain, so he’s nearly British.  He?  Michael Langlois, who posted about a DSS conference that also includes talk of the Samaritan Pentateuch.

trump_johnsonTripp Fuller illustrates the tragic state of biblical studies as publicity questing in a post nearly everyone should visit (to see an example of biblical studies as publicity questing) since it features some of the best questers in the ‘business’ of biblical studies… on the devil.  The post title?  Devilpalooza.  Of course.

The Dutchlanders have a review of a new edition of an older book that if you’re a reader of Dutchlandish or English you may want to read.  I’ll just leave it at that.

Matthew Lynch informs us that he has posted an interview with Brennan Breed on his book ‘Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History’ on his blog along with a six part blog series on violence in Joshua for another blog.  Here’s a link to the 6th post, which includes links to the others.

Chiara Peri blogged a bit about the Festschrift presented to Prof. Giovanni Garbini.  There are also, additionally, some photos of the event at the Pontifical Biblical Institute here.  Garbini has deserved a FS for a very long time.  I’m thrilled he finally got one.  And it’s an excellent one at that.

Chris Heard posted on the Walking Dead.  Oh that’s right.  That’ll get you over there.  (And yes, Chris is British.  Or at least his name is…  That’s what I Heard).

William Ross has started reviewing a grammar of the Septuagint.  He begins by stating Septuagint scholars everywhere are rejoicing to finally have a brand new, full grammar of the Greek Old Testament at hand.  He’s right.  Just last night there was a parade here in the middle of our small village and everyone was carrying their copy raised above their heads saying ‘forget the atv ride this weekend, we’re going to read this book!’

The New Testament as Seen Through British Eyes

09dvd-1-650Richard Goode posted this invitation on the Newman University blog.  Of course it’s too late for you to go now but if the St. John’s Bible is ever in your neighborhood, you should make seeing it a priority.

Brant Barber exegetes the Pentecost passages in a video production that’s far more engaging than Trek Wars or any of the other SciFi stuff spewed from Hollywood these days.  And he does it in English just like the British speak.

Phil Long(bowstockinghatnessshire) reviewed a book by someone with an initial and then a name and a last name (those are the important folk don’t ya know- the three name people) on 400 questions about the historical Jesus.  It’s a good review.  The book, though, sounds like rubbish.

James *The Editor* Spinti posted a neat little series of Greeky goodness:
http://anebooks.blogspot.com/2016/05/about-those-deponent-verbs.html
http://anebooks.blogspot.com/2016/05/middle-voice-yes-in-greek.html
http://anebooks.blogspot.com/2016/05/summary-of-deponent-verbs.html

Ben Myers (who usually dabbles in Church fathery sorts of uninteresting things except when he’s talking about Jerome, the only Church Father worth reading) has posted a guest review of Hays’ fairly recent book on the Gospels.

R.R. has continued his multi-segment examination of Bart Ehrman’s latest book.  Read all five parts.  I think a 6th is coming soon as well.

Matt Lynch declares that there’s an “OnScript podcast” interview with Joel Green on his book ‘Conversion in Luke-Acts’.

Ninja Gupta has some interesting observations about Clarke’s book on literacy in the Roman world.  Don’t pass it by.  It’s silent, but deadly interesting.

The Brits are having a Brit at a Brit conference with Richard ‘The Brit’ Bauckham on Jesus at St Mary’s in London.  June 10-11.  All the details are here.  And here.

Mid May was the anniversary of the publication of Westcott and Hort’s Greek New Testament.  And a pretty nifty blogpost resulted.

wrightA-J Levine lectured on Jesus and gender at Vanderbilt and Deane, who is sort of British (because he lives in New Zealand) posted the video of it.  Whilst I’m a big fan of A-J I continue to be unimpressed by the present spate of discussions about Jesus and sexuality.  It’s all nothing but the purest (and in too many cases, puerile) speculation.  We know Jesus was a male and that he opposed sexual impurity.  That’s it.  Everything else that anyone says about his gender or views is rank guesswork and always says more about the guesser than history or Jesus.

Mark Goodacre (he’s British, that’s why he doesn’t believe in Q like godly people do) was recognized, justifiably, by Duke for his excellent teaching skills.  Congrats, Mark.  Mark hasn’t actually blogged anything in months, though, so his appearance here is merely congratulatory and not blog-commendable-icative.

Larry Hurtado has some ideas about the Messiah and the ‘Divine Son’.  Classic Hurtado.  Good stuff.  And he doesn’t even have a British accent!  (As we all know, if you speak with a British accent people in America believe everything you say even if you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Larry knows what he’s talking about.)

