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May 2016 Biblical Studies Carnival: School’s Out Edition

Welcome to the May 2016 Biblical Studies Carnival. I hope all of you are finishing up your final papers, grading papers, and getting grades in as most Spring semesters are wrapping up. For your enjoyment listen to some classic Alice Cooper before diving into the carnival for this month!

The world lost one of the greatest theologians of our time in the month of May. Several people wrote reflections on the impact that John Webster had on modern theology: Andy Goodliff, Resident Theology, Christian Today, Mark Gignilliat, Bobby Grow, Mere Orthodoxy, and more.

Old Testament

Marg Mowczko examines the translation issues of Malachi 2:16 and the phrase “I hate divorce.”

Dr. Claude Mariottini summarizes the book of Jonah’s message adapted from a teaching series he did at his local church.

Randy McCracken asks the question “How Tall was Goliath?” He also examines if David is portrayed as a New Adam.

Over at The Outward Quest David Corder writes a series of reflections on David Carr’s book, Tablets of the Heart.

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg answers why Moses is pictured with horns by many famous artists.

New Testament

Paul and the Gif

Larry Hurtado writes some thoughts about Rome and Christians after viewing the final installment of “Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit” on the BBC2. While you’re at it you should take a look at his recent short but helpful book Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries, which is from his recent Pere Marquette Lecture in Theology.

Pete Enns follows up after his provocative post about Paul “winging it” when it comes to writing Romans.

Over at the Dustin Martyr Blog, Dustin argues that “great is your reward in heaven” is speaking of the believers reward comes out of heaven at the return of Jesus.

Reflecting on the latest collection of essays in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective Scot McKnight discusses the holiness tradition and the New Perspective. You should also check out the excellent podcast with Scot McKnight titled, “The Kingdom Roots Podcast.”

Over at Corinthian Matters David Pettegrew has an interesting post on crowdsourcing Paul’s Letters to Corinth.

The Ancient Bookshelf asks the question are we interpreting women out of the New Testament?

Wayne Coppins, who has a must read blog German for Neutestamentler, translates a section of Oda Wischmeyer’s essay about the “Gradness” of N.T. Wright.

Brian Davidson posts is Friday the 13th practice Greek adjectival practice for his 7th and 8th graders. Good luck!

Michael Kok begins some writings on the Apostle Paul

Nijay Gupta points us to a debate between Bart Ehrman and Richard Bauckham about eye-witness testimony.

Peter Gurry asks if the longer ending of Mark is inspired.


The Ancient Bookshelf posted a 1 Enoch reading guide this month.

And Phil Long begins blogging through 1 Enoch.

Jacob Prahlow concludes his series on Women in the Apostolic Fathers.

George Aldhizer reflects about Polycarp.

Updated: James Pate shows of evil people performing miracles or impressive wonders to deceive others in the Apocalypse of Elijah and Gospel of Nicodemus. Also check out his post reflecting on who the Pastoral Epistles could be responding to and poses the question could they be responding to the “Acts of Paul and Thecla.”


Experimental Theology is trying to recover a Catholic imagination

Josh Carroll has a tongue-in-cheek post about biblical interpretation titled, Biblical Injunctions for Bearded Awesomeness.

Book Reviews

Shawn Wilhite reviews You Are My Son by Amy Peeler.

William Brown, over at The Biblical Review, reviews Goliath’s Legacy: Philistines and Hebrews in Biblical Times by Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò. Also check out his review of The Power of Myth by Daniel Gorman Jr.

Jacob Cerone reviews the recently released Going Deeper with New Testament Greek by Andres Kostenger, Ben Merkle, and Rob Plummer.

Susan Eastman over at the Marginalia Review of Books reviews John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift. She concludes,

For the present, Paul and the Gift is a stunning invitation to consider deeply, broadly and creatively the tremendous power of grace as divine gift, and its implications for every aspect of human life, from intimate family relationships to global politics. It certainly will change the work of Pauline scholars, but it deserves a wider readership as well. Anyone interested in Jewish as well as Christian theologies of grace and in the dynamics of human transformation, will benefit from the riches of this book.

