Welcome to Biblical Studies Carnival III. It's been a month since Tyler Williams' most excellent Biblical Studies Carnival redivivus post that brought us up to date and walked us through the biblioblogosphere happenings for the month of January.
I've slipped my feet into his gigantic shoes and walked around a bit. It may not be as pretty as Tyler's prosaic post-smithing and it may not be as smooth, but it is Biblical Studies Carnival III! Take off your coat and your shoes; make yourself at home. February is a short month but there is still much to review.
The posts highlighted in this Carnival are but a small sampling of the sheer chunky goodness that comprises February's Biblical Studies bloggin' fare. Please feel free to click the sidebar links to explore other Biblical Studies Blogs. Or head to the motherlode, biblioblogs.com for a more comprehensive listing.
Enough with the preliminaries, on with the show!
[Update I: If you've already read BSC:III, please note the addendum section on the bottom. This will be updated as necessary. Thanks!]
Let's start with the completely new. February brought podcasts upon us. Ben Myers of Faith and Theology got the ball rolling with a podcast titled What is the Gospel? and followed it up with The Bible and theology. The biblioblogosphere's own worship chorus lyricist of power, Chris Tilling of Chrisendom, followed up Ben's original podcast with Gospel in Paul. On the last day of the month, Steven Harris of Theology and Biblical Studies adds a podcast (with transcript!) with Jesus and Guantanamo Bay.
Faith and Scholarship
It seems just about everyone is interacting with Michael Fox's SBL Forum Essay, Bible Scholarship and Faith-Based Study. I've stayed out of the way because I'm on the fringes of the academic realm due to my interests and occupation. I'm not a direct player. But this has been bouncing about the blogosphere so it is well worth mentioning here. At this point, though, rather than retrace the history of the interaction is it probably best to simply point to Danny Zacharias (deinde) who has tracked the discussion and indicated he'll be updating his blogger-cooler discussion on the topic as the discussion continues.
A common area of posting in the Biblical Studies realm has to do with archaeology of the ancient near east. February was no exception. Joe Cathey (Dr. Cathey's Blog) started us out with his Top Five Archaeological Finds for Hebrew Bible. He followed it shortly with his Research Bibliography - Tel Dan Stele. Then Jim Davila of PaleoJudaica.com got in the act providing us with a glimpse at how he would modify Joe's list.
This was only the beginning. Little did we know that Chris Heard of Higgaion was making lists, checking them twice, and listing all sorts of info about cool archaeological stuff. When the dust settled there were five Heardian lists of archaeological power: Of the making of lists there is no end, Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.
While we're talking about lists, it seems proper to mention (even though it isn't properly under this topic) Ben Myers' (Faith and Theology) final list for theologians: A list of his lists for Essential Theologians.
Back to Archaeology: There's Daily Hebrew with a post regarding the Gezer calendar, complete with photographs, transcription and translation.
While we're in the area, a few posts in the realm of Hebrew Bible are worth mentioning. Tim Bulkeley of SansBlogue posted asking all sorts of questions regarding an article on Abraham for a "coffee table book on the Bible". There's so much to say, how to shove it all in to 3500 words? This was shortly after Claude Mariottini posted on The City of Abraham. Claude posted a follow-up to Tim's post that addressed some things Tim was pondering regarding historicity and how to approach this problem for the presentation in a coffee-table book. Interesting stuff. Tim provided a response concluding, essentially, that writing from a strict approach (e.g. maximalist or minimalist) would be relatively easy; but writing something that walks the fence for popular presentation is more difficult.
Next, Daily Hebrew blogs about Gomorrah. Now, this NT Greek student (i.e. Rico) doesn't follow much of this, but he follows enough to know whenever cognate languages are responsibly invoked, one should listen carefully.
Elsewhere in Hebrew Bible, Tyler Williams of Codex Blogspot did his Valentine's Day duty with The Most Excellent of Songs (The Challenge of Translating Metaphors). Makes me wax poetic ... and no, I'm not saying that with a fake Scottish or Irish accent!
Speaking of Valentine's Day, on the New Testament side Brandon Wason of Novum Testamentum filled the void and blogged some mighty fine bloggin' 'bout Love in the New Testament.
Even though love is the greatest (cf. 1Co 13.13), and even though (as John, Paul, George and Ringo would have us think) "All you need is love", there's more than that going on in the NT, and we need to be reminded of it. Mark Goodacre of NT Gateway Weblog brings us back with two posts on Historical Jesus studies: Forgotten Criteria, Post I, Post II.
Then we have Darrell Pursiful in the new-to-me blog Disert Paths blogging on The Nazoreans. He's got a six-post series on the topic (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) that you may want to check out.
Next is Richard H. Anderson of dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos theophilos, writing about The Fruits Theology of Matthew, considering use of the word "fruits" (6x in Mt) and its implications.