The Jesus Blog people (all of them are Brits) posted a bit on- surprise- Jesus.  And liberals and anti-semitism.  Read the post, skip the comments.  Someone over there needs to apply the fine sieve filter to keep the mythicist nutbaggers out.

Tragically, word of the demise of Dennis Nineham in early May caused sadness across the world of New Testament scholarship.  As did the tragic news of D. Moody Smith’s death as well.  And at the end of the month we were all very saddened by word of the death of John Webster, one of the most impressive of all theologians.  One of his colleagues posted this remembrance.

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Do Brits Do Archaeology Blogging?

The Palestine Exploration Fund does.  Just not a lot.  And Jim Davila does.  Sometimes.  Like this- where he has a note on the ‘great revolt’ and an archaeological discovery connected thereto.  And sometimes when he points to stories like this about Israel’s IAA cracking down on looters.

And the folk at Tell Halif do.  So be sure to follow the doings there this summer.

Want to know how NOT to reference archaeology in connection with biblical studies?  This Norwegian Prof of Communications and Worldview (whatever that is) shows the not-way.  He enfleshes absolutely everything that’s wrong with ‘biblical archaeology’ including circular reasoning, outmoded methodologies, and amateurism.

Not, strictly speaking, from a Biblioblog- but worth noting because the practice of looting antiquities and selling them to collectors continues to be a massive problem  And Roberta Mazza pointed it out.  So, for that reason alone…  enjoy.

Don’t miss this post: mapping terrorist destruction of archaeological sites.  It’s must see.

Miscellaneous British Observations

titanicJames Crossley interviewed someone who is a satirist about something related to politics or something.  It’s totally British. He also launched a revised edition of his chaotic book where things are harnessed and politicians examined in great detail.

Helen Ingram has some salient observations about Higher Ed in the UK.  It’s must reading.  And Helen Sarah Bond (no relation to Helen Ingram or James Bond) has put together a list of women in Classical studies.  It’s something to behold.

Darryl P. had some really interesting things to say about translations of the Bible.  Well not actually Darryl, but Scot.  But I found it on Darryl and so he is the one what must be cited.  Darryl is the British spelling of Darrell or Darrel.  I think.  Who knows.

Til Magnus Steiner (a hearty British name if ever there was one) pointed out an essay which has some interesting ideas about clericalism in the early Church.  Practice your English and give it a read!

Lloyd Pietersen gave a lecture on the loons of Munster.  This is relevant for biblical studies and belongs in a biblical studies carnival because the loons of Munster show what happens when dilettantes who shouldn’t be allowed within 10 miles of the Bible not only get access to it, but convince others that their reading is the right one.

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Finis

insideThere’s a so called ‘official’ carnival over here at some guy named Brian’s site.  Visit it if you must and you don’t love God and the truth (which can only be found here).

Well that’s it.  We have examined every worthwhile British biblical studies post as they appeared during the month of May from absolutely everywhere on the interweb.  Tune in next month for our next Avignonian Carnival.  It’s Summer, so we’ll be diving into the pool…

St Luke, The Artist

weyden_lukas_grtMost folk are familiar with the tradition that Luke was a Physician.  But did you know that he has also been, in the history of Reception, an artist?

Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464

St Luke Drawing the Virgin
oil and tempera on panel (137 × 111 cm) — 1435
Museum Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Also known as the St Luke Madonna.

The scene is not mentioned in the Bible. Luke probably was not even born at the time of Jesus’s birth, let alone that he could have painted the Madonna as the panel suggests. Centuries later a legend developed telling that Luke once painted the Virgin. For that reason he became the patron of artists. There are several copies of this panel. The one in Boston is considered to be the original.

Fun, right?

So, At CBA I’m Doing a Paper on The Reception of the Bible in Catholic/ Protestant Diatribe in the 16th c.

I know, you can hardly stand not being able to hear it.  Go to CBA in August in New Orleans.  Anyway, researching the material has been super fun because I get to acquaint myself with gems like this:

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As you can tell, this is a Protestant swipe at the Papacy which is portrayed as the Beast in Revelation.  Particularly charming are the feet and the tail of the creature.  The godly Protestant is on the right and looks downright sad (because the Papacy is so evil).

Fun times my friends, fun times.

Down in Atlanta This Week…

This is what’s going on at Emory

For those of you in the Atlanta (GA, USA) area, Dr. Christopher Rowland, recently retired from the Dean Ireland’s Professorship at the University of Oxford, will be presenting two Reception History lectures.