Phil Long review John Collins’, *Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy

James McGrath reviews The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Ruben de Rus review the New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic

The Jesus Blog concludes their five-part series on Bart Ehrman’s Jesus Before the Gospels. Also see Michael Kruger’s review of the book as well.

Nijay Gupta reviews Francis Watson’s Fourfold Gospel and has a multi-post review of NT Wright’s Paul and His Recent Interpreters


If I have missed a post that you think should be added please send me a tweet @renshaw330 and I will go ahead and add it here!

Kris Lyle over at the Old School Scripts blog will be hosting the carnival for June 2016 so be sure to send him your links during the month of June.

Also, if you would like to host the carnival at some point please contact Phil Long (plong42@gmail.com or @plong42). It is a great way to get your site out there and contribute to the biblical studies genre of blogs in general. I love reading these each month but we can’t have a carnival without volunteers so please contact Phil to reserve your spot!

October 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival

Welcome to the October 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival. Take your time and read through these awesome articles for the month.

Just so you know: Jim West will be hosting the Novemeber carnival.

We are also in dire need of volunteers for the biblical studies carnival. They are a great way to get your blog out there and being able to help others read the best posts of the month. Contact Phil Long to volunteer.

Old Testament

James Bradford has been doing an “Weekly Quiet Time” by going through different books of the Bible. In October he was going through II Chronicles. (Link)

Claude Mariottini has a thoughtful post on the covenant’s of David.

“Translation is sacrifice in its worst sense, giving up the origin, giving up its history, giving up its sound, meter, feel, nuance, idiom, and so on. Why do we do it! (Oh, that question hurts). We do it because we need a can-opener. We simply don’t get the original even if we learn the original language. We are separated from our ancient kin even though we are joined at the hip.” – Over at the Dust blog some helpful thoughts on translation (Link)

How does the flood prefigure coma? Joseph Gleason answers in this post.

New Testament

Nijay Gupta is putting together an excellent bibliography for women scholars in the Gospels and Acts. Be sure to check it out.

Tavis Bolinger challenges all NT students to stop reading the Bible in English. (Link)

Simon Joseph writes on the debunking the Jesus Myth (Link)

Phil Long offers four points in interpreting the parables of Jesus. (Link) He also has several other posts on the parables this month.

The perennial question of if Jesus got Abiathar right or wrong in Mark is addressed by Andrew Perriman.

As always Wayne Coppins has his weekly German translations with his latest entitled Matthias Konradt and the Publication of Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew (BMSEC 2)

Peter Head provides a helpful list of recent surveys on Mark.

Theology and Hermeneutics

Mike Skinner poses the question, “What is your canon within a canon?” and reflects on Cyril of Alexandria’s. (Link)

Michael Forth has a Word About Halloween by observing two different narratives of Halloween among Evangelicals and offers some helpful thoughts.

Tim Bulkeley posted some articles on thought topic of God as Mother (Link)

How should we rightly read the Bible? Ron Frost answers.

Jonathan Pennington catalogs some of his thoughts reflecting on the book The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture by Jean Leclercq.

Marg Mowczko gives her thoughts on Christian Egalitarianism.

Steve Runge has several rcent excellent posts on discourse grammar: On Eclecticism in Linguistics, Continuing Education in Discourse Studies, and Getting Above the Sentence Level. Thanks Jacob Cerone for posting these links together.

Book Reviews

Shawn Wilhite creates an excellent summary over submission dates for many different confereces. Check it out here.

Kevin Brown over at Diglotting reviews The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis: A Critical Assessment from the New Testament to Eriugena by Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God by M. David Litwa, Jesus, Gospel Tradition and Paul in the Context of Jewish and Greco-Roman Antiquity: Collected Essays III by David E. Aune, The Gospel of John and Christian Origins by John Ashton, and The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition by Simon J. Joseph.

