Welcome to the November 2006 edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival! Thanks to all who have written such stimulating blog posts and to all who submitted posts for inclusion.
There have been several posts this month related to online search tools of various kinds. JPS (Idle Musings of a Bookseller) noted the new Google custom search, sparking Danny Zacharias (Deinde) and Tim Bulkeley (SansBlogue) to create their own larger search engines. Check out Deinde’s search and SansBlogue’s search, and then read Tim’s comments on the comparison.
Also this month, Chris Tilling (Chrisendom) noted the new Index Theologicus, an index to theological journal literature developed by the University of Tübingen. And be sure to see Zack Hubert’s invitation (Zhubert.com) to add his Bible Browser to your website.
Stephen Cook (Biblische Ausbildung) produced a series of posts sparked by Peter Enns’ Inspiration and Incarnation, in which he engaged the question of myth in the Hebrew Bible: part one – part two – part three. Chris Heard (Higgaion) posted part 14 (!) of his extended review of Simcha Jacobovici’s The Exodus Decoded; he has links to all the previous parts at the bottom of that post. And rounding out posts on the Torah, Jeremy Pierce (Parableman) posted a useful summary of various commentaries on Numbers.
Moving into the Prophets, Kevin Edgecomb argued on Biblicalia that the “Disobedience and Exile” motif “should not be considered evidence of a Deuteronomistic source, but only rather of a prophetic understanding of history that was shared by many cultures over many centuries.” Claude Mariottini, in “Yahweh and Other Gods,” provided a helpful description of the various gods mentioned in the Old Testament, with a promise of more to come related to Israel’s henotheism. Chris Heard critiqued the TNIV’s translation of some passages in Isaiah and Jeremiah, including the famous Isaiah 7:14 text. Stephen Cook continued his series on “Life after Death” in ancient Yahwism with several posts: just click on the latest post to move back through previous ones in the series. And in a more general vein, The Miner at Mined Splatterings offered “10 Propositions on Violence in the Old Testament.”
The Writings were not left off the charts this month, with two helpful contributions by Tyler Williams (Codex): “A Form-Critical Classification of the Psalms according to Hermann Gunkel,” and “The Costly Loss of Lament for the Church.”
The New Testament
A good place to start this month’s highlights related to the New Testament and early Christianity is James Crossley’s series at Earliest Christian History on “Why Christianity Happened,” summarizing the chapters of his book by the same name: so far part one – part two – part three – part four. Another item of general interest related to the New Testament and early Christianity was Alan Segal’s post at The Busybody on “Some Social Dimensions of Life after Death.” And Peter Head’s question at Evangelical Textual Criticism on the number of letters in each of the Greek New Testament books prompted some interesting comments, as well as a separate blog post by Rick Brannan (ricoblog).
Focusing in on the Gospels and Acts, Davide Salomoni posted an extended discussion of Jesus’ self-understanding, as well as a fascinating look at animals in the Synoptic Gospels. Brandon Wason (Novum Testamentum) examined Luke’s use of Socratic tradition in describing the death of Jesus, interacting with Greg Sterling’s 2001 article on the topic. Prompted by Mark Goodacre’s comments at NT Gateway, Stephen Carlson (Hypotyposeis) explored the question of Lukan redaction in Q 6:39a. Richard Anderson (dokeo kago grapho) posted some reflections on “The Amish and the Pharisees” in light of the tragic events in a Pennsylvanian Amish schoolhouse last month. And Chris Price at CADRE Comments examined the argument that Acts is to be understood as an example of ancient novel, in the end finding that argument wanting.
The Pauline epistles were probably the busiest place to be among the biblioblogs in October, and Mark Goodacre was responsible for much of the effort. Mark’s September post on “The Jerusalem Council: Gal. 2.1-10 = Acts 15” drew plenty of comments, enough to prompt Mark to write a “Response to Critics” in October. Mark then continued his discussion of Galatians by honing in on the thesis that Paul lost his battle for the churches in Galatia: see his “Paul’s lack of travel plans,” “Paul’s loss of Galatia I,” and the summary post “Paul’s loss of Galatia II.” These posts in turn sparked posts on other blogs, such as those by Loren Rosson (The Busybody) and Phil Harland (Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean).
Phil Harland also produced some helpful posts on “Paul’s apocalyptic worldview” and “Paul and the Super-apostles at Corinth.” Michael Pahl (the stuff of earth) continued the introduction to his blog commentary on 1 Thessalonians. Over at Better Bibles Blog, Suzanne McCarthy has posted three items so far on “Junia the Apostle” in Romans 16:7: part one – part two – part three. And finally on Paul, Stephen Carlson provided some food for thought on textual criticism and the interpolation theory for 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1.
The Christian Apocrypha
Judas made the blog charts this month. Rick Brannan posted a three-part review of Bart Ehrman’s The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: part one – part two – part three. And Stephen Carlson celebrated three years of Hypotyposeis by listing his ten most popular posts in those three years–most of which are related to the Gospel of Judas. On the Apocrypha more generally, Jim Davila’s report (PaleoJudaica) of the Ottawa Workshop on Christian Apocrypha is worthy of note: part one – part two.
You may want to check out Darrell Pursiful’s “Very Short Commentaries” at Dr. Platypus on all the biblical books (six words each!). And if you haven’t yet seen Richard Rhodes’ walk through a German cartoon as an illustration of the art of translation, be sure to check it out at Better Bibles Blog. By the time it’s funny, you’ve learned something about translation.
Watch for Biblical Studies Carnival XII next month, hosted by the inimitable Jim West. Thanks for stopping by!
- Let me be the first to say that you have done a fantastic job here, Michael. It is greatly appreciated.