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June 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival

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I would like to welcome you to this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. Herein you will find a host of blog posts in biblical studies and related fields. I apologize in advance for any omission of worthy posts. Enjoy!

Hebrew Bible/Early Judaism

As the first link in this section, I thought it only appropriate to post a list of ‘firsts’ in Old Testament Studies by Rusty Osborne.

The World's Oldest man (Died this month at 116 years old)

The World’s Oldest man (Died this month at 116 years old)

You thought this guy was old? How about the continuing discussion of the world’s oldest Torah scroll.

Charles Savelle linked to a lecture by Alan Millard addressing the question “Did Moses Know the Alphabet? Was There Writing in Ancient Israel?”

Leon Kass explained why the Decalogue Matters.

Sure to incite a lively discussion, Andrew Perriman challenges the assertion that Genesis 3:15 is a protevangelium. He concludes that “if we can’t establish a gospel on an honest reading of the texts, it’s not worth establishing.” For anyone interested, a friend of mine will be presenting at the upcoming IBR meeting in Baltimore on “The Genesis of Resurrection Hope: Exploring Its Early Presence and Deep Roots” (see here).

Speaking of Genesis, have you seen “The Genesis Code?” Me either. But James Pate has some good thoughts on creation and evolution based on the film here.

Claude Mariottini wrestles with the Cain and Abel narrative in his post Cain and his Offering.

Steven over at Triablogue has ventured some parallels between the Genesis and other ANE creation accounts.

An unexpected voice in discussions on the Hebrew Bible, New Testament scholar Bart Erhman has fielded the question of the origin of Israel in the land of Canaan. Ehrman, not surprisingly, rejects the testimony of the deut. hist. that Israel entered Canaan by conquest. What is his conclusion? Subscribe to his blog to find out. You can see an excerpt here.

Looking for some good resources on Psalms? David Murray gives you his top 70 online resources.

Thomas Schreiner reminds us that we all need wisdom for our daily lives. What better place to glean wisdom than Proverbs. See his intro to Proverbs here.


For many, the word “Pharisee” is a pejorative term synonymous with hypocrite. Yet, Derek Leman seeks to set the record straight by summarizing common myths and truths about the Pharisees. Also see James Pate’s great post on the Pharisees.

There have been  many attempts to explain the function of the Hebrew verb. One recent undertaking is by Jan Joosten in his book The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew: A New Synthesis Elaborated on the Basis of Classical Prose. Doubtlessly a significant book for the study of Hebrew, Kurtis Peters has posted a review here.

We have all heard various understandings of Gehenna in the Hebrew Bible. See this post on Hell and Stuff at Faith Seeking Understanding. Similarly, see Tim Bulkely’s part 1 of “is Hell an Important Christian Doctrine?”

Libby Anne posts a discussion with Judaism 101 on the Messiah.

Chana at The Curious Jew compares David and Moses in The Making of a Leader.

New Testament/Early Church

For those too poor (or lazy) to travel to the libraries and museums of the world to view New Testament manuscripts up close, a new (old) online tool called the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room may be for you. Charles Jones gives the info here.

Mike Bird linked to a new site with resources on the 4 Gospels run by a bunch of smart guys from Cambridge.

Brian Davidson steps out of the LXX to show that Luke states what the other Synoptic Gospels imply.

Yoda read

Have you ever asked, “Does 2 Clement evidence awareness of Star Wars tradition?” Of course not. But that does not mean that we cannot somehow draw a meaningful connection between the two. Just see Rick Brannan’s post.

Shawn Wilhite has valiantly lead a group of men through the Didache the last several weeks. See his Reflections on the Διδαχή Reading Group.

What does it mean to be unequally yoked? Michael Palmer has listed some observations on Paul prohibition in 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Phil Long has posted a series on the Pastoral Epistles (see background of P.E. here). Some of my favorites have been his post on 1 Tim 1:3-7 and 3:1, but I highly commend all of them to you.

Mark Goodacre has collected various performances of the Gospel of Mark in preparation for an upcoming SBL paper.

Mike Kok has a helpful handout on the book of Acts.

The question of the New Testament canon is a complex one, with decades of scholarship drawing the battle lines. Yet in the midst of a heady debate, Michael Kruger lists 10 basic facts about the NT canon that Christians should memorize (only 8 are available thus far).

