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Biblical Studies Carnival XXXII Online at AHP

1st August 2008

John Hobbins has posted Biblical Studies Carnival XXXII in three parts over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry: Part 1 deals with primary texts and discoveries, among other things; Part 2: with controversies; and Part 3 with posts on individual texts. As expected, John’s Carnival is superb.

One issue that comes up regularly is the work required to put together a monthly carnival. John himself admits:

The number of really excellent posts by biblical bloggers on specific texts continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Here is a representative sample from last month. My apologies to everyone who posted on other texts, but whose posts are not listed: there is only so much one person can read and get around to writing up

Perhaps we should move to more frequent carnivals? Twice a month? What do you think?

I am heading out of town today for a bit of a holiday (last one before the fall), so I’ll follow up on this suggestion next Wednesday.


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Nominate Some Posts for the Next Biblical Studies Carnival

23rd July 2008

Blogger extraordinaire John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry will be hosting Biblical Studies Carnival XXXII in the first week of August 2008 (I suspect he will have it uploaded promptly at the beginning of the month).

In order to save John considerable work, please nominate some posts today (and tomorrow, the next day, and the day after that…) It’s really easy. You have two options:

  1. Send the following information to the following email address: biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail.com. If you’re not sure whether a post qualifies, send it anyway and the host will decide whether to include it.
    • The title and permalink URL of the blog post you wish to nominate and the author’s name or pseudonym.
    • A short (two or three sentence) summary of the blog post.
    • The title and URL of the blog on which it appears (please note if it is a group blog).
    • Include “Biblical Studies Carnival [number]” in the subject line of your email
    • Your own name and email address.
  2. Use the submission form provided by Blog Carnival. (This is probably the easier option if you only have one nomination.) Just select “biblical studies carnival” and fill in the rest of the information noted above.

For more information, please see the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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Some Biblical Studies Carnival Business

9th July 2008

Current Biblical Studies Carnival

I trust everyone is aware the latest Carnival is online at Jim Getz’s Ketuvim blog. Make sure to check it out if you haven’t already.

Upcoming Biblical Studies Carnivals

I have worked on the schedule for upcoming Biblical Studies Carnivals. Here is the schedule thus far:

I have a potential opening for December 2008 (I have sent an email but am still awaiting a reply) and 2009 is wide open. If you would like to volunteer to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, please let me know. If you have volunteered in the past by somehow never got in the schedule, I apologize. Please send me an email and you will receive priority! I will also give preference to those who have not yet done a Carnival (and how about some women bibliobloggers? I have asked those I am aware of; please volunteer if you are interested).

Submitting Posts to the Biblical Studies Carnival
I would like to encourage all of the regular Bibliobloggers — and everyone else out there to regularly submit posts for consideration for the Biblical Studies Carnivals. Submitting one of your own posts or a post of a blog you read makes the Carnival a lot easier to pull together. To submit a blog post for inclusion to the Biblical Studies Carnival you may do one of the following:

  1. Send the following information to the following email address: biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail.com. If you’re not sure whether a post qualifies, send it anyway and the host will decide whether to include it.
    • The title and permalink URL of the blog post you wish to nominate and the author’s name or pseudonym.
    • A short (two or three sentence) summary of the blog post.
    • The title and URL of the blog on which it appears (please note if it is a group blog).
    • Include “Biblical Studies Carnival [number]” in the subject line of your email
    • Your own name and email address.
  2. Use the submission form provided by Blog Carnival. (This is probably the easier option if you only have one nomination.) Just select “biblical studies carnival” and fill in the rest of the information noted above.

For more information, please see the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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Biblical Studies Carnival XXX

30th June 2008

Ahem, a funny thing happened on the way to the carnival… I stopped by a garage sale and then got bogged down with the selling of my Mom’s house and various administrivia related to my paid employment (unfortunately, and perhaps surprising to some, blogging is at the lower end of the list of priorities — just ask my wife! -)). And when I did do some work on the carnival, I was reminded about all of the work it takes to put one together since hardly anyone submitted blog posts for it (which is regular problem which we really have to remedy). At any rate, I am heading out for holidays in a couple hours and knew that if I didn’t get the carnival finished today, it wasn’t going to get finished (and that would not be a good thing). So without further ado (!), here is the Biblical Studies Carnival XXX in all its glory…

The month of May was busy as far as biblical studies in the blogosphere goes. There were a number of interesting posts as well as some engaging discussions.

