Wednesday 1 December 2021

Biblical Studies Carnival number 189

Biblical Studies Carnival

4*4*4 + 5*5*5 = 6*6*6 - 3*3*3 = 189

Via Claude M


Shmuel Klitsner on What did Anah find in the wilderness? 
Naomi Graetz on The Dinah story.
Erin Darby searches out the role of teraphim and finds the stories are a polemic against the northern tribes.
Meira Kensky on Jacob at the Jabbok, 'breaking the fourth wall'.

Via Jim Davila, shades of the remnants of giants, Mika Ahuvia on Angels in ancient Judaism.

Claude Mariottini begins a series on Exodus.

Bosco Peters shares some tol'dot videos here. (Suitable for children learning Biblical Hebrew.)


Nolan Lebovitz on how the women saw when the men were blind, and the heroine plays a crucial role in each succession narrative of covenant or royal line.

Hoffman on Holy. Rachel Barenblatt, the Velveteen Rabbi, on generational integrity. Via Jim Davila, Erez Ben-Yosef on King David. Bob MacDonald on Habakkuk and the NRSV and a follow-up. Claude on Malachi. (And Bob is offering a free e-book on Jonah.)


Steffen Jenkins traces the exegetical search for coherence in the shape of the Psalter to the second century C.E. He doesn't mention this publication from 1888 that emerged from Academia this month. (It takes a while to find things sometimes.)

(From 1888) We would plead, therefore, with our modern critics to grant to the psalmists and prophets of the Old Testament a little more intelligence and insight into their own utterances than they seem inclined to allow them.

Two potentially significant reviews of books on the Psalms emerged towards the end of the month, Discovering Psalms: Content, Interpretation, Reception by Jerome Creach, and Psalms, Book 4-5 by Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford.

via Jim Davila, the output of the 2019 international SBL conference in Rome on the formation of the Hebrew Psalter.

David Koyzis cites Diarmaid MacCulloch on the secret weapon of the reformation. He also points out a site on the psalms from Brazil Comissão Brasileira de Salmodia. And he has a question which some reader may be able to answer for him: Psalms and Proverbs: why?

Pete Enns on Our (Weird) Heavens and Psalms 19. And another stimulus for Psalms 19, Calvin DeWitt - the wonder of carbon.

Jim Davila points out a note buried in Todd Bolen's weekend roundup on Susa.

George Athas in conversation with John Dickson on the intertestamental period, transcript here, book soon to come in 2022. George suggests that the book of the 12, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, even Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs were written in this not-silent period. A post related to aspects of Biblical vs Modern Hebrew here is not inconsistent with his thesis.

Lawrence M. Wills on the lead up to Chanukah in the Book of Daniel.

New Testament


Triangulation on a torus

David Gowler reviews Zimmermann’s single-authored book, Puzzling the Parables of Jesus.

Jacob Prahlow theologizes on forgiveness in Matthew.

Phillip Long has background on the gates of hell in reference to "the hostility the disciples will face once they begin their mission" and on binding and loosing in reference to Torah. Also many other informative posts like this one on the transfiguration.

Ian Paul on the Gospel of God and temporal puzzles in Mark.
Andrew Perriman reports from SBL on the Apocalyptic Symbolism of Mark 8:38 and (not) the Final Reign of God.

Bosco Peters continues lectio divina on Mark in Slow Motion.
Bart Ehrman, a guest post by Douglas Wadeson on Jesus as healer
James McGrath wants to know your opinion on triangulating John the Baptist.

Richard Bauckham introduces the distinct aspects of the gospel of Luke

Pete Enns, Willie James Jennings on the Book of Acts and the Acts of the Spirit.
Heather Anne Thiessen on Acts 10.


via Jim Davila, Clint Burnet reviews Emma Wasserman, Apocalypse as Holy War, Divine Politics and Polemics in the Letters of Paul. Related essay from 2020 here.

Emerging from the time of all saints and all souls, Targuman Christian Brady reminds us both to remember and to grieve, but not without hope. 
Brian Howell begins a series of posts on the body.
Marg Mowczko on 'authority over' on account of the angels.

Jacob Prahlow begins a series on Justin Martyr and the reception of Paul's letters 100 years after his time.

Bart Ehrman has an interesting look at judgment and mercy with respect to the Petrine traditions. "It is striking that even though 2 Peter was scarcely known during the first three Christian centuries, let alone revered, it became part of Scripture, whereas the Apocalypse of Peter, which was both better known and revered, disappeared into oblivion.  Understanding this reversal of fortunes will shed some light on the textual problem of Apocalypse of Peter 14, which, in its oldest form, indicated that at the end Christ will deliver all sinners from their torments in hell." Not very often that 2 Peter figures in a carnival.

Brian Small, notes that 'this post is late', so I have put him into this month's carnival. His content pulls in an essay on supercessionism by Jesper Svartvik. Also via Brian, Jonathan Rowlands reviews Jamieson's Jesus' Death and Heavenly Offering in Hebrews.