Fiddler Did you say “Tradition!”? Well, Brian Renshaw has a series of posts assessing David Nienhuis’ book on the Catholic Epistles. Among my favorites is his discussion of Early James Traditions.

Larry Hurtado is a foremost name in the conversation of Christian origins. In a recent post he links to a paper on “Trajectories” and “Interactive Diversity” in early Christianity.

Martin Shields has summarized the origins of the use of κυριος for יהוה in the early Christian movement.

What was it like being a woman in Jesus’ world? Scot McKnight would love to tell you in these two posts (Part One, Part Two).

Richard Fellows responded to a thesis addressing the motivation and legality of Paul’s collection for Jerusalem.

It’s amazing how a three letter Greek connector can generate so great a discussion. Here again is a proposal for the function of γαρ in Romans 1:18 as signaling a switch in speaker.

breaking-glassDid Jesus turn water into grape juice at Cana? John Byron responds to this claim in his post Was Jesus a bartender?

Are the symbols used in Revelation 20 and Revelation 12 incompatible in describing the same period of time? Matt McMains does not think so (see here).

Jason Gardner has reviewed Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul.

Phil Long also did a two-part review of New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity (see Part One and Part Two).

LXX/Text Criticism/Linguistics 

With the much anticipated release of Timothy Michael Law’s book When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible, Brian LePort announced a Forthcoming Book Blog Tour.

Greg Martini weighs the textual evidence for a particular reading of Genesis 41.

I heard a fantastic paper on a text-critical problem by Brian Davidson this past semester in an Isaiah seminar. He has posted an excerpt in ‘Warning’ or ‘Turning’ in Isaiah 8:11.

Brian also reminds us that references to 1QIsa-a in the BHS apparatus should always be checked with the use of digital images in this post.

Contrary to popular belief, John Meade, now assistant professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary, is still alive on the blogosphere. His resurrection post καίγε in Joel 2:29 and Acts 2:18 assesses an interesting variant, asking whether the NT authors had a choice of texts before them or simply used the only available resources.

Also, If you have a suitcase and a Septuagint, the program for the upcoming International Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies is posted (see paper abstracts here).

One of the First Things that Came up When I googled "Colonial Nonsense"

One of the First Things that Came up When I googled “Colonial Nonsense”

Dirk Jongkind thinks it’s time to end colonial nonsense and give a home back to a few dispossed verses in Romans 14.

Did the Corinthian church think Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus? Stephen Carlson can help by weighing in on a variant in 1 Corinthians 1:1.

Technically a post from last month, but we’ll include it anyway. Clifford Kvidahl thinks out loud about a variant in Ephesians 1:1.

Have you ever seen P46 in the flesh? Well, Dan Wallace has. In fact, he has given some thoughts on the absence of the Pastoral Epistles in the manuscript here.

Need more proof that “context is king?” Mark Ward welcomes your applause for his post Usage Determines Meaning.

For all my formal-equivalence brethren, Bill Mounce discusses the singular translation in the ESV of two plural words in the Greek of 2 Corinthians 7.


Typology is a buzzword in the debate on biblical theology. While some have championed a typological hermeneutic, Joel Willitts raises a caution about the common application of this approach. In his view, typology in many cases leads to supersessionism. He asks, “Can biblical theology be done without a supersessionistic application of typology?” (also see his follow-up posts here and here). Also, see Fred Zaspel’s post on The Warrant for Typological Interpretation of Scripture.

In a related vein, Russell Meek answers the question, “What hath Paul to do with Moses?” (The Relationship between the two Testaments).

Chris Heard has some interesting thoughts on the inspiration of scripture (starting here).

For those who take seriously Paul’s warning to examine yourself before partaking of the Lord’s Supper, approaching the table can be daunting. But Mike Leake gives his thoughts on “Should I Voluntarily Abstain from the Lord’s Supper?


N.T. Wright in 1980

Rachel Held Evans, as part of her “ask a…” series, has interviewed N.T. Wright. The range of topics covers a wide amount of subject matter from eschatology to sexuality.

Blake White likes Greg Boyd. In this post he makes some comments on Universalism.