We’ll start the tour with some techie stuff. Tim Bulkeley of SansBlogue fame had an interesting post on how to add a daily audio Bible chapter to your WordPress blog. This is pretty cool; what would be even more cool is if you could do it in the original languages (I imagine it is possible since it is based on MP3 files).

Moving from the techie to the linguistic, C. Jay Crisostomo over at MU-PA D-DA started a series on linguistics in biblical studies, ancient near eastern studies, and classics. The first post in the series may be found here, while you can see the entire series (which is ongoing) by following this link.

In the area of the ancient Near East, Alan Lenzi at Bible and Ancient Near East blogspot did a nice little post on the reading of the Ludlul Tablet 1, Line 110.

In the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament there were a number of interesting posts. First up, and in honour of Mother’s Day, Claude Mariottini had a couple posts at his eponymous blog. He started it out with his The Sons of Rizpah: Reflections on a Mother’s Love and then followed it up with a few posts on the biblical motif of a mother of seven. He first looks at the reference to the mother of seven mentioned in Jeremiah 15 and other biblical texts and followed it up with a look at the reference to a mother’s seven martyred sons in 2 Maccabees 7:1-40. Duane over at Abnormal Interests also posted on this theme with his abnormal post, Enkidu, Jeremiah, and the Mother of Seven. Duane suggests an allusion between the harlot in Gilgamesh (Tablet VII iv:10) with the woman in Jeremiah 15:5-9. Any takers?

Chris Heard and John Hobbins had an interesting back-and-forth about John Walton’s functional understanding of the first creation story in Genesis chapter one. Chris started the conversation with his Genesis 1: functions and structures post, while John responded with Genesis 1 is also about making things: John Walton’s thesis revisited. Chris then looked further at the Hebrew verb bara in Genesis one, while John Walton himself had earlier written a fuller discussion of his views over at Hobbin’s blog. (I’m also not sure I can entirely buy Walton’s argument.)

Danny over at Samson Blinded has an interesting discussion of lex talionis in his post, An eye for an eye doctrine in the Hebrew Bible. Based on Exodus 21:22-24, Danny argues that the “eye for an eye” retaliation in Hebrew law applies only to harming the pregnant women. In an interesting move, he further argues that the Exodus law is a later narrowing of the broader application of lex talionis found in Lev 24:19-20 (“Anyone who maims another shall suffer the same injury in return: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; the injury inflicted is the injury to be suffered” NRSV). Most would argue the opposite; the Priestly laws are more than likely later than those found in the Book of the Covenant. Either way, it is an interesting post.

Moving to the prophets, Stephen Cook has an engaging post, Interpreting Zechariah through Art over at Biblische Ausbildung. The post is based on the work of one of his students in his spring seminar on the Prophets. It reminds me of an excellent paper one of my students did on the portrayal of King David in art history.

In connection with the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Septuagint, Richard Anderson over at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos was on a bit of a LXX kick in May. He uploaded a number of posts on the significance of the LXX for early Christianity. His first post, The Role of the Septuagint provided a general introduction to the LXX. He followed it up with a short post on The Role of the Septuagint in Redemptive Almsgiving that sets the trajectory for his other posts: The Role of the LXX in the Theology of the Early Church and a final post teasing out the Implications of the role of the Septuagint with respect to the notion of redemptive almsgiving.

There was a little debate among Loren Rossen, Mark Goodacre, and April DeConick, among others, surrounding the nature of oral vs. literate culture in antiquity. Way back when Loren Rosson over at The Busybody, posted “Back to Oral Culture: The World of Hypertext and recently followed it up with Back to an Oral Culture (II) in response to posts by Mark Goodacre and April DeConick. Mark Goodacre over at NT Gateway Weblog thinks contrasts between literate and oral cultures are exaggerated, while April DeConick seems to think otherwise in her post, What is Orality?, over at The Forbidden Gospels Blog. The debate continued with a number of other posts, including Judy Redman’s useful contribution Orality and Literacy. Mark’s posts may be found here, while April’s may be found by following this link.

