May 2018: Biblical Studies Carnival 147

May 2018: Biblical Studies Carnival 147


Now that the merry merry month of May 1 May was indeed a merry, merry month as various nations, and also your humble reporter, celebrated their 70th birthdays during the month. Sadly as part of the carnival the Orange Overlord chose my birthday to trumpet his ignorance by formalising the move of the US embassy from Israel to the occupied territories.    is ended it is time for the Biblical Studies Carnival. 2 I know, I know, many of you live (as much as you can in those Benighted States), move (when the traffic allows), and have your being in places so backward that it will still be May for several hours yet, but here in the real world midnight has chimed and June is already busting out all over.

Since this carnival is being hosted on a Podcast site, I began the month with grand dreams of pulling together a collection of distinguished scholars, and indeed also bloggers, appearing in virtual person through the spoken word, rather than the usual impersonal written texts. Audio and video adding such richness and personality to text, I felt sure that many 3 Well, allright, I did not really expect ‘many’, but hoped more modestly for quite a few. would respond to my repeated calls for voices. Sadly it was not to be, the world of academic biblical studies is (by and large, but with some notable exceptions, some indeed noted below) 4 As you will see below, or perhaps ‘above’, depending on whether the directions in the hypertextual world are predicated on location or logic! mute 🙁

I therefore declare that this bird is chosen as the official animal of the biblical studies blogsphere:

Mute Swan preening official mascot of academic biblical studies online

I ‘declare’ rather than ‘propose’ this because I read Michael Bird’s post The World was Made For Us to Reign Over It which announced that I am a ruler in the animal kingdom, and therefore have the power vested in me to make such pronouncements! 5 Or something of the sort. His post also caused me to wonder which parts of the animal kingdom different bloggers might rule… Mike himself, if only because he must have suffered this sort of ‘joke’ too many times in the past will, of course, be Lord of the Avians. Jim West 6 For reasons you will have to work out for yourself. will be in charge of Terriers. But who will you nominate for all the vacant slots in the paradisial zoo? Why not offer your nominations in the comments below!

Speaking of James West, as one often does, 7 Though like everyone else one usually calls him ‘Jim’ – for fear of saying something worse! Jim was one of only two bloggers to forsake their usual taciturnity (or at least static textuality) and speak for this carnival. Here is Jim’s confession:  How I Became Me… A Horrifying Video. 8 So much for the secrets of the confessional! The other was Bob MacDonald in  Tim Bulkeley interviews Bob MacDonald.

As well as the above 9 Or should that be below? (Oh, no, darn it, it is now again ‘above’! mentioned celebrations Claude foretold his retirement, and proclaimed his renewed commitment as a blogger. 10 Though, of course, all bloggers ought to be committed, shouldn’t we?

New kids on the block and some old lags

After all that, let’s get this Carnival underway, and let’s begin with grand news. A new New Testament podcast began recently 11 Well actually their first ‘cast was a month ago, but the news is still making its way round the blogsphere which is bigger and slower now it is old, way back when the Carnival started such news would have passed around the world in a couple of days, now it takes weeks, so much as the ‘little world’ of biblical studies blogging grown. called New Testament Review it’s an engaging presentation of some of the key names and ideas from New Testament studies. So far:

  1.  Krister Stendahl, “The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West”
  2. William Wrede, “The Messianic Secret

Sounds 12 Puns are always intended, even when they are unintended, like this one 😉 like a great resource to point students towards. HT: the Duke Newt for announcing the birth!

Two of the long-time stalwarts of the Bibliopod have remained sadly silent this month: The Ancient World Podcast and Mark Podacre’s NT Pod 🙁

Luke Norsworthy continues ‘casting, he’s up to nearly 300 now 13 I believe, I should probably have asked, but this merry etc… I’ve been too busy, so ask him how many yourself. and during May he learned to pronounce awesome, but failed to learn how to refer to our awesome neighbours to the West ‘Christine Caine: Unexpected’.