Chad Chambers has a helpful bibliography of Paul’s use of “in Christhere. Also, see his post on συν Χριστω (“with Christ”) here.

Guy Davies at Exiled Preacher has posted some of Herman Bavinck‘s thoughts on conversion and Evan Roberts.

Andrew Byers publicly confesses researching zombie theology.

Brian LePort posted a substantial review of Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism.


The prophets envisioned a day when the nations would stream to Mount Zion. Well, that day has not yet come. But in the meantime, you can read a post from James Tabor on archeologist excavating Mount Zion.

Want to visit ancient Israel? There’s an app for that. This app can take you back in time to see things as they were.

The guys at have mentioned a virtual tour of the Herod exhibit at the Israel Museum.

What would you do if you found a remnant from the first-temple period? Keep it quiet? That’s what some have said the Israeli authorities have sought to do with this pillar recently unearthed by a tour guide (see original story here). Jim West remains unimpressed (see here).

The ASOR blog has posted on The Renewed Hazor Excavations.

Duane Smith discusses his new book on Gezer VII.

Jameel mentions a Mysterious Underwater Building Discovered in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

Ferrell Jenkins draws attention to three cooking pots and lamps that further support a Roman seige of Jerusalem.


If you ask yourself why a separate category for history/church history is necessary, then you should probably read Michael Svigel’s posts on 10 Reasons to Learn Church History (I particularly commend reason 9).

Over at Libanius Redux – Antiochepedia, you can find a post on the effects of Palmyrene vassals of Rome on Antioch.

Many over the course of Christendom have thought through the what exactly happened at Pentecost. What were tongues all about? Charles Sullivan makes some comments on 11th century Greek theologian Michael Psellos’ thoughts here.

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Not that Creed. But Robin Parry has some thoughts on how to handle the gaps in church creeds. Also see Mike Bird’s post on Scripture and Creeds.

There is no doubt that the Reformation has left a mark on the history of Christianity. But what was the Reformation all about? While many have forgotten, C. Michael Patton boils down, in his view, the two central issues.

If I could sit and listen to anyone lecture for 12 hours straight it would be Michael Haykin. You too can hear him lecture on Being Baptist.

Do you need convincing to read Jonathan Edwards? Let Owen Strachan persuade you with 3 Reasons you Should Start Reading Jonathan Edwards.

Sure to make someone happy, Roger Pearse announces the availability of Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes online.

Turn in your Bibles to the book of 2 Maccabees…Oh wait, it’s not there? Ever wonder why? Philip Jenkins gives his thoughts on  the economic reasons for the exclusion of the Apocrypha.

Roger Pearse has posted some of Detlefsen’s thoughts on the “indices” of Pliny the Elder’s “Natural History.”

Alex Poulos alludes to the complexity of Origen’s view of Eternal Punishment.

John Byron links to this great 3D virtual tour of Rome in 320 C.E. (see original post here).

Other Interesting Stuff

Oddities Alive

Ever wonder what happens in the Vatican? David Stark has pointed to a portion of National Geographic’s “Inside the Vatican” available online.

Speaking of the Vatican, ever wondered why C.S. Lewis did not link arms with the Roman Catholic Church? John Burgay gives us an answer here.

Brice Jones welcomes Tommy Wasserman to the editorial board of New Testament Studies here.

James McGrath has collected several Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online.

For you married guys, this is a lesson worth learning: It’s Not About the Nail

Are you a pastor? Can you read? If the answer is “yes” to both questions then Nijay Gupta suggests six academic journals that you should be reading.

Princeton Theological Seminary announced the appointment of Dr. Dale Allison as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies.

Apparently this seminary student didn’t care for the Creation Museum.

Two posts this month addressed the question of what you need to be able to read and understand the Bible. Check out James McGrath’s Do You Need a Ph.D. to Understand the Bible (i’ll give you a hint…the answer is yes…) and Preston Spinkle’s You Can’t Read the Bible Alone.

Brian LePort collected links to some good book reviews.

Exit 2 

Thanks for stopping by this month’s carnival (as always, inclusion does not equal endorsement). Again, my apologies for any worthy posts that may have been overlooked. Now my charge to you: keep the carnival’s coming. In fact, the next two months are needing able hosts. Contact Phil Long ( if you are interested. They are a great way to get your site out there as well as network with other biblical studies bloggers. And with that I wish you all well.


