Monday, November 1, 2010

Oktoberfest Biblical Studies Blog Carnival Extravaganza!

Haere mai, tena koutou katoa.  Welcome one and all to New Zealand for the October 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival.  Don't worry, sausages have a strong presence this month as rather presciently suggested by the carnival's rather larger and better lubricated Deutsche namesake.  Thanks go to Jim West for reviving the dormant carnival and coordinating hosts. Thanks to all those bloggers who plugged the carnival on their own blogs, and if you didn't - shame on you.  Thanks also to everyone who nominated posts, if you nominated it, it is here somewhere.  Special thanks to those very few who nominated other people's posts.  If I lovingly sought out your post and chose it for the carnival without asking anything in return, then you are very welcome.  If you haven't been mentioned and you think you should be, then you should have nominated yourself and you only have yourself to blame - go and sulk elsewhere.  If you find a link that doesn't work let me know in the comments.  For any sins of omission or comission or typographee I unreservedly apologise.  Otherwise, enjoy!


John Byron considers the flood and human wickedness.

Konrad Schmid opposes Genesis to Moses as stories of Israel's origin. 

The very humble Targuman takes a literary/theological approach to Genesis in contradistinction to the prevailing winds of biblioblogdom.

Darrell Pursiful reflects on Abraham's era.

Matt Flanagan looks at the killing of innocents and the story of Abraham and Isaac

Chris Heard defend Ishmaels reputation against charges of sexual impropriety, sometimes a laugh is just a laugh

John Anderson's dissertation is going to be published: Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle sounds like fun!

Duane's been busy pursuing his abnormal interests trying to see if he can identify differences in the semantic ranges of the verbal use of the root ktb in various cognate Northwest Semitic languages, as you do.  He has also been translating Akkadian fragments from Egypt not to mention the Akkadian snake omens.

Israel Finkelstein on the united monarchy

Claude Marionetti has a penetrating 3 parter on Solomon and social oppression, 1, 2, 3.

Bob MacDonald finally completed his thorough review of the Oxford Psalms Conference.  


John Byron finds some useful videos on the period.

Loren Rosson takes us on a quick spin of fig trees in the literature from OT through Maccabees to the gospels.


SBL and Logos have produced a Greek New Testament edition.

Darrell Pursiful asked When Did the New Testament Become the "New Testament"? and also channelled Dr Seuss whilst translating Matthew 13:44-50.

Richard Fellows has graciously produced a summary of his fascinating Titus = Timothy hypothesis for those of you too lazy to read the whole thing.

John Byron reflects on teaching and translating Romans

James McGrath observes the interesting convergence of the traditional and the account of Jesus' burial in Mark's gospel.

James was also got inspired to offer a critique by Mark Goodacre's post on the orthodox redaction of Mark  

Matthew Montonini interviews Ramsey Michaels about his new commentary on John and Tim Gombis on Ephesians.

Jim West gives us some enticing previews of Maurice Casey's new book on the historical Jesus. (#3 was my fave)

Ken Schenck has been sharing freely (like someone who believes in prevenient grace!) from his forthcoming Paul book, his thoughts on the day of the Lord and how to be saved are worth a look.

Larry Hurtado posts some thoughts on the diversity and inclusivity of the New Testament.

Phil Harland has a podcast on his religions of the Mediterranian blog about Jesus as a student

Early Church

Mark Goodacre has been thinking about the talking cross in the Gospel of Peter which reminded Steve Douglas of a talking cross tradition from another time and place.

Larry Hurtado argues for the importance of the second century NT manuscripts

Ken Schenk reads Ignatius on the Sabbath

Scott McKnight starts a series looking afresh at Constantine.

A lapsed mythicist wonder what's next and incurs the ire of enraged mythicist commentors! (No wonder McGrath loves to bait and taunt them! If you are trying to boost your traffic, it could be a good subject to get into)

Steve Demler, having recovered from last month's carnival provides us with an imagined essay evaluating Athanasius' "On the Incarnation" against the assumed normativity of Nyssa's "On Not Three God's" and also a brief essay comparing and contrasting Athanasius' "On the Incarnation" with/against Origen's"Peri Archon."


Daryll Pursiful unveils his research on the "Schofield paradox"

Cynthia Nielsen hosts a couple of stonking guest posts on slavery and violence.
Bacho Borjadze on Brevard Childs, Isaiah and exegesis

Brian LePort makes an empassioned plea for Lukan theology

The new intercultural theology blog points you to some fabulous resources

Periman raises some questions about reading other people's mail

Peter Enns tackles the challenge of being religiously critical, or was it critically religious, in his Bible reading.

James McGrath shares a massive roundup of posts on creation and inerrancy.

Marc Cortez does a quick round up and commentary on recent discussion of Christian gender roles.

Daniel J Kirk expounds his narrative Christology

Richard Walker compares the temptations of Adam and Christ

Bob McKlusky wonders if 1 John teaches that Christians cannot sin

Scholarship and Biblioblogging

Peter Lemenche argues that we need Biblical studies to undermine orthodox Christianity but Hector Avalos disagrees, we need to undermine Biblical studies to expose orthodox Christianity, or something.  I can't help but feel the poor tortured souls just need to spend more time in prayer and Bible study, and home baking.

Tim Bulkely calls for a revolution in the rules of the academic game and he is not alone.

And never in the history of the world have more posts been written by so few people on the offensiveness of the word sausage in academic discourse.  Personally I am very grateful for Roland's fine work in upholding academic freedom.  I feel like I just witnessed the Battle of Britain.

And biblioblogdom finally makes it into world (pulp) literature!


Two Biblical scholars of note left this mortal coil this month

Edward Netzer

Jan Alberto Soggin


Madeline Flanagan would like to teach atheists Legal Interpretation 101 but how would they feel about it?

If you fancy another carnival why not check out Four Stone Hearth, an anthropolgy/archaeology carnival?

Deane Galbraith examines the mathematics of resurrection.

Tom Verenna doesn't like surveys


There you go, thanks for stopping by.
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Pax vobiscum


  1. my head is spinning! there's tons i'd never have noticed if you hadn't said something. thanks!

  2. Great job, Jonathan! Thanks for all the work you put into this.

  3. head spinning? i think i saw that on a movie once, you should porbably get that looked at. ;-)

    Thanks gents, although i just spotted about a gazillion typos which i will try and remedy before anyone else reads this.

  4. Jonathan - I just noticed this blog come into my facebook mail - It is worth a mention. The facebook group started last month and has 905 members already. The blog posts - especially Charlesworth's - underline thought processes that can shake us out of some parochialisms.

  5. And just to keep things in New Zealand for another month, I'll be compiling the next Biblical Studies Carnival over at Religion Bulletin:

    So if you're reading a good post this month, please remember to send me a short note, letting me know! Thanks.

  6. Duane's first mentioned post has a couple of trailing blanks in the link - so the direct link doesn't work. (Well not in Chrome at least)

  7. Deane, good news i look forward to it.

    Bob, sorry about that, have fixed it now.

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