The first is entitled, “From Impulse Not From Rules: Jesus and His Radical Followers,” and it will be at Oxford College of Emory University, Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall.

Chris’s second lecture, “How William Blake Can Help Us Read the Bible,” will be at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Atlanta) on Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Dr. Rowland is this year’s Pierce Visiting Scholar, a faculty exchange program between the Pierce Institute of Oxford College of Emory University and the University of Oxford.

Via David Gowler on FB.

Biblioblogdom Explained…

Let him (and her) who has ears to hear, hear…



Let Him Who Has Ears to Hear…

Hear… the screams of those in eternal torment.  Because they didn’t do the right thing.

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A fuller picture so that you get the total sensation of your own roasting… sinners…

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“Biblle” scholars to The Rescue!

I look forward to the double L gang riding into town down Atlanta way to stir up some true Bible knowing-stuff-ness… Thank you, CNN!

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Workshop on Exodus in Film

At Exeter

Bible films are currently undergoing an intriguing renaissance. 2014 saw two big-budget representations of the Hebrew Bible in the form of Noah and Exodus:Gods and Kings, and more cinematic treatments of biblical material are on their way: Mary and Last Days in the Desert in 2015, and Redemption of Cain, Ridley Scott’s follow-up David and a host of Jesus films all currently in development. In one sense the Bible’s representation in film had never really disappeared, with biblical allusions and archetypes scattered across 21st century cinema. However, Noah, and more recently, Exodus: Gods and Kings are of a different order, using A-list Hollywood stars to directly depict Bible stories for a contemporary multiplex audience.

Etc. for all the details.  Bible films in a word?  Rubbish.  Conferences in a word?  Paradise.

The De Gruyter Prize

The De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History call for submissions is open. This prize has been established to encourage biblical scholars at the early stages of their careers. De Gruyter will support this award with an annual cash prize of $1,500 for the best recent unpublished dissertation or first monograph in biblical studies with special attention to submissions in the field of reception history. Winning manuscripts will be published in an appropriate De Gruyter book series or, if no appropriate series exists, as stand-alone titles.

In order to be considered for the 2015 prize you must e-mail an Intent to Submit by Saturday, January 10, 2015 with a manuscript submission deadline of March 1, 2015.  Please follow this link for all relevant information.

http://www.sbl-site.org/membership/DeGruyterAward.aspx

Ham, and Cheesy

downloadAt the Creation Museum, it is the season when staff in biblical garb greet visitors next to dinosaur skeletons and volunteers portraying Joseph and Mary cradle a baby Jesus doll while real-life camels, sheep and donkeys graze in the grounds of a Nazarene house.

Part theme park, part Christian fundamentalist propaganda, Christmas Town plays a key role in promoting the creationist credo for America’s most high-profile champion of the message that the Earth and mankind were created in six spectacular solar days just 6,000 years ago.

Inside the main auditorium, the Kentucky museum’s founder Ken Ham delivered his nativity story presentation to a delighted audience of parents and children, untroubled that this account of man’s origins flies not only in the face of science but also the beliefs of most Christians.

For Mr Ham, a soft-spoken Australian who moved to the US as his homeland was “too pagan”, the target was not just his bête noire – legions of atheists waging a relentless war on Christmas – but also Christians who do not believe the literal account told in the Book of Genesis.

Etc.  Merry Christmas…  And what’s Christmas without a cheesy ball?

The ‘I Can’t Believe SBL is Just Around the Corner’ Biblical Studies Carnival

This month’s Carnival is a chronological overview of the best posts of not just the month, but of each day of the month.  And they all lead up to the ginormous festival we lovingly call the SBL Annual Meeting.  It’s the glorious event we all love to attend (for different reasons).  Some go to give papers.  Fewer go to hear papers.  Most go to visit the book hall.  And all go to see friends and schmooze and do sightseeing.  Me, I go to hear papers by friends and hang out at the book hall and eat with folk.

Consequently, as an aid to building up to the climactic excitement of you getting to see me in the flesh in San Diego, here are October’s best posts, day by day-

1 – On the very first day of the month Mike Skinner posted the ‘Official’ Carnival.  I’m sure you read it but in case you haven’t, there you go.  It’s all up in your grill with a football theme because Mike is a Texan…  a Texan….

2 – News of the Hawarden OT in the NT Conference was posted here.  It’s a long running gathering of those who are interested in the relationship of OT texts to NT.  It’s on my bucket list.