BWIII is also podcasting 14 At least with some help from friends at Anglican Review. to advertise his book: A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem.

Fuller Studio managed to get a whole team From Creation to New Creation, which is surely a feat worth celebrating. 15 Just in case you had forgotten, gentle reader, what a celebratory month May was.

Archeaology

Deane pointed to an Oxford Books at Lunchtime video of a session in which Josephine Quinn claims that The Phoenicians never existed. 16 Does that mean we are constrained to invent them?

A site that’s new to me is Simone Ventorini’s eponymous collection, among other new things in May a brief introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Hebrew Bible

James McGrath (as well as Dr Who) 17 On which see below, or perhaps depending on which way you are looking currently above. podcasted songs by Madi Blair about Samson and Cain. 18 I should make clear that the convoluted syntax above (yes this time really above) was not meant to imply that Dr Who discussed such things, I’m sure she is too busy saving the world for such interests, but rather that Dr McGrath addressed them as well as addressing (or at least talking about) Dr Who.

Reading Acts commented on some hypothetical, and possibly also hyperthetical, acts of Eldad and Modad, which surely if you have interest in such matters you will, O best beloved, surely not want to miss. 19 Though of course neither gentleman was a Miss not even hypothetically.

The Logos Academic Blog continued their series of short pieces on What makes a good biblical scholar? 20 Well OK, they added ‘or theologian’, but really surely everyone knows the only good theologian is a _______ theologian – I’ll let you fill in the blank! The most recent was Michelle Knight who opines:

In my experience, it is the ability to listen that makes a great biblical scholar. 21 Are you listening, people? Or, are we listening people?!

Andrew Brown has been listening, he keeps hearing the clump of the Paraceratherium in the room, and in doing so discovers that humanity is broken. Is he right that none of the theology of the Old Testament/Bible books mention the pachyderm? If you know one that does please mention it in a comment!

On Script continues their 22 Unscripted? fine podcast series with:

New Testament

To Alan Garrow and the LAB fell the honour of announcing: 23 Well before its time.

It is not often that something entertaining happens in the field of New Testament studies.

Men in black

JPS posted many interesting things this month, 24 Including a brave foray into debates about ‘biblical inerrancy‘ – surely a case of rushing in where angels fear to tread, or at least attacking a sacred cow. among them a perceptive examination of translation choices in Matthew 8. BW has been mentioned 25 Below I expect, which is undoubtedly (if the technology works right, and technology always does, doesn’t it?) above as you read this. at least the ritual three times, but deserves one more for citing a New Zealand scholar, Paul Tribilco in How Did Early Christians Self-Identify? 26 What I refuse to link to are his daily posts of the Wisdom of Larry Hurtado, though I have linked to a video of Larry for those of you who don’t subscribe to the BWIII collection.

On a related topic (from near the antipodes of where Tribilco lives moves and does his stuff) the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins posted a video of Larry Hurtado on Consequences For Early Christian Converts.

Bill Heroman asked: How Did the Galatians Know Who Titus Was? (I always assumed they just Googled him, but I guess there were a lot of Tituses in those days.)

Doctor Who

James McGrath gave the incredibly brave 27 Or possibly foolish, you be the judge! title ‘Wibbly Wobbly Canony Wanony‘ to a post that discusses bibilcal canon issues and (of course) Dr Who. 28 In a post that includes almost as many links (but not footnotes) as this one.

Since this is the most official 29 Unlike Jim West’s puny pseudo-carnival. Biblical Studies 30 And assorted Science Fiction and Comic Strips. Carnival I’d best mention Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H. – Ant-Man and The Wasp as in the post Deane as usual offers some profound insights. 31 Or something.

Biblical Theology 32 I assume we have at long last stopped arguing whether we can admit such an animal exists today, or whether it must be relegated to heaven with the dodos and Mike Bird’s other subjects (see above, yes, really above this time – wherever heaven may or may not be)!

