Well, here it is—the Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2017! This is my first time to host the revered BSC, so I hope you enjoy yourself so immensely that you’ll sign up to host your yourself. If you’d like to host a carnival, you can email Phil Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or send him a DM on Twitter @plong42. No one has signed up thus far, so prime real estate is still available! I’m pretty sure if you sign up, you’ll receive something invaluable, such as the esteem and praise of your peers, a boost in blog traffic, maybe even a puppy, or if you’re Jim West, a cat.
Upcoming Biblical Studies Carnivals
If you have links you’d like to see included in future carnvivals, send the links to the hosts below.
- October 2017 (November 1) – Doug Chaplin, http://www.dougchaplin.uk/, @dougchaplin
- November 2017 (December 1) – Jim West, @drjewest, http://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/.
- December 2017 (January 1) – Jennifer Guo, @jenniferguo, http://jenniferguo.wordpress.com/ email@example.com
Carly Crouch writes about the ethics of war in ancient Israel and Assyria here.
In light of the 2017 solar eclipse, Claude Mariottini writes about solar eclipses in the OT here.
William Ross shares some recently discovered correspondence from H. B. Swete here.
LXX scholar Anneli Aejmelaeus shares her experience of being a female scholar in a male-dominant field.
Phil Long continues his series on apocrypha and pseudepigrapha with posts on Jubilees (why Jubilees was written, the law in Jubilees, story in expansions), The Life of Adam and Eve, The Apocalypse of Adam and Eve, and Joseph and Aseneth (including how Joseph got his wife).
Listen to Chris Heilig’s interview with N. T. Wright here.
Read Charles Isbell’s article on Paul and Judaism here.
Should you read Revelation? Of course! And Ian Paul provides a few reasons why here.
Check out the slides from Rachel and Mike Aubrey’s presentation for the Tyndale House Greek Prepositions Workshop here.
Everyone’s favorite Aussie Mike Bird shares his 12 theses (=major themes) of the catholic epistles here and does so without damaging any church doors.
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) has recently digitized ten Gospels manuscripts from the National Library of Greece. Read about it here.
Brant Pitre discusses the problem of the Lord’s Supper here.
Larry Hurtado discusses the issue of Galatians and the Jerusalem collection here.
Michael Heiser briefly discusses geography and hell here.
Listen to an interview with Doug Campbell here.
Craig Keener briefly discusses the difficult Matt 23:38–39 here.
Brian small adds more articles to his ever-expanding pool of Hebrews studies.
Phil Long discusses Paul’s Jewish heritage here.
Read the interesting series of articles over at Mosaic concerning the alleged corruption of the discipline of biblical studies. Joshua Berman begins the conversation and, in turn, Jon Levensen, David Carr, Craig Bartholomew, and Benjamin Sommer offer responses. Marc Brettler weighs in as does Michael Kok here and here. Joshua Berman offers the final word.
Eerdmans authors share their tips on writing here.
PhD students face many hardships in the course of their studies, one of which is maintaining good mental health.
Bruce J. Malina passed away on August 17. May he rest in peace.
In case you’re still wondering about those lead codices, read a comprehensive report here.
Read about the discovery of Hittite bullae here.
Read John Meade’s thoughts on the relationship of manuscripts and the canonization of texts here.
Practice your academic German by reading an excerpt of text with translation of Torsten Jantsch’s Jesus, der Retter: Die Soteriologie des lukanischen Doppelwerks here.
Keep up your Latin with daily lessons at LatinPerDiem!
Jim West alerts us to Bultmann’s proclivities for correspondence here!
James Tauber has a visualization of Greek letter bigram frequencies here.
Book Reviews and Reflections/Thoughts
The ever-erudite Mike Aubrey provides readers with a supplement to his three-part review of Stan Porter’s Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament: Studies in Tools, Methods, and Practice (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015). For some context, read parts 1, 2, and 3.
Larry Hurtado offers some thoughts on Paul Fredriksen’s new book Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle here.
Pete Enns reflects on Marten Hengel’s classic Crucifixion here.
Jim West lets us know about a series of OT study guides from Bloomsbury here.
Some guy wants to trade a book here.
Check out the forthcoming Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible from Hendrickson.
Will Brown reviews The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions here.
Phil Long reviews Jon Laansma and Randall Gauthier’s The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Greek Verbs here.
Get a free e-book from de Gruyter here. It’s Writing Matters: Presenting and Perceiving Monumental Inscriptions in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, ed. by Berti, Irene / Bolle, Katharina / Opdenhoff, Fanny / Stroth, Fabian.
- Angel Veneration and Christology: A Study in Early Judaism and in the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. Loren T. Struckenbruck. Baylor, 2017. $39.95
- Angelmorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence. Charles A. Gieschen. Baylor, 2017. $39.95
- Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek. Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer. Baker, 2017. $19.99
- Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus. Fortress, 2017. $39
- Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle. Paula Fredriksen. Yale: 2017. $35
Mahlon Smith writes about the SBL GNT app (for Android) here.
Get Die Bible—Einheitsübersetzung 2017 for your iPhone here.
If you’re an academic and/or student, get the Logos 7 engine for free here.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your jaunt through this month’s carnival. Hopefully, everyone was kind to you and you found something that made the stop worthwhile. Blessings to you!