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The Biblical Studies Carnival

Welcome to the main information page for the Biblical Studies Carnival. The Biblical Studies Carnival is a monthly carnival showcasing the best of weblog posts in the area of academic biblical studies.

The goal of the Biblical Studies Carnival is to showcase the best of weblog posts in the area of academic biblical studies. By "academic biblical studies" we mean:

  • Academic: Posts must represent an academic approach to the discipline of biblical studies rather than, for instance, a devotional approach. This does not mean that posts have to be written by an academic, PhD, or professor -- amateurs are more than welcome! Nor does it mean that posts must take a historical critical approach -- methodological variety is also encouraged.
  • Biblical Studies: Broadly focused on discipline of biblical studies and cognate disciplines, including Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Christian Origins/New Testament, Intertestamental/Second Temple literature (e.g., LXX, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Josephus, etc.), Patristics, Biblical Criticisms and Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies and popular culture, among other things.

In addition, the Biblical Studies Carnival also serves to highlight a variety of blogs -- from well known to lesser known. All blogs are welcome to submit relevant posts to the Carnival. In this way a Carnival is an excellent way to let others know about a blog you frequent or gain new readership to your own blog.

The Biblical Studies Carnival will be published in the first week of each month (see the listing of past and upcoming carnivals).

The Biblical Studies Carnival is patterned after the History Carnival, the Philosophers’ Carnival, and the Christian Carnival, among others. A blog "carnival" is a blog post where a host blogger links to and sums up the best blog articles in a given subject area in specific period of time. The host typically rotates among a number of different bloggers ensuring diversity and different perspectives in the subject area. Some carnival hots will group entries following different themes, while others go through the entries in order of submission (the former is preferred, though not required).

Biblical Studies as a discipline has a long and distinguished history. We hope that each carnival will represent something of this variegated history by showcasing a wide range of blogs and topics so that there will always be something for everyone.

As noted above, the Biblical Studies Carnival is not just for academics and specialists and entries certainly do not have to be hard-core scholarship (Hebrew and Greek are not required!). Posts should, however, take a credible academic approach to the subject matter and should not be partisan or polemical. The goal is inclusiveity and credibility.

While there should be a fair degree of latitude in what is considered an appropriate post, entries should go beyond posts that consist only of web links or of quotes from other sources with little or no discussion or evaluation. Polemics and overly argumentative posts will not be accepted.

All submissions will be vetted by the host, whose decision is final.

Submitting Entries
Individuals may nominate multiple suggestions or may nominate their own writing. Please refrain from submitting more than one post by any individual author for each Carnival, with the exception of multi-part posts on the same topic.

The posts should have been published recently, certainly within the previous month, and preferably since the date of the last Biblical Studies Carnival.

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 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.
  1. 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.

If you’re an established blogger who knows your way around the biblical studies related blogs (dare I say, "biblioblog"), you may volunteer to host a future Biblical Studies Carnival. Email the coordinator either at biblical_studies_carnival AT or at the email noted in the footer.

Please note that the Carnival coordinator has absolute discretion in approving, assigning and scheduling Carnival hosts. Hosting requires some work, but it also highlights your own blog in the process. The goal is to rotate the Carnivals among a variety of different people.

The only additional requirement is to ensure that full contact details for the next host are included in your Carnival and to send the coordinator an email immediately after posting the Carnival so that this page can be kept up to date.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2009 20:45
Current & Upcoming Carnivals


  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLVIII (Doug Chaplin, clayboy - December 2009)


  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLIX (Tyler Williams, Codex - January 2010)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival L (Duane Smith, Abnormal Interests - February 2010)
Past Carnivals


  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLVII (Kevin Scull, Paul of Tarsus - November 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLVI (Daniel & Tonya, Hebrew and Greek Reader - October 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLV (Michael Kok, The Golden Rule - September 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLIV (Jim West, Dr. Jim West - August 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLIII (Pat McCullough, kata ta biblia - July 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLII (Jim Getz, Ketuvim - June 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XLI (James McGrath, Exploring Our Matrix - May 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XL (James Gregory, James Gregory’s Blog - April 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XXXIX (Darrell Pursiful, Dr. Platypus - March 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XXXVIII (Judy Redman, Judy's Research Blog - February 2009)
  • Biblical Studies Carnival XXXVII (Bishop Wrong, now located at Dr. Jim West - January 2009)