Propitiation is an important concept, so it is valuable to discuss. Suzanne McCarthy does just that in her post for the Better Bibles Blog on Propitiation. Loren Rosson (The Busybody) follows up and interacts with The Mercy Seat of Rom 3.25.
And let's not forget about AKMA and his Random Thoughts. His post Derogating the Divine discusses the issue of blasphemy. It's worth reading.
There was a decent amount of action in the area of the Pastoral Epistles, so much so that it warrants splitting it out from the section on the New Testament.
First, Ben Witherington treats us to an excerpt from his upcoming commentary on the Pastorals on 2Ti 3.16: On the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture.
But the big action was on that always controversial portion of First Timothy, 1Ti 2.15. It started with a post by Aaron O'Kelly of Aaron's Corner called Once More: Saved Through Childbearing. This was followed by David Ritsema on 1Ti 2.15. Rick Brannan of PastoralEpistles.com followed this up with some musings of his own, Saved by Childbirth in 1Ti 2.15 and a Follow-up. Somewhere between those two posts, Wayne Leman of Better Bibles Blog posted on the topic, and David Ritsema offered some more thoughts (here and here).
Ben Witherington adds his own thoughts on the topic in his post Literal Renderings of Texts of Contention.
Read them all, and especially the comments (especially on Ben Witherington's posts).
The folks at the group blog Evangelical Textual Criticism have a few goodies for us this month as well. Peter M. Head posts about 0220 at Romans 5.1, complete with a cropped photo of the variant in question. It is a good reminder that getting a gander at the MS is always a good thing to try to do. One of the comments on that post led to another interesting post, with Peter M. Head posting for Ulrich Schmid, on Two Early Editions of the Pauline Corpus.
Just beating the end-of-February deadline, P. J. Williams of Evanagelical Textual Criticism posts on Inerrancy and Textual Criticism. Some interesting thoughts to consider.
While the MSS that the gents at Evangelical Textual Criticism discuss are hundreds of years old, examiniation of MSS of a different origin has begun. Rick Brannan of ricoblog has posted samples of handwritten manuscripts that folks have submitted to him. His project is to acquire 8-10 copies of Second Timothy from volunteer scribes, collate the variants, and see what happens.
Stephen C. Carlson of Hypotyposeis is also dealing with manuscripts again; this time with an SBL paper proposal about Archaic Mark. Carlson has suspicions about the manuscript. And you can check the manuscript yourself; P. J. Williams of Evangelical Textual Criticism posted a link to an article announcing the availability of digital images of Archaic Mark. You can see the images of Archaic Mark for yourself. (How cool is that?!)
Books and Book Reviews
It isn't a biblioblog review if we don't talk about books, right?
What better place to start than with Biblioblogdom's own Tim Bulkeley (SansBlogue) and the publication of his Hypertext Commentary on Amos? Congratulations, Tim!
Ben Witherington offers us a peek at what he's got in the hopper with A Preview of What's Next. I'm anxious for his work on the Pastorals (any chance of an advance copy to review? Please?) though the rest sounds pretty fab-o-riffic.
But we haven't talked about real books yet. You know, that are already published in print and available today. But Loren Rosson (The Busybody) has. He blogged about April DeConick's Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas in his post The Rolling Gospel of Thomas. Stephen C. Carlson (Hypotyposeis) provides his own thoughts and interacts with Loren's review.
Loren is a busy reader. He's also posted a review of Social Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul. Make sure to check it out.
Humor and Other Things
There are just too many posts to categorize, so I decided to use a catch-all heading. We'll start out with one of the funnier posts of the month, from Stephen C. Carlson (Hypotyposeis) with his February 21 list of On This Day in Biblical Studies.
Moving from the humorous to the serious, Jim West (Petros Baptist Church) blogs about Why Biblical Scholars and Theologians Must Self-Publish.
From the serious to the mythic, Kevin P. Edgecomb (biblicalia) offers thoughts on Myth, Legend, Folklore.
From the mythic to the new, please take note of the new blog from David Croteau, Slave of the Word. David is a recent Ph.D. in New Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and, from the looks of his blog has done some serious research in the realm of tithing. Be sure to give David's blog a look-see.
With apologies to Jim Davila of PaleoJudaica.com, I've inadvertently left out a post of his that really should've been included: His notice of Professor Emeritus Robert Wilson's 90th birthday. Professor Wilson's work is all over — I happen to be reading through the New Testament Apocrypha volumes he edited and translated from Schneemelcher. Happiest birthday wishes and many happy returns, Professor Wilson!
Upcoming Biblical Studies Carnivals
Bibilical Studies Carnival IV (BSC:IV) will be hosted by Loren Rosson III at The Busybody in the first week of April, 2006. Look for a call for submissions on his blog soon.
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Cheers, all, and happy browsing!