In A Jewish Apocalyptic Framework of Eschatology in the Epistle to the Hebrews, Jihye Lee 

"argues that a version of an Urzeit-Endzeit eschatological framework - as observed in some Jewish apocalyptic texts - provides a plausible background against which the arguments of Hebrews are most comprehensively explained."

Apocalypse via HAT
James Tabor points out a post from Scribes of the Kingdom on Jesus and God.

Heather Anne Thiessen on "God as a rock star" in the Apocalypse

Andrew Perriman draws lessons from the Biblical record and present day threats in an essay: Societal collapse, deep adaptation, and an agenda for mission. 

Ian Paul invites comments on the crisis of Climate change.

Journals, Archaeology, Books, Bibles, Billet-Doux

Phil Long reviews A New English Translation of Strack and Billerbeck, Commentary on the Talmud, ed. Jacob N. Cerone, trans. Joseph Longarino. "Using Strack and Billerbeck can enhance one’s understanding of the Jewish background to Jesus, Paul, and the rest of the New Testament. But it is a tool which may lead to unintentional consequences and misreading the Rabbinic literature." Jim Davila seconds this warning here.

Mike Bird and Andrew Judd #5, meaning, on 7 things I wish people knew about the Bible.

Bart Ehrman begins a series on why he likes the NRSV.
Doug Chaplin, on faith and science, a section from Augustine

Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions. 

breaking the tablets.
Gustave Doré

Noted by Vincent S Artale, Jonathan Orr-Stav announces the SimHebrew Bible, The Hebrew Bible in Simulated Hebrew – with English Guide.

Kelsie G. Rodenbiker on The Claromontanus Stichometry and its Canonical Implications.

Medieval Manuscripts blog shows images of the Floreffe Bible from 1170 CE.

Peter Gurry on Translation of the Seventy, History, Reception, and Contemporary Use of the Septuagint by Edmond Gallagher.

Bosco Peters on time and tenses in Biblical Hebrew.

Learn how to say thank-you in ancient Babylonian.

Jim West reviews Takamitsu Muraoka Why Read the Bible in the Original Languages. Lots from him on thanksgiving too (and in a time of plague) beginning here.

Phillip Long reviews Jacob Cerone and Matthew Fisher, Daily Scriptures: 365 Readings in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

A three-legged stool

Bosco Peters muses on Thomas Hooker.

Natan Offenbacher on the tension between Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism.

Todd Bolen links to the now open road up to the temple mount.

Jim Davila on the Timna Valley excavation and Khirbet Qeiyafa and the 10th century BCE.

Elementary Sumerian
Irving Finkel via Livius Drusus delivers a lecture From Laundry Lists to Liturgy, The origins of Writing in Ancient Mesopotamia - beginning with an image from Iraq, a mound, where tablets, like potatoes, grow in the ground. Imagine a museum as a sausage, freeing the phoneme from the subject matter. - Watch the whole thing! - lots of wedge issues, and a few bite marks. 
Hilda of Whitby

Malcolm Guite on Hilda of Whitby, a patron of poetry - and a sonnet for thanksgiving.

Jim Davila on the Ascension of Isaiah here and here.

James McGrath wants you to know about the Mandaeans.

Peter Gurry and John Meade launched a new website for textual criticism, the Text and Canon Institute.

Ian Paul interviews Andy Judd on interpretations.

Matt Page notes the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Bible on Film.

Jim Davila points out Andrei Orlov's Embodiment of Divine Knowledge in Early Judaism.

Whether you pay well or not, you can read Bart Ehrman on Herod's big toe and other ailments.

Bart also reflects without constraint on thanksgiving and guilt.

Ayrton is celebrating 22 years online at Observatório Bíblico, Blog sobre estudos acadêmicos da Bíblia. He notes a book by Auth: Introduction to the Study of Second Testament Literary Forms: The Word of God in Human Language. São Paulo: Paulinas, 2021

Christian Brady announces an invitation for papers on the Targums for the international SBL in Salzburg in 2022.

Rabba Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz on 2 and 4 Maccabees and Evolving responses to Hellenism.

The Tyndale House Bulletin has been open access since October 2021. A list of active open access journals noted by ASOR this month is here. Ekaterini G. Tsalampouni notes the current issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies here. James McGrath likes the one by Rebecca Raphael on Sacred Semantics, or Ships and Sanctuaries.

Pete Enns, the podcast #189, on the slings and arrows thrown at 'faith on autopilot' closes this 189th carnival.

In Memoriam

Via Jim Davila, Shaul Shaked.
From the Westar Institute, John Shelby Spong. And follow the links for more.
From Malcolm Guite, C.S. Lewis.

Future Carnivals
Phillip Long will host the Biblical Studies Carnival #190 on his site, Reading Acts. He is taking reservations for 2022 carnivals, (what will be the most intriguing number?) so if you would like to host a carnival, contact him via email, plong42 at or DM on twitter (plong42).

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