Welcome to the 46th Biblical Studies Carnival and the first BSC to be hosted from Africa.
Three things were big deals this month: the NIV 2011, gender, and the SBL affiliation with bibliobloggers.
Rick Mansfield announced the coming revision of the NIV, the NIV 2011 (and hence the discontinuation of the TNIV). There were many interesting responses to this news, the funniest of which had to be Danny Zacharias. Other bloggers responded, some even with suggestions.
April DeConick asked why there are so many male bibliobloggers and so few females and in so doing created the discussion for the month. Some of the resulting conversation was productive. Some of it was not. Here’s a handful.
Deidre Good, More from April, Julia O’Brien, Loren Rosson III, Stephen Carlson, Jim Linville, Sue McCarthy, Judy Redman, James Crossley, Kevin Scull, Brenda Heyink, Claude Mariottini, Bryan Bibb, and Rachel Marszalek.
Jim West announced (well, Kent Richards announced it, but he ain’t a blogger) the new affiliated status that bibliobloggers have with SBL. Reactions to the news were mixed. Daniel McClellan created the list of reactions.
Book Reviews and Interviews
Ben Blackwell continued his interview with Mike Gorman. Jared Calaway reviewed Mark George’s Israel’s Tabernacle as Social Space. Adam the Artist reviewed Garrett and DeRouchie’s Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Mandy thoroughly reviewed the first edition of Kittel and Hoffer. Matt broadcast his interviews with Robert Yarbrough and Richard Bauckham. Nevada reviewed Horton’s book on Wright/Dunn NPP. Calvin reviewed Leslie Wilson’s The Book of Job: Judaism in the 2nd Century BCE. And Skinner interviewed Thomas scholar Nicholas Perrin.
Dutch Bible bloggers launched BiblioblogNED, so now we’ve got a regular job for the Google translator. Perhaps anticipating all the affiliation hub-bub, Nijay Gupta asked what the conferences are for anyway. Charles Halton released a pre-publication of his article in ANES. A number of bloggers attended the British New Testament Conference. Simon Holloway shared beautiful Bible pics. Scott Bailey whined his way onto our blogroll. Mike Kok started the popular Top 5 Female Biblical Scholars meme, results here. Loren Rosson III collected memorable moments from the heretic preacher Steven Anderson. Jared Calaway told us what pathos is. We all learned of the origins of biblioblogging. Bloggers remembered where they were on 9-11-01. JK Gayle combined the book and female scholar meme lists. Mark Goodacre held online office hours. Tony Siew encountered a very cool blogger related issue with a student. Matthew Thiesen offered his complete paper Luther and the Jews. More of us need to put our formal work online. Much thanks to him and Charles for doing so. Brandon Wason discussed what to do about blogs and CVs. Roland Boer pointed out some facts about SBL. McGrath halted the perpetuation of bullshit on the Butler campus. Gupta posted on the Wright conference (Chaplin responded with 10 Wrightian talking points). Wiggins wigged over The Boss… or at least his tight jeans.
Mike Heiser babbled about Genesis, Sumeria, and Akkad. Jared Calaway announced the horde of Bar-Kochba coins more. Theophyle broke down ancient Israel’s divided monarchy under the Assyrian Empire. Jim Getz turned into a zombie. Daniel McClellan decoupled Yahweh and El. Duane got punny in Akkadian. Claude Mariottini and others posted on the Egyptian “Joseph” coins.
Benji Overcash said that the baby Jesus had a star on his head… me too! Ken Schenck posted part 2 of Paul’s Unknown Years. Julie Clawson looked at Jesus in the temple. Deidre Richardson posted on women deacons in the east. Josh Mann flushed the toilet in his first century apartment next to his household idol. Todd Bolen and others posted on the synagogue found at Magdala.