Ben Witherington decided to quote himself 33 Well we all like to quote someone more intelligent than us don’t we. prophetically in The Nature of Biblical Theology 34 Interestingly he signs himself BW3, while the byline of his blog is just plain old (or perhaps not so very old) Ben Witherington.

Al Mohler does not usually get mentioned in these hallowed precincts 35 And why should he be, this is a biblical studies carnival not the sort with sideshows? yet this month he seems to have been caught up into reading the Bible and so perhaps we can squeeze him in.

Michael Glaser apparently discussed editing the Hebrew Bible to remove the Hichcockian elements fro  the storyline. 36 Or maybe allowing the Old Testament to be read without the New? Or perhaps just a mega-pastor’s brainstorm?

Meanwhile in episode 50 The Bible for Normal People asked Rob Bell What is the Bible? A topic Preteens (no, sorry, I misread the URL, that’s Pete Enns) may also have addressed in There are No Contradictions in the Bible a post that (having no discernible date) may have been published this month.  37 I’m claiming it for May anyway, and the basis of the title alone!

…and beyond

Mark Hoffman continued to regale us with news and reviews of techie stuff that biblical scholars must know, presenting Biblia Hebraica, Septuagint, Greek NT, Apostolic Fathers Free Android Apps. 38 By the way does anyone know who the real Matt Robertson is?  And if so can you persuade him to please stand up? Mark aslo linked to the magnificent new open source Syriac Digital Corpus, which you can explore here.

The indefatigable, but thoroughly Avignonian, Jim West posted about a live ‘cast 39 In the middle of the night. by George Brooke on the Dead Sea Scrolls. As I write, it is not yet available as a recording though other more ‘religious’ topics are.

During the month the Zooniverse 40 I kid you not, but please do not skip the next part it is despite the name serious stuff. announced the completion of phase one and the immanent start of phase two of the open science project to transcribe the texts from the Cairo Geniza.

It seems strange to put Jennifer Otto’s exploration of Origen’s Homilies and similar early Christian works in such outré company but where else to file Encountering “Normal” Violence in early Christian Texts in the Age of #metoo ?

And, yes, the Bible Project continue to publish their brilliant and useful videos, this month continuing in their ‘altered’ state of consciousness with The Art of Biblical Poetry. If you don’t already, often, point your students to these, why on earth not?

Previously on The Biblical Studies Carnival

Ruben Rus posted the 146th Biblical Studies Carnival for April 2018 at his blog, Ayuda Ministerial.

Coming attractions

The 148th for June is currently 41 As I write, this may get updated if YOU volunteer as host! homeless 🙁

The 149th for July 2018 (Due August 1) will be hosted by Karen R. Keen (@Keen_KR).

Editor’s note

Compiling a carnival is never easy, each editor is limited and sees largely what they usually see (a Biblioblogdom filtered by the blogs and ‘casts to which they subscribe). I have tried above 42 And below, which is now above 😉 to extend my horizons but time is limited and others make less and less suggestions as the years pass, 43 I sometimes fear that the Biblioblogsphere is slowly eating itself as it grows more and more self-centered and concerned with self=promotion. I have certainly included more Australasians than in the past, and without (this time) trying more women authors. But sadly since I did not spend the time there are less from beyond the empire of White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism. (I nearly wrote ‘Evangelicalism’ but that word is tainted perhaps beyond redemption in this world.

And finally? 44 Some people are still living in May, I will continue to add entries received until midnight, when even the slowest parts of the globe will have become June and we’ll be already in June 2nd.

Rubén de Rus proposes his review of The New Interpreter’s Study Bible.