Mike Skinner (link) reviews Oliver Crisps new book Deviant Calvinism.

Jacob Cerone offers some thoughts on the late Rod Decker’s new grammar.

George Athas introduces the new BHS Readers edition (Link).

Bryan Bibb has some thoughts on the Voice Bible.

Phil Long review The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel by Darrel Bock and Michael Glaser and the new An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek: Analysis of Prepositions, Adverbs, Particles, Relative Pronouns, and Conjunctions

Brian Davidson gives his thoughts on Steve Runge’s new commentary on Romans.

Peter Brown gives high praise to Karlfried Froehlich’s new book Sensing the Scriptures


Chris Skinner has some sober warnings on the life of a scholar. Updated

David Lincicum gives some of the benefits of studying New Testament at Oxford. (Link)

Over at the Old School Script blog Kris has several helpful posts on discourse grammar. You should really check them out!


Cliff Kvidahl interviews Wayne Coppins: Part 1 Part 2

Nate Martin interviews Mark Seifrid about his new 2 Corinthians commentary in the Pillar series.

I interviewed Steve Runge about his new discourse grammar commentary on Romans.

Logos 6

Here are several posts dealing with the new and excellent Logos 6.

Joel Watts has several posts on the new update. (Link)

Rick Brannan introduces the Ancient Literature Guide section in this new version.

Blogging Theologically reviews the new version. (Link)

Jeffrey Walker over at Reformation21 offers his thoughts on Logos 6.

Abram K-J gives a first look at the new Logos 6.

Over at the Overview Bible Project Jeremy Kranz gives his thoughts on the new software.

The podcast Calvin’s Corner views Logos 6 in this episode.

∞ Biblical Studies Carnival – June 2014 at the Reading Acts Blog

Despite the slow months for bibliobloggers Paul over at Reading Acts has put together a nice list of posts from June.

I especially enjoyed Chris Keith’s article “Oral Fixation on New Testament Studies” and Michael Barber’s post titled “Is Peter Cephas?“.

∞ Link

Create a Form to Collect Submissions for the Carnival

I received several comments regarding my form to collect links for the January 2014 carnival. I thought I’d create a quick “how-to” video for future hosts.

January 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival XCV

For your listening pleasure while you peruse the carnival (Leftover Salmon – Carnival Time)

Welcome to the first biblical studies carnival of 2014. Hope you enjoy the show!

First things first, Phil Long is still needing volunteers for March or April so please email him at plong42@gmail.com

Also, Aaron White over at the Mosismose blog is hosting the February Carnival.

ANE/Hebrew Bible/OT Theology

Peter Kirby has added several new writings to the Early Christian Writings site with the rest of the Nag Hammadi Library. Thanks for the hard work on this Peter!

Was biblical Hebrew the one pre-Babel language? Ben Merkle argues “no” and gives some helpful thoughts on elevating biblical Hebrew to a “privileged position.”

What does it look like when we read Genesis 1 “literally”? Check out the answer over at the Scribalishess blog.

Marg Mowczko summarizes Julie Parker’s recent article, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b”, in JBL.

Jacob Cerone examines sin in Micah.

Dr. Mariottini analyzes the Sign of Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14) (part 2). Also esee Edward Fudge on the virgin birth.

Well if you can tie in Led Zepplin and biblical studies you got my vote. See Aaron White’sshort post comparing Hosea and Led Zepplin.

Check out the this podcast over at the Bible Study and the Christian Life blog. It looks at the genealogy in Genesis 5:1–32.

This post of Old Georian phrases and sentences over at the hmmlorientalia blog looks at Isaiah 36:11 and the Georgian addition of “in Persian”. Check it out here.

LXX, DSS, Apocrypha, and More

In this post Gabe Martini explains how Tobit is Gospel and Christian Scripture. He concludes, “Selflessness—the heart of Tobit’s message—is at the heart of Christian spirituality. In caring for others, we find true life. And that is the enduring message of Tobit.”