There were a number of posts in the area of New Testament/Early Christianity in the month of May.

There was an impressive series of posts by Thom Stark on Hidden Transcripts in Romans 13:1-7 over at semper reformanda. The series of posts started in April and finished in May. An index to all the posts may be found here.

Bill Heroman over at the Bible/History Blog uploaded a two-part series on Paul, Aretas & Damascus, over at his . His first post, Aretas and Damascus – Discussion looks at Bowersock’s discussion of Paul and Aretas in his 1983 book, Roman Arabia, while his second post, Paul Fled Damascus Twice! is a fictionalized reconstruction of Paul’s second flight from Damascus, in which men from the Damascene church successfully repeated a previous tactic – the basket over the wall trick! As an illustrative exercise, the imagined dialogue between Paul and Ananias weaves together historical detail reviewed in Post 1, showing connections with scriptural events. An expository section follows discussing the logic of blending the various accounts (from Acts, Galatians & II Corinthians) without assuming similar details are non-independent events.

Rick Brannan (aka “Rico”) posted a review of David Scholer’s Social Distinctives of Christians in the First Century: Pivotal Essays by E.A. Judge over at ricoblog. He also uploaded a series of posts on instances of non-negative αλλα. See his posts, αλλα in MT 9.18 (and parallels), αλλα in 1Pe 3.16 and his The Symbol of Chalcedon: On the Difference Between αλλα and δε..

Rick was also busy over at his PastoralEpistles.com site with posts on Reconciling 1Ti 4.3 and 1Ti 3.2 and Westcott & Hort Outline First Timothy.

James McGrath published a number of interesting posts over at his Exploring Our Matrix blog, including Sticking Up For The Sadducees, Apprehending Jesus’ Apprehension, and Jesus: Of the Line of David?.

Wrapping up biblical studies, Alan Lenzi wrote an interesting article on the writing of commentaries, Writing Commentaries and the Life of a Biblical Scholar.

More in the are of theology, Nick Norelli uploaded a multi-part review of the book Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology. The index to his review may be found here over at Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth.

Finally, on the lighter side, Jim Davila had a review of the new Indian Jones film over at paleojudaica. While it was posted in June, you should also make sure to check out Scott Bailey‘s post BS Carnival XXX: Triple the BS (and yes, he is one of my students).

The next Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by James R. Getz over at his Ketuvim blog, and should be coming in the next day or two (and I assume he will be far more prompt than I!)


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Biblical Studies Carnival Reminder

28th May 2008

This is just a reminder to send me nominations for the next Biblical Studies Carnival to be hosted here at Codex at the beginning of June 2008. If my counting is right, it will be the thirtieth Biblical Studies Carnival — which I think is quite impressive! (note how I wrote out 30th; writing it out in roman numerals — XXX — may mislead readers as to what sort of carnival I am hosting!)

If you haven’t already done so (and some of you have), please nominate some posts for the next Carnival. As I said before, the Carnival isn’t a popularity contest or an award for brilliance; rather, it is a service to readers who do not have the time to sift through the numerous posts in the area of academic biblical studies each month. It is also a great way to expand your readership — and let’s be honest, if you weren’t interested in readers, then why the heck are you blogging in the first place?!

You can submit/nominate posts via the submission form at BlogCarnival.com or you may email them to biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail DOT com.

For more information, please consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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Biblical Studies Carnival XXIX

1st May 2008

Jim West has uploaded the twenty-ninth edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival over at his eponymous blog Dr. Jim West. Jim has done an great job covering the best biblical studies posts from the month of April 2008. Well done, Jim.

Next up for the Biblical Studies Carnival is yours truly here at Codex. I figure it was time I planned to do a carnival again (rather than try to pull one together last minute). So as you read good posts this month, please nominate them for the carnival. In addition, please nominate your own posts. The Carnival isn’t a popularity contest or an award for brilliance; rather, it is a service to readers who do not have the time to sift through the numerous posts in the area of biblical studies each month. It is also a great way to expand your readership — and let’s be honest, if you weren’t interested in readers, then why the heck are you blogging in the first place?!

