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Biblical Studies Carnival

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 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.

Hebrew Bible/Hebrew
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.

Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha
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).

New Testament/Greek
James Tauber continues his jaunt through Greek morphology with part 10 here. Parts 11, 12, 13, 14, . He also has a Greek vocab site that you might enjoy. Check it out here.

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.

James Snapp points out a few “cracks” in the NA28 here and 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.

August Releases

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!

Biblical Studies, Software, Technology

BibleWorks 10

Like many of you, I’ve used Bible software for many years in numerous iterations–eSword, Bible Navigator, Libronix, Logos, Accordance, BibleWorks, et al. Each has their strengths and weaknesses and each one’s usefulness boils down to your purpose for using it and your personal preferences for an interface.

For me, I have preferred BibleWorks since I first began using it at version 7. I upgraded to version 8, but did not upgrade to version 9. When I found out I would be receiving a review copy of BW10, I was quite giddy. Well, it arrived in the mail yesterday and I am eager to install, customize, and use it! Since I didn’t upgrade to version 9, the jump from 8 to 10 should be quite noticeable.

11350457_10152778181276502_4666262690007985017_nOnce I’ve used it a while and have familiarized myself with the changes, I’ll post a review. Until then, happy researching!

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Biblical Studies, Greco-Roman World, Technology

Loeb Digital

As many of you know, the digital Loeb Classical Library was unleashed a few months ago and I am here to say it’s been a marvelous aid in research! While I generally prefer physical books to their digital counterparts, having access to the Loeb volumes with a few mouse clicks has been a dream! I am fortunate enough to access LCL through my school’s subscription, so I have taken advantage. Combing through volumes of ancient literature has never been so easy!

So, just a short PSA (and brief break from finishing my last paper for the semester) on the wondrous achievement that is the digital Loeb Classical Library–take advantage if you can!

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Blogs, Technology

I Can See Clearly Now

If you aren’t aware, I am a big fan of Evernote. I use it to keep up with notes for research papers, book reviews, and other miscellaneous note-taking tasks. I was browsing their web site recently looking for something and I decided to check out some of their other products. One in particular looked interesting–it’s called Clearly. I would count myself among those of you who despise cluttered, ad-festooned web sites, particularly when it’s a blog (I’m looking at you BeliefNet and Patheos). I want to read the post without my inner consumerist impulses being constantly barraged with ads. 

 Enter Clearly. Clearly, at least for now, is only available for Chrome (which is really the only browser you need anyway). When you click on the icon (which is installed as an extension), it removes all the junk and leaves only the text you’ve clicked to read in the first place.
Before Clearly
After Clearly
As you can see, it does a nice job of cleaning up the page so it is much less distracting. Perhaps most folks don’t notice all the other stuff, but I do and sometimes hinders the reading process. Thank you, Evernote, for making it possible to read things more Clearly!
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Heaven Help Us!

From the fount of ever-flowing confusion and hilarity that is Bible Students Say… comes this gem. Oh Heaven help us!

“We should be studying theologians like David Jeremiah, John Hagee, Perry Stones, T.D. Jakes, Franklin Graham, and Ed Young Jr…Each of these men have made great contributions to society and globally. These men should also be looked upon and studied.”

If you aren’t following @BibleStdntsSay on Twitter, you really should. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, you’ll break out your sackcloth and ashes and there may be gnashing of teeth. It’s that good!

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Translation Format

Hoping someone out there can help me out. I want to format my translation work differently, but I’m not sure if I can do it the way I want. Using the two-column format, I have the Greek on the left (or Hebrew, German, etc.) and the English translation on the right. As you know, using columns can be a bit frustrating because the two sides don’t line up perfectly. I would like to have it so that the text in the left column, when it comes to the end of the page, would continue on to the next page rather than into the second column. Then, I could put the translation into the right column the same way.

Again, I don’t know if this is possible, but if you could tell me how to make it work I would be grateful. Thanks in advance!

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Books, Technology

Read the Bible for Life

George Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life is a book I’ve considered reading and leading our Sunday night study through in the near future. As a part of some promotional materials I received the other day, I’ve got two codes that can be redeemed at for Guthrie’s book. If you’ve already registered and use MyStudyBible, then just redeem the code and start reading; otherwise, you’ll have to sign up first. Just for clarification, this is a DIGITAL read only–it can’t be downloaded.

If you’re interested, let me know.

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