[Matthew Crowe, A Fistful of Farthings, March 3, 2011, original URL: http://afistfuloffarthings.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/february-2011-biblical-studies-carnival/]
February 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival
Welcome to the Carnival! Here is a list of links to the “best of the best” biblioblog posts from last month (who am I kidding…it’s really anything I found interesting). Let the games begin!
John Hobbins discussed divine and human agency in the book of Exodus.
Philip Davies briefly discussed Psalm 137.
John Hobbins discussed the primacy of faith in Genesis 22.
Claude Mariottini concluded his study of Amos.
John Hobbins linked to a 90 minute outline in a course called “The Bible and Current Events” here, here, here, here, here, and here. *whew* He provided links for courses on the Bible and slavery, disabilities, abortion, and suicide.
Joel Watts interacted with scholarship on the subject of dating Deuteronomy.
Tim Bulkeley started a series on Yahweh’s command to exterminate the Canaanites. Discussion ensued (naturally) and Gavin Rumney replied. Tim continued his discussion in part 2, examining 1 Sam. 15. John Hobbinsresponded.
John Hobbins interacted with Michael Horton regarding justification.
Claude Mariottini posted about Hannah and her sacrifice.
Duane Smith examined the command for Lot’s wife not to look back in light of Mesopotamian medicine and divination.
Seth Rodriquez discussed ANE slinging techniques.
Michael Barber asked if Sirach was part of Scripture in Judaism.
Peter Enns made an analogy between the parables of Jesus and the tools of an artist.
Kevin Brown doubted that Jude is “early Catholic” but that it has a Jewish-Christian “apocalyptic worldview.”
Ken Schenck, using George Ladd and C. H. Dodd as examples, reminded us that historical Jesus research is often guided by the theological circumstances of the scholars involved.
James McGrath continued to blog about mythicism. He asked if some forms of mythicism are inherently self-contradictory. Tom Verenna responded, as didNeil Godfrey. McGrath interacted with their responses here. Both Verenna andGodfrey responded again.
Bill Heroman suggested a different explanation for the background of the tax issue in Matt. 22 and Mark 12.
Daniel Kirk reasoned that Jesus had his own faith, not only to be human, but that we may also be truly human.
Jim West observed that Bart Ehrman is a boring deceiver. Similar disdain for Ehrman has even brought two rival bloggers into agreement here and here (it was the month of love, what can I say? ). Bob Cargill, however, took issuewith the “Ehrman Project” and Doug Chaplin commented.
Speaking of “Erhman Antagonists” (or should it be protagonists?), Dan Wallacereported the presence of the Comma Johhanneum in an overlooked manuscript.
Larry Hurtado commented on a study that assessed the textual stability of NT documents.
Joel Watts discussed the nationalism symbolized in palm branches as seen in Revelation and intertestamental literature.
Matthew Malcolm pondered the reason for Jesus anger with the leprous man (Mark 1:40-45). While Matthew treated the passage contextually, John Byronlooked at it text-critically. Malcolm also had a word to say about epilepsy and demon possession in antiquity.
Bill Heroman expressed interest in Quirinius, census controversy notwithstanding. He also outlined the history between the testaments from Gabriel’s appearance to Daniel to Gabriel’s appearance to Zechariah.
Regarding Quirinius, John Byron critiqued Darrell Bock’s handling of the census problem.
Daniel Kirk questioned categorizing “Abba” as an intimate term, preferring to classify it as “cruciform royalty.”
James McGrath published an article on the ending of Mark in The Bible and Interpretation.
Michael Bird posted an excerpt from an upcoming book of his (does he write in his sleep?), discussing the variant in Mark 1:1.
Bill Heroman taught a good lesson regarding the “Wannabe Non-Leader” Tiberius, the Scooby Doo of antiquity (or was that Claudius? Or Josephus?).
Matthew Malcolm compared Dio Chrysostom’s picture of Corinth with Paul’s.
Brian LePort said “caught up together” (1 Thess. 4:17) does not refer to the popular idea of the “Rapture.” Joel Watts posted similar thoughts. Matthew Malcolm suggested that discussing what happens after the “meeting in the air” may be more profitable than immediately denying the rapture. Jim West linked to a video “debunking” the Rapture.
Bill Heroman shed light on Josephus’ statements about the date of Herod’s commencement to build the Temple.
Daniel Kirk “surprised” us with a post about Jesus, the unlikely Messiah, and thetrue firstborn Son.