3 – Some unspeakably silly soul sold to the devil of mythicism has suggested, again, that Jesus never existed.  Antonio takes him to the cleaners in this justifiably brief post.  It’s so easy for these dilettantes to get a hearing thanks to the general ignorance of the masses.  Fortunately the only people who take them seriously are those who, like them, are mentally deficient.  (And yes, you have to be mentally deficient to believe Jesus didn’t exist).   And, OK, I said one a day but you have to listen to this podcast interview by Dom Mattos with Chris Keith.  Even if you already have.

4 – No one posted anything- so here’s a quote from Jerome instead:  ‘Men invariably worship what they like best’.

hhschmid5 – Pete Enns talks about George Washington, Deist.  On the same day the IRG blog posted news of a forthcoming conference in Leuven.  It seems like the ‘one post for each day of the month’ plan is falling by the wayside.  Sadly, on the same day Hans Heinrich Schmid died.  Two notices of the sorrowful news are here.

6 – Mike Bird likes Karl Barth and suggests that no one has said something about the righteousness of God that’s better.   Psssaaahhhaawww.

7 – Pete Enns is at it again, suggesting that being disdained is something he’s not uncomfortable with.  I hope one day that I too become desensitized to the negative views of others concerning myself.

b111bd6d-d93a-4218-8358-df5a7e955fb98 – Not, strictly speaking, a blog post- but still some very useful information from Hendrickson: they’re publishing a reader’s edition of BHS.  This will be very helpful to beginning students of Hebrew and a great improvement over the only other Reader’s edition, that of Zondervan, which really is more a text assembled to support the readings of the NIV than a true Hebrew or Greek reader’s text.

9 – Phil Long reviewed a book.  By Zondervan. On Greek.

10 – Eerdman’s posted it’s ‘All Over‘ entry.  Not knowing your life, I don’t know if you keep up with Eerdman’s on their blog or twitter or facebook or somewhere else, but they have some pretty useful avenues of scholarship.    You’d benefit from taking advantage of them.

11 – This is the anniversary of Zwingli’s murder by the vile papists on the field at Kappel where our dear friend was serving as a chaplain to the Zurich troops.  In his honor, pause a moment and remember him.  It’s also James Crossley’s birthday.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

12 –  No one posted anything.  Except me.  I posted this.  It’s an essay by Julia Fridman that you should read about archaeology and the tendency of some to ‘cry David’ just to make the headlines.  No one else did anything.  Anywhere.  Which is really both sad and sad.  The merry band of blogging brethren and cisterns have sprouted up overnight and withered nearly as fast as Jonah’s Gourd (which, by the by, would be a great name for a biblioblog!)

baal_temple_burna13 – John had a very fine post on Jesus’ real attitude towards marriage and the views of the Pharisees- and who really is being Pharasaical when it comes to an ‘open’ view of marriage.  And Tom Bolin had an essay on the ASOR Blog.  Since Tom doesn’t blog and I like his work (and him), I’m mentioning it as today’s second entry.

14 – Antonio Lombatti pointed out the discovery of a Temple of Baal at Tel Burna.  Interesting stuff indeed.

15Shlomo Sand and Judaism.  That’s the post of the day for today.  It’s also the debate of the decade- because it asks ‘who really is a Jew, and what does it take to be one’.

The month is half over.  Here’s a little musical interlude for your listening pleasure.

16Philip Davies uploaded a paper on the last 50 years of biblical research to his academia.edu page.  It’s not technically a blog post, but since it’s my carnival I’m free to include whatsoever source I wish, aren’t I?  😉   And Larry Hurtado posted a right interesting piece on theological labels.  And got blasted for it.  I have no idea why.

17 – The World of the Bible had a brief report of the reopening of a Bible themed museum.  It’s worth a look.  By the way, the World of the Bible is an excellent, excellent publication.

18 – You’ve probably heard about the General Theological Seminary firings- well these folk have a take on it that’s worth your consideration.  And Akma does too.  It’s a real shame when political maneuverings and economic manipulation takes precedence over education.  Such are the times, though, in which we live.

19 – Everyone took the day off to watch football.  Well almost everyone.  Matt posted some Markus Barth lectures.  Markus is Karl’s son.  Also occupied with something besides football was Christian Brady– who had some great thoughts on temptations and trials.

jjsswer20- If you missed this scathing critique of the SBL employment service at the annual meeting- read it now.