Rachel Barenblat enjoyed a bit of divinity as she entered the third trimester of her pregnancy. R Joseph Hoffman got philosophical and coined the phrase Pharisaic Humanism. Michael Carden theologically howled at the moon. Peter Enns thought out loud on the new atheism. Rachel Marszalek jumped in the comp/egal conversation. Mike Heiser performed some naked baptisms. Ben Byerly mixed in some African theology. James Pate read Neusner on messiah. Loren Rosson III preferred a Sanders/Esler approach to Paul rather than a Wright/Dunn approach. Julie Clawson discussed implications of Kingdom of God theology. Art Boulet got started on the literal Adam (also James Anderson and Nick Norelli). Sue McCarthy said we are slaves to one another and offered a list of those in the feminine language for God conversation. Colin reflected on one of O’Brien’s posts, part of which became a quote of the day. Wiggins offered us two choices: religion or death? And Elizabeth Young provided a family tree for understanding dispensationalisits (which we plan on using).
HB/GNT Studies and Bible Translation
Brady and others went back-and-forth on Genesis 1. Here’s a roundup of relevant posts. There’s a good response to Peter Lopez’s reading of Genesis 1 from newcomer Seth the Biker. Deane Gailbraith posted on how innovative the satan is in Job. George dropped science on the ten commandments. Simon Holloway criticized a translation of JRR Tolkien (response here). John thought she-ass was a word people use in English (guess they do in the vast farm wilderness of Wisconsin), and he offered a few good translations, focusing on the particle כי. Julia O’Brien asked if Jacob, or anyone for that matter, changed. Colin blogged on animal apocalypse in Daniel and Enoch. Roland critiqued the criqiute of idolatry from Isaiah 44.9-20. His critique is critiqued here.
Alan Bandy revisited TNIV issues. He must be trying to squeeze it in until the TNIV is no more. Stephen Carlson posted on the ending of Mark. Ken Brown introduced the gospel of John. Mike Bird blogged on Paul’s speech in Acts 13. Mark Goodacre offered a fantastic podcast on Junia mentioned in Romans 16 (with follow up here). McGrath asked if Matthew used Luke, Goodacre answered and Carlson also jumped in. Then McGrath asked if Jesus claimed to be God (He’s quite the explorer!) and Chaplin and Brennon answered. Peter Head got text critical on Hebrews 2.8 in the NA27. William Varner proposed Jude as the author of Hebrews. David Miller on Romans 2. And Joel compared AIDS to leprosy in Bible translation.
Steve Runge examined historical presents in the synoptics. Rod Decker explained the function of tense switch in the imperatives of Mark 8.34. We noted that substitution is a more frequent use of תחת than the spatial sense of ‘under’. DLC explained some Hebrew etymology. Mike offered his linguistic wisdom with a sweet post on language change. Finally, Duane knew how to use a lexicon (and Answers in Genesis didn’t).
J Brian Tucker posted a lesson on the NT Greek writing system. Eutychus listed ten things to do while learning Greek and the value of quotes. Matt Malcolm recounted story-telling methods of teaching Greek. John Anderson continued to muse on why he loves teaching. Brooke Lester offered help for students writing papers. Just who is their audience? Karyn noted some fun items she uses to teach Hebrew. A subsequent contest with a prize for one of the items is now underway. Nijay Gupta decided to blog through teaching Greek for the first time, more here. Brenda Heyink talked PhD programs.
Doug Magnum got tense about retribution. Alan Lenzi’s nerve was struck (Sept 1 South Africa time, Aug 31 in CA) about something Hobbins wrote and he wondered why there aren’t more apostate biblical scholars. Hmm… He must have been reading DeConick’s mind. James Kennedy explained what Russian Formalism has to do with the Bible. Lenzi used the M-word. Targuman responded. Phil Sumpter taught us about proportional exegesis. April got critical on the origins of the gospels of John and Thomas. Christopher Skinner replied to DeConick., and Skinner doesn’t look from nowhere, by the way. April said separating confession from work is the greatest issue for her generation (Responses: Doug Chaplin, Mark Goodacre, Mike Whitenton). Ben Shaw offered truth for students on over-interpretation. James Harding offered a blow-out on historical method and raised more questions. April offered her 10 commandments of historical criticism (Responses: Skinner, Chaplin, JK, April rebuts, Mike DeVries, McGrath, Redman). John Anderson offered a modest proposal on the relationship between science and religion.
Be sure to catch next month’s carnival at Kevin Scull’s Paul of Tarsus!