Bill Heroman provided links to videos of Richard Bauckham on the Gospels as History.
Jeremiah Bailey suggested that Ignatius’ Letter to the Philadelphians contains an early conflict between Spirit and Scripture.
Rod Decker provided a cross-reference table for the old and new reference systems for the Shepherd of Hermas.
Kevin Brown briefly critiqued the invocation of the saints in prayer.
Mark Stevens pondered why so many Christians are “disenfranchised with church.”
After the Super Bowl, Steve Wiggins reflected on the religion of sports.
Brian LePort, quoting Barth, questioned the need for apologetics. He alsorethought (or is rethinking still ) how to read Scripture as it relates to Christian theology and how theology relates to the church. Later he blogged about assuming the truth of Scripture.
Daniel Kirk questioned the rising tide of secularism.
On the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, Rodney Thomas posted several quotes (with his own commentary) from the famous leader and noticed a connection between him and the Tea Party (some references to the Sermon on the Mount led me to group this post here).
Pat Roach asked if apostasy could be a sign of a healthy church.
Jeremy Thompson shared a video that illustrates the common abuse of the doctrine of retribution.
Daniel Kirk commented on a summary report by Christianity Today of a Pew Study that indicated how Evangelicals view the national budget. The findings are not incredibly surprising (Kirk’s reaction was a little surprising ) but they are certainly scary. Or sickening. Both, really.
Larry Hurtado was reminded of a book published 45 years ago, The Wrath of Heaven by Calvin R. Schoonhoven, that challenged popular conceptions of Heaven and, as far as Hurtado knows, has not been refuted or adequately noticed.
Michael Barber posted an interview he did in which he argued that archaeology is not an enemy of faith.
Quoting Brevard Childs, Brian LePort blogged on the function of a normative canon.
Doug Chaplin doubted the perspicuity of the Scriptures.
There were A LOT of posts about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins and Joel did a great job linking to them (why invent the wheel here?).
Language, Translation, etc.
Daniel Kirk nicely illustrated the objective genitive vs subjective genitive debate in Gal. 2:16.
Mark Goodacre pointed out a useful video on accenting biblical Greek.
T.C. Robinson pondered if Dynamic Equivalence may occasionally avoid confusion.
Daniel Kirk asked some pertinent questions regarding how to translate “Son of God” for a Muslim audience.
Ben Myers offered some personal remarks on the KJV and its 400th anniversary.
Daniel Kirk gave some good tips for using Greek in research.
Mike Aubrey asked if exegesis should be the “end goal” of grammatical research.
Rod Decker contrasted the frequency of passive verbs with a stated agent in classical and koine Greek.
In light of the controversy surrounding Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, John Byron asked related questions about how we should handle archaisms in the Bible.
Dirk Jongkind noted a scribe with a very long life.
Darrell Pursiful gave his notes on a talk about the history of the English Bible.
Rod Decker started compiling a list of verbs with first and second aorist forms.
Matthew Malcom took a poll to find if learning culture aided learning that culture’s language, provided some thoughts of his own on the issue, and then explained how he implements this in the classroom.
The LSJ Greek-English lexicon is now online and, even better, free!
Robert Holmstedt applied textual criticism and linguistic principles to Lev. 1:17and then presented a solution for the textual variant in that verse. John Cook argued for the relevance of diachronic linguistics in biblical Hebrew to which Ian Young responded, as did John Hobbins.
Kevin Brown concluded his review of Maurice Casey’s Jesus of Nazareth.
Shaun Tabatt reviewed several neat-looking activity books for children (ages 4-7) by Catherine Mackenzie in the “What God Says” series here, here, here, andhere. With our son Amos on the way, stuff like this catches my eye!
Larry Hurtado responded to Christopher Tuckett’s review of his book, The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins.
Kevin Brown critiqued C. S. Lewis’ faulty trilemma.
Claude Mariottini reviewed Jennifer Knust’s Unprotected Texts.
Nick Norelli reviewed Pennington’s Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew, Siecienski’s The Filioque: History of a Doctrinal Controversy, and Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. He also filled us in on somebook making terminology.
Michael Barber also reviewed Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.
Tommy Wasserman posted links to reviews of Houghton’s Augustine’s Text of John.
Nick Norelli reviewed Leithart’s Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture.
James McGrath and Nick Norelli reviewed Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.
Michael Bird relayed the announcement of the University of the Highlands and Islands being granted university status.