21 – Brian LeDoor announces that there’s a new Journal out there – The Journal of the Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting.  Everything is so specialized these days.  I’m looking forward to the appearance of The Journal of the Pharisees’ Attitude Towards Jesus in the Years 28-29 CE.  Indeed, every journal should now be revamped so as to cover just one year of whatever.  Like- The Journal of Biblical Literature, 1214 CE.  Etc.   The market could expand amazingly that way!

One month exactly until SBL begins!  YaY!

22– Tyndale House has been working on the STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) for a number of years now.  And until now, the resources have been available online only.  Until now.  Now you can download them and install them on your computer and use them even if you have not internet access.

23 – Phil Long had some thoughts on the political situation in Galilee.  Oh Galilee of the gentiles… land of the demoniacs… and swine.  And hills down which said swine run for miles and miles and miles and hurl themselves into the sea and drown even though pigs can swim.  Galilee, where the laws of nature seldom apply.  How oft I would have gathered… no wait that’s not right.  Carry on.

24 – A nifty book review of Chris Tilling’s favorite OT scholar, Walter Bruggemann’s book on the Psalms appeared penned by one Conrade Yap.  I remember with such fondness the joy Chris expressed at SBL when inspecting one of B’s books when, lo and behold, B appeared directly behind Tilling as he opined on said book.   It was – well – a life event.

25 –  Scribes and Pharisees, Pharisees and Scribes.  They weren’t all bad ya know…  They probably would have been as cool to hang out with as Mike Bird, and he’s pretty funny.  I can just see them cracking jokes and telling tall tales.

zur26 – A bit of info on biblical studies at Cambridge has appeared.

27 – Rob Bradshaw is to be thanked for posting the 2 Corinthians commentary of Plummer in pdf (it’s in the public domain).  And Matthias Konradt is the subject of this interesting post by Wayne Coppins.

28–  Eerdword commenced a new series titled ‘Rachel in Review’- and it has nothing to do with a journalist of that name who fancies herself (wrongly) a biblical scholar/ theologian.  This is a good Rachel with a good column.  Give it a read.

29Torrey Seland offered some thoughts on the new version of Logos just released.  Might I suggest you wait to get it if you want to get it if you’re attending SBL.  They always have conference discounts.  Bryan Bibb also reappeared, offering some thoughts on ‘The Voice Bible‘.  I’ve not heard of it.  I prefer my Bible pure and unadulterated by wicked translators.  Anyway, it would be hard to take seriously a Bible based on some lame NBC singing competition.  But Bryan’s post is good.

30 – Just in time for Halloween, some of the bibliobloggers got together and went out on the town.  The photos are here.  Be disturbed.  Be very disturbed.

31 – ASOR posted a neat podcast with Susan Ackerman on the state of Biblical Archaeology.

Well there you have it- this month’s best of the best from the Biblioblog Kingdom.  See you in San Diego!

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Brennan Breed on Reception History

In Bible and Interpretation

Reception historians do not necessarily focus on art or literature. One could analyze the Bible’s role in advertising, politics, scientific discourse, historiography, hagiography, or anything in between. How could one decide whether to classify one of John Calvin’s sermons, or the philosophical system of Maimonides, for example, as either a creative production or a scholarly interpretation? Accordingly, Jonathan Roberts writes in his introductory essay to the Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible: “The reception of the Bible comprises every single act or word of interpretation of that book (or books) over the course of three millennia… No one and nothing is excluded.”

Etc.

Call for Submissions: The History of Reception of Biblical Texts

Peter Lang Verlag has just launched a new series concentrating on Reception History:lang

Biblical reception history is an important modern methodological approach to understanding and interpreting the biblical text, not merely as it stands in the Bible, but as it has been utilized throughout the histories of Judaism and Christianity in literature, paintings, sculpture, film, music, community and other artistic and textual expressions. Volumes in this series will address particular aspects of those ‘appearances’ of biblical stories and tropes in the world outside the pages of the Bible.

If you have questions or a proposal, please do let me know.  You can mail me at drjewest@gmail.com.

So Far, the Response Has Been Very Gratifying

The proposals so far sent for consideration of inclusion in the History of Reception of the Bible series by Peter Lang Verlag have been stellar.  We are in the process now of evaluating them and making further inquiries and recommendations.

We’d love to have your work for consideration, so if you are doing something in the area of Reception History (and, really, who isn’t these days) or you have an idea, please do send it along.  The series, again, is intentionally quite broadly defined (given the fact that the ‘reception’ of the Bible is universal in art, architecture, literature, etc.)

Peter Lang Verlag Tweets

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If you go here you can read more.  Contact me if you would like the directions for submissions.