Welcome to my Biblical Studies Carnival. It’s my first stroll down the midway and there sure has been a lot to see. Couldn’t catch everything, so I might have to come back another time. I’m assuming you have lots of handy candy from last night’s trick-or-treating. Hope you enjoy the show.
Chilton has some questions about early Christian developments regarding the
“empty tomb” teachings. Based on his recent book, Resurrection
The conventional presentation [empty tomb] has become so prevalent that it needs to be mentioned in order to be set aside because it flies in the face of the fact that “the empty tomb” is a latecomer to the traditions regarding how God raised Jesus from the dead. The resurrection was conceived of as bodily by Jesus’ disciples, but they did not all assert a single origin story, nor did they always conceive of his body in a physical way.
Alex asks: Did the disciples see the son of man coming in his kingdom in AD 70?
From Nijay Gupta. An Interview with Joseph R. Dodson, Co-Editor of Paul and the Giants of Philosophy.
Prof, otherwise known as James McGrath, has
some observations on how modern perspectives from literature and other
sources can mislead us as to how we interpret the bible in the context of its
Heroman has some book notes on the Gospels
An interview with Michael Bird on his collaboration with N. T. Wright for The New Testament in Its World, and the keys to fruitful New Testament study.
Joy? No joy? Dr. Claud Mariottini discusses
translation conflicts with respect to Isaiah 9:3
Another translation question. Bill
Mounce asks, “Was Moses Exposed, Abandoned, or Thrown Out? (Acts 7:19)
Lynne Moss Bahr explores
time concepts in the Jesus stories in light of continental philosophy. She
has a book on the subject.
Over at Zondervan Academic. Who wrote 1, 2,
& 3 John?
Opposition in Corinth in 2 Corinthians from Reading Acts by Phil Long, who has
heroically kept the monthly carnivals going for these many years.
Robert Cargill argues
that Melchizedek of Salem was actually King of Sodom and that Salem was not
a toponym for Jerusalem. Controversial, yes. He also has a book
length study of this and related issues.
Is there a connection between Jesus
and Elisha and leprosy? Brant Pitre at The Sacred Page thinks so. He might
want to consider Luke 4:24-27 in future discussions of the issues he raises
How is disagreement resolved in the
Council of Acts 15? Ian Paul at Psephizo,
Roundup, from Religion
On my blog, I ask, Did God rest on the Seventh Day or the Eighth?
Larry Hurtado discusses 1
Enoch: An Update on Manuscripts and Cautionary Notes on Usage. Also, an exploration
of the differences in how Muslims and Christians do text analysis on the
New Testament and the Qur’an.
Hunt, Harold Idris Bell, and Edward Maunde Thompson on the Date of Codex
Sinaiticus From Brent Nongbri at Variant
Bart Ehrman tells us about “Crazy Things
Textual Scholars Say.” I’m old enough to remember the TV prequel, Kids
Say the Darnedest Things.
At Aeon: An early influential bible critic you probably never have heard of.
in Conflict: Images of the Divine Warrior in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian
Texts, by Scott C. Ryan. From Bible
Evie Gassner asks: How Jewish was
Historian Linda Zollschan Challenges
World Opinion about the Roman Coin inscription “Judaea Recepta.”
the Mystery of the City in Isa 24-27: The Fall of the Assyrian Palace at
“Who built these impressive structures in the seventh century and used them as a base to oversee Judah and its economy? It was a period of major historical and political changes in Judah.”
Mythism debate. Back in 2016, Craig Evans and Richard Carrier debated whether or not Jesus existed. Evans Yea and Carrier Nay. No surprise there. Shortly thereafter, Evans published an assessment of the arguments, which was reprinted in March of 2018. Carrier recently learned of the publication and responded.
Cast the First Stone by Jennifer Knust and Tommy Wasserman. It is widely
accepted among biblical scholars that John’s account of Jesus and the
Adulterous Woman (John 7:53-8:11) was not original to the Fourth Gospel,
although a number of Evangelical text critics disagree. (I don’t say that as a
put down.) At the 2018 SBL annual conference, in a panel discussion of this
work, Bart Ehrman declared that he was sad to report that he had nothing
critical to say about this book and considered it the definitive work on the
story of Jesus and the Adulteress. Many scholars agree, but
not James Snapp, Jr, who provides a lengthy critique.
Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation. H. H. Drake Williams review’s Rick
Brannan’s book. The text focuses on a translation that adheres more closely to
the underlying Greek.
Emperors and the Jews, by Ari Lieberman. Favorably reviewed
by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein.
All shall be Saved by David Bentley Hart.
by Andrew Perriman. (O.K. I admit. I had to look up “magniloquent.” Thought it
was a Disney Princess. Guessed again. Still wrong.)
“I’ve done a couple of posts so far critically reviewing aspects of David Bentley Hart’s magniloquent anti-infernalist treatise That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, & Universal Salvation. My interest has been mainly in his use of the biblical material; I am not convinced that the theological arguments against hell and for universal salvation need to be made.”
Companion to Christian History from Zondervan. Reviewed
by Jim West.
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History by Weston W. Fields. Reviewed by Anthony Ferguson at Evangelical Textual Criticism.
Ehrman is leading a tour to Rome and other sites April 14–24, 2020,
featuring lectures on pagan-Christian relationships in the early centuries. Interested?
The Evangelical Textual Criticism
blog-folk are organizing their annual dinner gathering at SBL 2019 in San
This is troubling.
is for Apple, Alef Beth is for Learn Wisdom. A chart based on Talmudic
teaching for learning the Hebrew Alphabet.
lectures on Christian History by Diarmid MacCollough. These were recommended
to me for inclusion in the roundup but due to time constraints I haven’t viewed
And lastly,I shamelessly plug
my forthcoming book, The
Case for a Proto-Gospel: Recovering the Common Written Source Behind
Mark and John. From Peter
Lang, tentative release in November or December.
So. That’s it. Gonna stroll down the
midway, catch some of the verse jugglers, hop on the camel ride through the eye
of the needle, and check out that leopard-bear-lion thingie with the ten horns
and seven heads.
#166 November 2019
(Due December 1) – Derek DeMars, Theology
#167 December 2019 (Due January 1)
– Alex Finkelson, Scribes
of the Kingdom
#168 January 2020 (Due February
1) – Jim West on Twitter as @drjewest, Zwinglu
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