Lawrence Schiffman provides an excellent and helpful introduction to STL and Rabbinic Judaism. Also check out References to Apocryphal Works in Rabbinic Literature.

Rick Brannan lists his twitter summaries of each pseudepigraphon.

David Lincicum alerts us to a promising new series The Apocrypha in the History of Interpretation, which is edited by himself and Timothy Michael Law.

Language/Textual Criticism

Steven Runge and Logos are offering an internship program over the summer. Here is the description:

Logos Bible Software is seeking highly qualified candidates for Greek Discourse Grammar Internships this summer. Successful candidates will have mastered the concepts described in Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, and will assist in the development of exegetical handbooks which help pastors and students better understand the exegetical implications of discourse features annotated in the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. Interns will work directly with Dr. Steven E. Runge as part of the Logos Discourse Team, providing an unparalleled opportunity to develop the skills and theoretical framework needed for advanced research in the field of NT discourse analysis and discourse grammar.

Check out the whole post here.

Update: I didn’t realize there are actually two internship opportunities at Logos this summer. The second one is with Rick Brannan as a Greek Data Curation intern. Here is the description: 

Logos Bible Software is looking for people who know their Greek and want to use it in an environment focused on creating data-oriented products for professors, teachers, students, and laypeople. As a Greek Data Curation Intern, you will work with the Logos Content Innovation team to provide the linguistic foundation for the next generation of tools to help people infuse the Greek of the Bible in their everyday studies and research.

Check out the whole post here

Wayne Coppins has started a new blog devoted to the translation of German New Testament scholarship and has an excellent post reflecting on conversations with Martin Hengel and John Bowden.

Joshua Mann reminds us to read the appendices in our Greek bibles.

Shawn Wilhite examines the pragmatic and semantic descriptions of Greek conjunctions.

The Evangelical Textual Criticism blog looks at the inscriptions for the Catholic Epistles in Sinaiticus.

Brice Jones makes some helpful correctives to some claims made by John MacArthur regarding manuscript evidence.

How linguistcs can better your exegesis: part 2 over at the Old School Script blog. He explains how the Greek article can help identify propositions that are either topical or more likely focal. Check it out! This blog is worth reading if you have any interest in exegesis, which probably includes everybody reading this blog so get over there!

New Testament

Who wrote Hebrews? Phil Long gives a brief summary on the Pauline authorship hypothesis and comments on Dave Black’s short (36 pgs.) new book, The Authorship of Hebrews: The Cases For Paul.

Over at the The Naked Bible blog, Michael Sheiser, looks at salvation language in the New Testament.

Brian LePort summarizes the posts that responded to Greg Monette’s post concerning the criteria used in the various quests for the historian’s Jesus.

Joel Willits explores Francis Watson’s new book, Gospel Writing, and the question of truth in the plurality of the Gospels. He also provides a helpful comparison of the first and second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, which you can find here.

Adoption as sons? or Adoption as children? Suzanne McCarthy investigates.

James McGrath has severl good posts including 1 Timothy 5:18, Pauline Authorship, and the Gospels.

Nijay Gupta gets serious about the Sermon on the Mount. Also note that Christopher Skinner is now joing Nijay at Crux Sola!

Do You Q? (Chris Keith) – 44% YES and 55% NO, which prompts Mark Goodacre to ask Q or not Q? That is the question. Johhny Walker then asks the question Did Luke Know Matthew?. Chris Keith also asks whether Mark Goodacre is still in the minority on Q?

Is Matthew 10:28 referring to Satan or God? Mike Skinner summarizes and reflects on N.T. Wright’s proposal. Also check out his post titled “The Gospel: Heaven & Hell or the Kingdom of God”.

Did the Apostle Paul believe in a literal Adam? Peter Enns looks at this important question here.

