Due to a truly impressive amount of blogging about matters related to the Bible, I have decided to offer an early edition of the September 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival, which provides a round-up of posts from August 2011. Here is a carnival featuring the posts from the first half of this month. I have tried to include all sorts of things that are related to the academic study of the Bible, or should be of interest to those who focus a lot of attention on that subject, even if somewhat tangentially or indirectly. If you have a post that you think should have been included but wasn’t, please send it to me or leave a comment about it here, and I will include it in the second part of the carnival at the end of the month.
Given the time of year, I’ve decided to give the carnival a back-to-school theme…
Musical settings of Biblical texts are often neglected in considerations of their reception history. Deirdre Good offered an analysis of Bach’s interpretation of the Magnificat.
Textbooks and Literature
James Bradford Pate continued blogging through Rainer Albertz’s History of Israelite Religion and David Carr’s Reading the Fractures of Genesis, including the latter’s discussion of the non-P source and final form.
Rafael Rodriguez shared some thoughts on the criteria of authenticity and redaction. I explained to him why he was wrong. He responded. I explained to him why he was probably wrong. Rafael continued to offer a “challonge.” Bruce Springsteen had the last word and declared it a tie. But Rafael continued interacting with Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus.
Andrew Perriman asked whether Gehenna was a burning rubbish dump, and whether it matters. Daniel James Levy also addressed this in relation to the book Erasing Hell. Andrew followed up with a post explaining why attention to context is not “liberalism.” Richard Beck discussed universalism in conversation with Daniel Kirk, who this month engaged in storied Bible reading and briefly falsely claimed to offer the lowest price for Cialis.
D. Miller suggested that simply replacing problematic legalism with problematic ethnocentrism may not take the new perspective on Paul and a more positive understanding of ancient Judaism far enough. Jason Staples then contributed his thoughts on the subject. Miller also discussed the notion of Paul as A Former Jew.
ROTC (No, wait, sorry, they said canon)
Scot McKnight discussed how plurality of interpretations is a problem for Biblicism, part of a continuing series with multiple parts this month. So too did Tim Henderson, also with more than one part, noting as well that Irenaeus was not a biblicist. Chris Heard joined in as well, as did Peter Leithart, all of them interacting with Christian Smith’s book The Bible Made Impossible. Kevin DeYoung offered a defensive response, which Nick Norelli liked. Joel Watts, Danut Manastireanu and Jerry Coyne discussed a piece by David Lose in the Huffington Post about literalism. Mark Noll’s piece at BioLogos is also related.
Suzanne McCarthy took on the mighty men of the NIV, demonstrating real מענטשלעכקייט.
Not all discussions of gender and biblioblogging were private. Suzanne posted on women in the blogosphere and other institutions, and Baptist Women for Equality, Amanda MacInnis, Julie Clawson and Waneta Dawn also posted on the issue of gender inequalities which arises not only in connection with Biblical interpretation, or in the church or the biblioblogosphere, but also in the academy and throughout the workforce, as seen graphically in the chart shared by Kay Steiger. Hopefully more biblioblogs will tackle this topic more regularly.
Suzanne also blogged about how the Bible not only established hierarchies but also overturns them, connecting it with The Help, which was also the focus of several posts by J. K. Gayle. Suzanne also blogged about the very notion of help, and Wayne Grudem apologized, and Rachel Held Evans interacted with Donald Miller.Ann Fontaine discussed the trend of women leaving churches, including loss of belief in the Bible and the practice of reading it (also mentioned at Unreasonable Faith, Jesus Creed and Her.meneutics).
John Byron discussed Junia and defended the way her name is rendered in the new NIV. He also found a helpful book – albeit somewhat late for his own benefit – on navigating the practical aspects of engaging in academic study of the Bible and religion.
Bibliobloggers offered Biblical language-learning resources, such as Tonya and Daniel’s video series, Jeremy Thompson sharing his dissertation, Mike Aubrey reviewing volumes about Greek prepositions, and advice from James Tucker.