Jim West noted that some devotional books by Andrew Murray are available at CCEL.
Jim West said that the tomb of Zechariah may have been found…or maybe not.
Mark Goodacre linked to a BBC4 program(me) on Ancient Bibles. It is not available in my area but, hey, perhaps it will work for you (is Alabama on the BBC blacklist? I smell conspiracy!). He also informed us that two of William Wrede’s books are available online.
Brian Fulthrop lost nearly all his books due to toxic mold. The biblioblogosphere showed itself to be a community indeed by spreading the word about Brian’s situation. Won’t you help him restore part of his library by sending him a book on his wish list?
NT scholar Alan F. Segal died after a long illness. Larry Hurtado reflected on his friendship and scholarship.
Logos 4 users are able to download the NIV 2011 at no cost, provided that they have the old NIV.
Michael Bird announced The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism.
Daniel Kirk mourned the deaths of two Fuller Seminary alumni who were killed by Somali pirates.
Brian LePort provided links to a series lectures by Richard Hays on “Reading Scripture Alongside the Gospel Writers.”
Tom Verenna gave us a much needed glimpse of the humanity and solidarity in the Egyptian revolution.
Joel Watts wished Dietrich Bonhoeffer a happy birthday, commenting on Bonhoeffer’s espionage in WWII. Brian LePort questioned Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom as his legacy while Rodney Thomas reviewed his Ethics and noticedthat Bonhoeffer’s life shows racial reconciliation is possible. Andy Rowell linkedto several book reviews of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas.
Rodney Thomas started a fun meme: CCM Praise Sons We Have Trouble With.
Marc Cortez shared his thoughts on the impossibility of theological education.
Jim West said that people should not give God a chance. For reals.
T. C. Robinson said he’s giving Francis Chan another shot.
Ben Myers gave some encouragement from the past on why scholars should not give up on their jobs.
Darrell Pursiful explained via video why the best pastors start out in children’s ministry. The priest should’ve told the kid that Jesus WAS a shapeshifter…just read John 20!
Nick Norelli pondered the salvation of various superheroes. I would add that Captain Planet’s immodest little speedo is also sending him straight to the torments of gehenna.
Jason Staples provoked thought in his multi-post series on the Civil War between the Church and the gay community.
T.C. Robinson gave some handy tips for preventing blogging burnout.
Marc Cortez provided an interesting graphic that maps the spread of the printing press in 1450-1500.
Bob Cargill showed us the things they don’t teach children in Sunday school (WARNING: you may pee your pants when you view this).
Jim Linville showed us a side of Jim West we’ve never seen.
Eisenbrauns had their annual Ancient Near Eastern Valentine Contest with some interesting entries. James “Casanova” McGrath took first place with his Mandaean Valentine song.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, John Byron blogged about the ol’ Saint himself.
Jim West linked to Paul Anderson’s reading guide for the Gospel of John in preparation for Easter.
Bill Heroman (who, incidentally, has the coolest last name ever, though I’m probably mispronouncing it) reminded Christian shepherds that “their” sheep are not their sheep.
Ken Schenck gave us a nice reminder about the dangers of ideological isolation.
Jim West commented on the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther, whom he called a “drunken devil.” A website called What Would Jesus Brew (witty, I must say) examined beer in the letter of Martin Luther. Someone (not who you think!) recommended this book on the subject.
Marc Cortez informed us of a smartphone app that creates bibliographic citations by taking a picture of books’ barcodes.
Rodney Thomas compared several bibliobloggers to the cast of NBC’sCommunity.
Rachel Evans invited ministers to tell the truth…about a lot.
Mark Stevens suggested that topical preaching is an abomination.
At the end of Black History Month, John Byron gave a tribute to African American biblical scholars.
Christian Brady passed along 10 Reasons History Will Forget You.
Doug Chaplin advocated honesty in funerals.
Rodney Thomas wrote a letter to his Catholic friends.
Logos Bible Software posted an interview with N.T. Wright concerning “digital tools for Bible study, the importance of original language study, his favorite books and authors, and a whole lot more.”
Christopher Hays told Christians to calm down (HT Daniel Kirk). Kevin DeYoung provided twelve marks of a contentious person. Brian LePort suggested that some Christians are “only happy when it rains.”
Rod Decker linked to an illustrated guide to a Ph.D.
Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Next up to host the carnival: Darrell Pursiful on April 1.
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