You can submit/nominate posts via the submission form at BlogCarnival.com or you may email them to biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail DOT com.

For more information, please consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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Biblical Studies Carnival XXVIII online at Thoughts on Antiquity

3rd April 2008

Chris Weimer has uploaded the real Biblical Studies Carnival XXVIII over at Thoughts on Antiquity (He had previously uploaded a special edition of the Carnival on the morning of April 1st). Chris does an excellent job surveying some of the best biblical studies posts from the month of March 2008. I’m glad that I actually had some posts to contribute this time!

Next up for the Biblical Studies Carnival is Jim West, over at his eponymous blog. He’ll be pulling together the May 2008 edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival (which will be number XXIX, or number 29 for those of you who have trouble with Roman numerals, not to name names, Jim), so do him a favour and remember to nominate posts this month.

For more information, please consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.

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Nominate Posts and Volunteer to Host a Biblical Studies Carnival

24th March 2008

This is just a friendly reminder to nominate some blog posts for the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Chris Weimer (and perhaps some of his blogging team?) will be putting together Biblical Studies Carnival XXVIII over at Thoughts on Antiquity in the next couple weeks. This Carnival will cover posts from the month of March 2008.

If you have read some interesting blog posts that relate to academic biblical studies, please nominate them today! It can be one of your own posts or you can nominate a post written by someone else as long as they fit into the general category of academic biblical studies and cognate areas. You can submit/nominate posts via the submission form at BlogCarnival.com or you may email them to biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail DOT com.

For more information, consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.

In addition, I will be selecting hosts for upcoming carnivals in the next week or so, so if you haven’t already contacted me, please let me know if you are interested in hosting a carnival.


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Biblical Studies Carnival XXVII

3rd March 2008

Kevin Wilson has uploaded the March 2008 edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival XXVII over at Blue Cord — and it even comes with a nifty graphic! Kevin takes us for an entertaining and informative stroll down the midway as he highlights the best of biblical studies on the blogosphere for last month.

Next up for the Biblical Studies Carnival is Chris Weimer, who runs the blog Thoughts on Antiquity. He’ll be pulling together the April 2008 edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival, so do him a favour and remember to nominate posts this month.

For more information, please consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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Biblical Studies Carnival News & Call for Submissions

24th February 2008

I have up-dated the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage, as well as the Blog Carnival listings for the Biblical Studies Carnivals. As the unofficial (yet kind of official) coordinator for the Biblical Studies Carnivals, I have summarily pronounced Doug Chaplin‘s “A little unofficial Biblical Studies carnivalette” over at MetaCatholic the official Biblical Studies Carnival for December 2007. I was hoping to put together a carnival due to a last minute cancellation, though with all of the end of term marking and getting ready for an Arizona vacation, I just couldn’t pull it off. I even took everything with me on holidays, but between Christmas, golfing in Yuma, and Sea World San Diego, I just couldn’t find the time (or perhaps more accurately, the energy) to put it all together. I have a rough word document with all of the urls and some narrative, but I don’t think I will spend the time making it publishable. Sorry to disappoint everyone in the blogosphere :-)

Call for Submissions: BSC XXVII

Kevin Wilson over at Blue Cord has published a call for submissions for the next Biblical Studies Carnival. If you have read some interesting blog posts that relate to academic biblical studies, please nominate them today! It can be one of your own posts or you can nominate a post written by someone else — don’t forget that the post needs to fit into the general category of academic biblical studies and cognate areas and needs to have been written sometime in February 2008.

You can submit/nominate posts by emailing Kevin directly at kwilson [at] bluecord.org or you may email them to biblical_studies_carnival AT hotmail DOT com.

Upcoming Carnival Hosts Needed

If you are interested in hosting a future Biblical Studies Carnival, I am looking for hosts. I have hosts for the next two Carnivals (March and April) and then I am open for nominations.

For more information on all of this, consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.


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