Danut Manastireanu tried to answer the question which is the most faithful Bible translation to the original texts, concluding with a post about the versions he actually uses. John Hobbins discussed denominational reactions to the NIV. Theology for Women described the experience of moving beyond KJV-onlyism.
Charles Halton discussed a Hebrew Bible for Kindle and other eReaders, interviewing Drayton Benner and Chip Hardy.
Where else is the appropriate place for dung and spit?
History and Classics
Dorothy King blogged about a crucified Republican man as well as a crucified man in Jerusalem, evidence for the temple menorah, the Parthenon in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the question of proto-Christian iconography in third century Rome, and the travel not just of ideas but artifacts (and deities) along the Silk Road.
David Meadows was one of several who shared the news about a Roman sword found in a Jerusalem drain. Jeffrey Garcia mentioned it as well as a five-branched menorah that was found, as did William Hamblin, Ferrell Jenkins, Jim Davila and John Byron, among others.
Joel Watts explained that young-earth creationism is a recent creation, as far as its understanding of the Bible is concerned Joel also chimed in on the discussion of the NRP piece noting changing views on Adam and Eve among Evangelicals, which also got discussed at Jesus Creed, BioLogos, Undeception, New Ways Forward, and The Biblical World.
A couple of bloggers illustrated why Ken Ham’s views shouldn’t be in a science classroom – or mentioned in a carnival on the academic study of the Bible.
Larry Hurtado announced the beginning of his unending research leave, resulting in leadership change at the Center for the Study of Christian Origins. Larry also blogged about a volume on early Christian manuscripts and classic hoaxes that unfortunately never seem to grow old.
Bob and Roslyn had a baby, and if you think that doesn’t fall within the domain of biblioblogging, then click through and see what sorts of things are already being read to young Maclaren Grey Cargill. And don’t forget to say congratulations!
Outbreaks of Violence
Claude Mariottini reviewed a book about rape in the Bible, and talked about the struggle for David’s throne. He also shared a link to and an excerpt from Norman Gottwald’s retrospective essay “Revisiting the Tribes of Yahweh”.
Several bloggers linked to New Testament scholar Margaret M. Mitchell’s piece on Anders Behring Breivik, the Bible and Christian violence. Also related, Rita Nakashima Brock tackled the connection between atonement theology and Christian terrorism. If you don’t see the link, then take a look at this post by Arni Zachariassen.
Peter Kirk responded to Jim West on the topic of the wrath of God in Romans, while Miley Cyrus simply gave him the finger!
Oxford University placed papyrus fragments online and asked for help transcribing them. John Byron was one of several to mention the new Gospel fragment that has already been found among them.
Tony Burke offered some thoughts related to Mark Goodacre’s blog post last month about his International SBL paper on the Gospel of Peter, in which he proposed an emendation.
On the topic of mythicism, Tom Verenna started the month off by addressing mythicist attitudes to peer review. He also responded to Steve Caruso’s suggestion about peer-reviewed biblioblogging. Otagosh liked the approach to the conversation about mythicism that Tom and I were taking. Synoptic Solutions also shared some thoughts relevant to this topic.
Do note that I have tried to include a range of posts from blogs not always included in the carnival, and have tried to include posts that intersect with or will be of interest to those who engage in academic Biblical studies. I have not attempted to winnow out posts because of frivolity, humor, a more casual approach or a failure to meet some standards or other of scholarly rigor. These are blog posts, and blogging even on the blogs of academics covers the range from directly blogging about research, to reflecting on its significance for today, to connecting it with Doctor Who. You are under no obligation to agree with any post linked to, nor do I necessarily approve of all their contents. If you would not have included a post in the carnival, then please host a carnival and, when you do, don’t include posts of that sort.
This Biblical Studies Carnival early edition is not intended for use by young children. Its claims have not been tested by the FDA, and thus it should not be administered to prevent or treat a diagnosed medical illness. Side effects include drowsiness, fits of laughter, and compulsive link-clicking. If after reading the Biblical Studies Carnival you experience an interest in Biblical studies which lasts for more than four hours, please consult with a PhD supervisor.