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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…

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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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Write Like a Dead Man

Many writers have trembled at the prospect of publishing their work, knowing that their readership could disapprove of, or worse, refute, their thesis. There have been many times I have sat paralyzed before my computer, discouraged before authoring a single word. While writing can be a blessing to both yourself and your audience, it can also be a point of sanctification.

Charles Halton has recently posted four tips for better writing. The fourth tip was the one that best captured my attention: Write as if you’re dead. Based on advice that author Jeffrey Eugenides gave to young writers, Halton concludes his list by suggesting that you write as though your work would be published posthumously. Without the fear of failing to measure up to the expectations (self-imposed?) of the guild, you can be free to make your contribution. I found this tip to be profoundly helpful as I have often found myself in a place where this advice could greatly increase my productivity.

Yet further, from a biblical perspective, one can identify the root of much such fear, namely pride. Though we may have something valuable to add to a public discussion, we can be hindered because of the lingering thoughts that someone may not think our work is as great as we think it is.

As I write, I frequently remind myself of passages such as Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in Yahweh is safe.” Rather than writing to please, in an ultimate sense, my target audience, crippled by fear of how they may receive my proposal, I am to write as one who trusts in the Lord. For after we depart from this world, the approval of the guild is not ultimately what matters, but rather, whether we were faithful to our calling.

So do not allow fear to corrupt your creative process. Write as one who is free. Write like a dead man.

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