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 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.

Updates to The Complete List of Biblioblogs

The Complete List of Biblioblogs, which lists every blog whose primary interest is academic biblical studies, has been updated on The Biblioblog Top 50. We regret that the list had not been sufficiently updated over the last two years and we are now seeking to restore it as a useful tool for biblical studies bloggers and their users.

If you are aware of any blogs which should be added to the list, or any other changes which should be made, please email biblioblogtop50 [at]

For users’ convenience, the top 20 and top 50 biblioblogs are indicated beside each relevant biblical studies blog. Rankings will be revised quarterly, and will take into account the biblical studies content and the impact and popularity of the blog (i.e. applying standard X Factor rules, mutatis mutandis). The first quarterly update will take place for the quarter ending 30 June 2013.

American South Totally Dominates New Testament Biblioblogging

We recently analyzed the locations at which bibliobloggers taught and studied. The study revealed that more than a quarter of bibliobloggers were from the American South. But when we examine New Testament bibliobloggers, the results are even more startling. The American South totally dominates New Testament Biblioblogging. A staggering 2 out of 5 worldwide New Testament bibliobloggers are based down South. On a U.S. basis, 2 out of 3 American New Testament bibliobloggers are from the South.

We encourage comments as to how this may impact on the nature of New Testament biblioblogging overall.

New Testament Bibliobloggers

New Testament Bibliobloggers

This entry was posted on April 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm and is filed under Biblioblog News. You can follow any responses to this entry through theRSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

11 Responses to “American South Totally Dominates New Testament Biblioblogging”

  1. Brandon W said

    April 22, 2009 at 8:39 pmThis is incredibly interesting. I guess there’s a lot going on here in the South! :-)

  2. Brian Small said

    April 22, 2009 at 10:13 pmYour statistics are somewhat misleading since you only consider where people are currently living and not where they originally came from. I am not originally from the south, but from New York, for example.

  3. Biblioblogtop50 said

    April 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm“Misleading”? We explicitly described the statistics as analyzing “the locations at which bibliobloggers taught and studied.” That explained precisely what we meant by bibliobloggers being “from” the American South.

    One might “misunderstand” that, but that’s different from being “misled,” isn’t it?

  4. Danielandtonya said

    April 23, 2009 at 1:31 amSo what happened to the South Africa piece of the pie?

  5. Polycarp said

    April 23, 2009 at 6:24 amKind sirs, if you would direct me to which section you included the great State of West Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia (am I the only Appalachian biblioblogger?). Yes, dear friends, we do have computers.

    Otherwise, I find it interesting that the American South is so represented, considering the less than ‘E’nvangelical voices which I read.

  6. Biblioblogtop50 said

    April 23, 2009 at 8:33 pmWest Virginia is South. You disagree? Pronounce “cooking oil” for me (a phonetic response might be required).

  7. Danielandtonya said

    April 25, 2009 at 3:14 pmIn Texas its, /cu-kin oy-yul/

    In South Africa, /cooh-king ul/

  8. Polycarp said

    April 25, 2009 at 4:24 pmI have spent the better part of two days trying to pronounce it – I reckon it’s /cu-kin oll/

  9. Biblioblogtop50 said

    April 25, 2009 at 4:32 pmPolycarp – that’s South.

    Daniel and Tonya – For Texas, you’re using a lot of unnecessary syllables in oil, compared to up West Virginia way.

  10. Danielandtonya said

    April 26, 2009 at 3:53 pmWe also unnecessarily say edumacation.

  11. Mark said

    June 12, 2009 at 7:33 amMaybe we should call it bubbablogging.