Biblical Studies Carnival: The Scandal of the Numbering Scandal!

As it turns out, the Biblical Studies Carnivals this year had the correct numbers after all. Regrettably, the list on the Biblioblog Top 50 had skipped a number between March and April 2013. We were wrong. We have taken measures to help ensure that such an error does not recur (adding arabic numerals).

Thank you to Bob MacDonald for pointing out our error. You were right all along. The Carnival covering the June 2018 period was indeed the 148th Biblical Studies Carnival. The Biblioblog Top 50 therefore repents, in dust and ashes.

The Biblical Studies Carnival List has been updated accordingly.

The Complete List of Biblioblogs has been Updated, with a Gender Analysis

The Biblioblog Top 50 has updated its Complete List of Biblioblogs. Please have a look to see what interests you in the world of biblical studies blogging.

In 2009, we analysed the gender of biblical studies bloggers (“Bibliobloggers Overwhelmingly Male and Goy”). The results revealed that biblioblogdom was highly male-dominated. These results correlated strongly with the dominance of “Very Conservative” and “Fairly Conservative” bloggers in the field of biblical studies.

Gender of Bibliobloggers 2009

As the following graph shows, the highly male-dominated nature of biblioblogging has continued today, while the overall popularity of the medium has declined.


Do you know of a biblioblog that should be added to our list?

As we have only recently updated the “complete” list, it is quite probable that some biblioblogs are still missing. We would appreciate it if you let us know of any blogs which you think should be included, either in the comments or by emailing biblioblogtop50[at]yahoo[dot]com. The list aims to include all blogs (including podcasts) which deal primarily with matters concerning academic biblical studies. We believe it offers a useful resource for readers and bibliobloggers.

Biblical Studies Carnival: Numbering Scandal!

Update: We were wrong. See the correction post.


We have recently updated the list of Biblical Studies Carnivals, for your reading pleasure. Check it out!

But in updating the list, we discovered the Greatest Scandal in the 13-year history of the Biblical Studies Carnival. From 2018, the carnival numbers have gone awry.


When Bob MacDonald (Dust) hosted the carnival covering the month of January 2018, he numbered it the 143rd Biblical Studies Carnival. But the carnivals had not been numbered for quite a few months before this. Scandalously, it was not the 143rd, but the 144th carnival. Oh Bob, how could you?!?

As a result, the February 2018 Carnival was not the 144th, but the 145th. The March 2018 Carnival was not the 145th, but the 146th. Fortunately, the April 2018 Carnival was not numbered. But the May 2018 Carnival was incorrectly numbered as the 147th, when it was the 148th.


We just hope that the True Numbering may be restored.


The Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018

We are pleased to present the Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018!

The Biblioblog Top 50 is the official ranking of biblical studies blogging, based on total hits each blog receives. Although posting somewhat less regularly in recent years, the Biblioblog Top 50 is pleased to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. Yet those whom we really want to celebrate are the many bibliobloggers who continue to inform and entertain us – with their views and opinions at the cutting edge of biblical studies.

Congratulations in particular to the Number One Biblioblogger for June 2018: Jim West.

And the moment you have all been waiting, and waiting for: here is the Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018:

1 Jim West Zwinglius Redivivus
2 James McGrath Religion Prof
3 Marg Mowczko New Life
4 Bart Ehrman The Bart Ehrman Blog
5 Ben Witherington The Bible and Culture
6 Peter Enns The Bible for Normal People
7 Jim Davila PaleoJudaica
8 Michael F. Bird, et al Evangelion / ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟΝ
9 Michael Heiser The Naked Bible Podcast
10 Neil Godfrey Vridar
11 Andrew Perriman P.OST
12 Claude Mariottini Dr. Claude Mariottini
13 James Tabor Tabor Blog
14 Michael Barber, Brant Pitre & John Kincaid The Sacred Page
15 Bob MacDonald Dust
16 Larry Hurtado Larry Hurtado’s Blog
17 Airton José da Silva Observatório Bíblico
18 Daniel B. Wallace Daniel B. Wallace
19 J. P. van de Giessen Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel 
20 Craig Keener Bible Background
21 Tommy Wasserman et al Evangelical Textual Criticism
22 Michael Langlois Michael Langlois
23 Abram K-J Words on the Word
24 Lindsay Kennedy My Digital Seminary
25 Ben Winter, Johanna Byrkett, John Ehrett, et al Conciliar Post
26 Tim Bulkeley 5 Minute Bible
27 Bob Cargill XKV8TR
28 Deane Galbraith Remnant of Giants
29 Krista Dalton et al Ancient Jew Review
30 Jones Mendonça Numinosum
31 Jacob J. Prahlow Pursuing Veritas
32 Matt Page Bible Films Blog
33 April DeConick Forbidden Gospels Blog 
34 Deane Galbraith, James Crossley Biblical Studies Online
35 Oliver Achilles Auslegungsache
36 Mark Goodacre NT Blog
37 Darrell Pursiful Dr. Platypus
38 J. K. Gayle et al BLT — Bible * Literature * Translation
39 Anthony Le Donne et al The Jesus Blog
40 Brent Nongbri Variant Readings
41 Alin Suciu Alin Suciu
42 Micheal Palmer Greek Language and Linguistics
43 Ben C. Blackwell Dunelm Road
44 Aren Maeir The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog
45 Manuel Rojas Estudios Bíblicos 
46 Brian W. Davidson Brian W. Davidson
47 Charles Savelle Bible X
48 Mark Goodacre NT Pod 
49 Tony Burke North American Association for the Study of Christian Apocrypha
50 George Athas With Meagre Powers

Update: We added a few blogs that we first missed from the Top 50, resulting in some minor changes in position.


The Biblioblog Top 50 is Looking for Volunteer Administrators

Are you interested in maintaining The Complete List of Biblioblogs? Or The Complete List of Facebook Biblical Studies page? Or the Biblical Studies Carnival List?

Then The Biblioblog Top 50 wants you!

We are looking for volunteers to keep each of these lists up to date. Preferably, the task would suit a biblioblogger, but we welcome anybody who is interested.

If you would like to help, please email biblioblogtop50 [at]!

Featured Blogger Interviews ( now archived at Biblioblog Top 50

Mark Hoffmann recently noted on Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog that the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine had archived the “Featured Blogger Interviews” from the now defunct (Brandon Wason, John Hobbins and Jim West).

As these will undoubtedly be of interest to many biblical studies bloggers and their readers, and for ease of access, these are now archived here at the Biblioblog Top 50.

See: Featured Blogger Interviews

See also:
Mark Goodacre, “ still defunct,” June 26, 2013
Mark Goodacre, “The joy of failed predictions,” June 26, 2013

The List of Biblical Studies Carnivals: Please Have a Browse!

We have recently updated the List of Biblical Studies Carnivals.

The Biblical Studies Carnival is a monthly carnival showcasing the best of blog posts in the area of academic biblical studies. It commenced in March 2005, with Joel Ng’s carnival (archived on The Biblioblog Top 50), was revived by Tyler Williams for the month of January 2006, and – with the odd hiatus – has continued ever since. The latest Carnival, covering the month of May 2013, was the 88th Biblical Studies Carnival.

Please do have  a browse of this excellent resource.