Notes   [ + ]

1. May was indeed a merry, merry month as various nations, and also your humble reporter, celebrated their 70th birthdays during the month. Sadly as part of the carnival the Orange Overlord chose my birthday to trumpet his ignorance by formalising the move of the US embassy from Israel to the occupied territories. 
2. I know, I know, many of you live (as much as you can in those Benighted States), move (when the traffic allows), and have your being in places so backward that it will still be May for several hours yet, but here in the real world midnight has chimed and June is already busting out all over.
3. Well, allright, I did not really expect ‘many’, but hoped more modestly for quite a few.
4. As you will see below, or perhaps ‘above’, depending on whether the directions in the hypertextual world are predicated on location or logic!
5. Or something of the sort.
6. For reasons you will have to work out for yourself.
7. Though like everyone else one usually calls him ‘Jim’ – for fear of saying something worse!
8. So much for the secrets of the confessional!
9. Or should that be below? (Oh, no, darn it, it is now again ‘above’!
10. Though, of course, all bloggers ought to be committed, shouldn’t we?
11. Well actually their first ‘cast was a month ago, but the news is still making its way round the blogsphere which is bigger and slower now it is old, way back when the Carnival started such news would have passed around the world in a couple of days, now it takes weeks, so much as the ‘little world’ of biblical studies blogging grown.
12. Puns are always intended, even when they are unintended, like this one 😉
13. I believe, I should probably have asked, but this merry etc… I’ve been too busy, so ask him how many yourself.
14. At least with some help from friends at Anglican Review.
15. Just in case you had forgotten, gentle reader, what a celebratory month May was.
16. Does that mean we are constrained to invent them?
17. On which see below, or perhaps depending on which way you are looking currently above.
18. I should make clear that the convoluted syntax above (yes this time really above) was not meant to imply that Dr Who discussed such things, I’m sure she is too busy saving the world for such interests, but rather that Dr McGrath addressed them as well as addressing (or at least talking about) Dr Who.
19. Though of course neither gentleman was a Miss not even hypothetically.
20. Well OK, they added ‘or theologian’, but really surely everyone knows the only good theologian is a _______ theologian – I’ll let you fill in the blank!
21. Are you listening, people? Or, are we listening people?!
22. Unscripted?
23. Well before its time.
24. Including a brave foray into debates about ‘biblical inerrancy‘ – surely a case of rushing in where angels fear to tread, or at least attacking a sacred cow.
25. Below I expect, which is undoubtedly (if the technology works right, and technology always does, doesn’t it?) above as you read this.
26. What I refuse to link to are his daily posts of the Wisdom of Larry Hurtado, though I have linked to a video of Larry for those of you who don’t subscribe to the BWIII collection.
27. Or possibly foolish, you be the judge!
28. In a post that includes almost as many links (but not footnotes) as this one.
29. Unlike Jim West’s puny pseudo-carnival.
30. And assorted Science Fiction and Comic Strips.
31. Or something.
32. I assume we have at long last stopped arguing whether we can admit such an animal exists today, or whether it must be relegated to heaven with the dodos and Mike Bird’s other subjects (see above, yes, really above this time – wherever heaven may or may not be)!
33. Well we all like to quote someone more intelligent than us don’t we.
34. Interestingly he signs himself BW3, while the byline of his blog is just plain old (or perhaps not so very old) Ben Witherington.
35. And why should he be, this is a biblical studies carnival not the sort with sideshows?
36. Or maybe allowing the Old Testament to be read without the New? Or perhaps just a mega-pastor’s brainstorm?
37. I’m claiming it for May anyway, and the basis of the title alone!
38. By the way does anyone know who the real Matt Robertson is?  And if so can you persuade him to please stand up?
39. In the middle of the night.
40. I kid you not, but please do not skip the next part it is despite the name serious stuff.
41. As I write, this may get updated if YOU volunteer as host!
42. And below, which is now above 😉
43. I sometimes fear that the Biblioblogsphere is slowly eating itself as it grows more and more self-centered and concerned with self=promotion.
44. Some people are still living in May, I will continue to add entries received until midnight, when even the slowest parts of the globe will have become June and we’ll be already in June 2nd.

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      The best way is to check who is doing the carnival for June, and email them part way through the month suggesting a post from the month you particularly want to draw attention to, most editors are only too glad to receive nominations and even quite happy to have self-nominations 🙂

  1. Thanks, Tim! I’ve downloaded some of your links for my next drive.

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