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Brothers (and Sisters) Lend me Your Links

Summer Carnival

I am hosting this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival and need your help. If you are unfamiliar with the Biblical Studies Carnival, it serves as a monthly compendium of biblical studies blog posts, covering subjects ranging from language to literature, history to theology, as well as culture. If you come across any good posts this month (deadline is June 30th), you can send them to me ( and I may just include them. Don’t be shy now.

Phil Long at Reading Acts is always looking for bloggers to host future carnivals. Let him know if you would be interested in hosting. It’s a great opportunity to get your blog out there, as well as synthesize the world of biblical studies blogs for your readers.

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A Double Dose of Biblical Studies Carnival Fun

This month’s biblical studies carnival is now post at that jeff carter was here. It has quite the range of subject matter including an intriguing lecture on 1 Enoch, as well as a chart to help you keep your Mesopotamian deities straight. Overall, it looks like a great carnival.

But if that were not enough. Jim West has taken it upon himself to put together his own party of carnival links. He apparently opted for a carnage theme this month (?). Regardless, he has some good links posted as well.

Next month’s the biblical studies carnival will be hosted by yours truly. If you gather any good links over the next 30 days make sure to pass them along.


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A Carnival of the Biblical Studies Persuasion

Jacob Cerone over at ἐνθύμησις has hosted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. He has listed several good links, as well as book reviews. I recommend checking it out. For more information on hosting a future carnival contact Phil Long.

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It’s Carnival Time…

Drewe at Delving into the Scriptures has hosted this month’s biblical studies carnival. One link in particular that is of interest here stands on the front of the translation theory of the LXX of Hosea.

Jacob Cerone, blogger at ἐνθύμησις, discusses the significance of the LXX rendering of the names of Hosea’s children, translating and not simply transliterating them. He rightly points out the implications this has for understanding the interpretive perspective of the translator(s) of Hosea. Furthermore, he notes the relevance this has for English Bible translations. Should the names be transliterated (Lo-Ruhama/Lo-Ammi), or should they be translated (No mercy/Not my people)? I recommend checking out the post.

Phil Long is on tap for next month’s carnival, so make sure to pass along any good biblical studies blog posts that you come across.

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And A Carnival it is…


I wake up on the first of every month with a sense of anticipation. It’s kind of like Christmas, but, without all the baggage. For, it’s time for the biblical studies carnival: a monthly synopsis of blog posts on subjects related to biblical studies.

This month, Jim West has put together our carnival. And, as anyone familiar with Jim’s blog will know, it is not the least bit dull. In addition to his colorful commentary, Jim links to many good posts on Hebrew Bible, New Testament, DSS, ect. The carnival itself is dedicated to Mack Brady, son of Jewish Literature Professor of Penn State Christian Brady, who recently passed away at the young age of eight years old.

Some highlights of the carnival include a couple posts by my friend Brian Davidson on discourse analysis and the book of Jonah, Rusty Osborne’s post on John Walton’s guiding principals for ANE comparative study, and a link to the newly released Marginalia Review of Books site. And just in case that was not enough, we have the privilege of seeing Jim in a Snuggie.

I am looking forward to next month’s carnival, put on by Drewe at Delving into the Scriptures. Phil Long is always looking for new folks to host carnivals, so for more information see here.

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December 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival

Abraham K-J, blogger over at Words on the Word, has hosted the December 2012 biblical studies carnival. He has included some good links, including several lists of top books/blog posts of the year. He also includes several sites that have recently published electronic versions of various manuscripts, notably the digital collection of the DSS from the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. Readers may also be interested to find a link to the online text of the NA28, together with several reviews by Jim West, Rick Brannan, and Chris Keith. Overall, the carnival appears to be another hit, following last month’s stellar carnival hosted by Bob at Dust.

The purpose of the carnival serves as a compendium of biblical studies blogs, covering subjects ranging from language to literature, history to theology, as well as culture. Phil Long at Reading Acts is looking for bloggers to host future carnivals. Let him know if you would be interested in hosting. It’s a great opportunity to get your blog out there, as well as synthesize the world of biblical studies blogs for your readers.


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