Over at the Targuman blog Christian Brady argues for that Hebrews 11 is a midrash of 1 Maccabees 2. He closes with

“An audience who knew 1 Maccabees would hear the words of Hebrews as building upon that earlier argument and getting behind it. The author of Hebrews is arguing that what motivates one to do deeds in keeping the law is vitally important and, in turn, should alter one’s expectations of reward.” Check out the post here.

Dunn wrote a post titled Taking the Oral Gospel Tradition Seriously over at the Eerdman’s blog.

James Tabor explores the top 7 fateful passages in the New Testament.


Larry Hurtado assesses the recent renewed interest of the Apostolic Fathers.

What can the Desert Fathers teach us today? Check out Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung’s post titledNew Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life.

Shawn Wilhite assesses the apologetic value of Origen’s Contra Celsum.

Matt Emerson provides an extremely helpful list for theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS).

Andrew Wilson provides some quotes concerning Augustine and inspiration (HT: Roger Pearce).

Roger Pearce reflects on some of the value of Academia.edu and points us to some new translations of Chrysostom.


Mike Skinner encourages us to Read the Bible Like a Texan, Ya’ll!

Related, see the Teknia blog on using “y’all” for the plural here.

What does our interpretation look like when we relize that often times we view what the text’s purpose different. Chad Chambers reflects.


Jessica Parks shares her personal credo with us. She closes with this, “I believe that cruciformity, that is, living and dying like Christ
, can and will transform this world through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Amen!

Ben Myers tweeted a summary of each book of the Bible. You can find the whole summary here. A couple of my favorites were:

2 Corinthians: O how I love you, you darling scalawags, you dear sweet blockheaded scoundrels, you infuriating puppies!

2 Chronicles: If we build it, he will come.

What difference does Christianity make? Ingie Hovland answers here.

Brian LePort reflects on the similar language of the spirit in Seneca and Paul.

Jim West alerts us to the Princeton Barth Conference.


Steve Runge provides excellent advice on writing academic proposals.

Scot McKnight has an excellent article on translation “elitism”.

Jonathan Pennington writes an excellent article on writing over at the Philomythois blog.

Krista Dalton writes an insightful and convicting post on accessing and being aware of the privileges we have.

Bringing the Academy to the people…Madison Pierce reflects and then makes her first attempt (successfully) at doing this by summarizing her and Ben Reynold’s recent article, “The Perfect Tense-Form and the Son of Man in John 3.13: Developments in Greek Grammar as a Viable Solution to the Timing of the Ascent and Descent” in NTS. 

Josh Carroll reflects on waiting on God’s timing in academia.

The Near Emmaus blog provided a helpful roundup of MLK Day reading.

Check out The James (Ya’akov) Ossuary: The Kalman Interview at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (Video).

What is the difference betwen Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism? John Loftus answers.

Over at the Targuman Blog, Christian Brady alerts us to the Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program:

The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer six-week Fellowships to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

AncientThought.com is calling for contributors for their early Christian history timeline (HT: Tony Burke).

Adam posts another funny comic titled Get to know your Bible translations.

Check out Paul’s Missionary Tube Map (HT: James McGrath).

Unfortunately there is often times a great chasm between the church and the academy. Michelle Mikeska reflects on how we can shorten this gap.

Book Reviews

John Walker reviews Vincent of Lérins and the Development of Christian Doctrine and Jesus and Gospel Traditions in Bilingual Context by Sang-Il Lee.

Carlos Bovell over at Peter Enns’ blog reviews The Lost World of Scripture.

Abram K-J reviews Robert Jewett’s commentary, Romans: A Short Commentary, R.T. France’sTeach the Text: LukeNICOT in Olive Tree, and the NA28 in Olive Tree iOS.

Joel Watts reviews the Future of Biblical Interpretation and A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers.

Ben Witherington keeps summarizing and reviewing N.T. Wright’s recent book, Paul and the Faithfulness of Godherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here. Yes, you are correct, that is in 9 parts, oh and the 9th post is only in chapter 3.

Tom Schreiner also reviews Wright’s new book in the latest issue of Credo.

Review of A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez is posted at James’ Ramblings blog.

Brian Davidson reviews the Hermeneia 2007–09 in Logos.

Aaron White begins reviewing When God Spoke Greek by T. Michael Law. You can also find the introduction here.

Judy Redman reviews Oral Tradiiton and the New Testament by Rafael Rodríguez here and here.

Marc Cortez reviews Mike Bird’s Evangelical Theology.

Phil Long reviews Michael Bird’s Are You the One Who is to Come?

David Lincicum reviews Christopher Tuckett’s inaugural commentary in the Oxford Apostolic Fathers series of 2 Clement.

Joshua Mann reviews BibleWorks 9. See part 1234.

Michael Sheiser provides several links to reviews of Four Views on the Historical Adam.

Jim West reviews Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Canonical Scriptures.

Joshua Paul Smith reviews Molly T. Marshall’s Joining the Dance (part 1 and 2).

Brett Vaden reviews Robert Letham’s Union With Christ in two parts (1 and 2).

I reviewed the Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers here.

Top Books of 2013

Several bloggers included their top books of 2013. Here is the list:


There were several interviews in January. I tried to compile a list here:

Nijay Gupta interviews Francis Watson. See part 2 here.

Cliff Kvidahl interviews Andrew Pitts.

Joshua Paul Smith interviews Robert Orlando, who is the director of A Polite Bribe.

Alan Brill interviews Rabbi Yehuda Brandes.

Matthew Montonini interviews Jonathan Pennington, author of Reading the Gospels Wisely.

The Eerdman’s blog gave us several treats this month including interviews with James D.G. DunnFrancis Watson, and Walter Brueggemann.

Luke Geraty interviews Marc Cortez on Blogging, Evangelicalism, and the Holy Spirit. Aso see part 2 and part 3.

Matt Emerson interviews Chad Chambers from the Cataclysmic blog. And Chad Chambers interviews Matt Emerson.

Julie Beck (of The Atlantic) interviews William V. Harris, a professor of history and director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, on mental illness in Ancient Greece and Rome.

New Blogs

There are a couple new blogs that started this month. Check out Greg Monette, who is a Phd candidate at the University of Bristol, employee of Logos Bible Software, and the author of the upcoming book The Wrong Jesus.

Dr. David B. Gowler is blogging through his upcoming book on the reception history of the parables. I particularly enjoyed Rembrandt and the Parable of the Rich Fool of Luke 12:16–20 Part 1 and 2, and 3.

James Crossley’s and Deane Galbraith’s Biblical Studies Online (HT: Brian LePort). Also check out how to use the site.

Also mentioned above, Wayne Coppins has started a new blog devoted to the translation of German New Testament scholarship.

Steve Walton is also now blogging.

Austin Fischer, author of Young Restless, No Longer Reformed, has started a blog titled Purple Theology.

Along with this blog I joined a new collaborative blog, Philomythois, which hosts a variety of contributors with various interests (philosophy, pyschology, gender studies, theology etc.).

Jim West’s Unofficial Carnival

Of course Jim has his unofficial carnival, which includes a lists of “firsts”. Ahem Jim, this is also my first carnival…check it out.


The Countdown is On…Get Your Links In!

The countdown is on to get your links in for the January 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival.

Email, tweet, comment, fill out this form, or hand deliver your links to me!


Submissions for the January 2014 carnival has come to a close. Check out the carnival results!


Get Your Links In!

Happy New Year! 

Before getting your links in check out the final carnival of 2013 by Jessica Parks over at the Cataclysmic blog.

I am hosting the January 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival. I thought to try to keep the links in one central location a Google Docs form would be easiest. Submit your entries below (or go to the permanent URL here.)

If you don’t want to use the form just leave a comment or email me at brenshaw833@gmail.com