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September 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival: The “Greater”

October 2, 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival! Just to be clear: “Greater” is a quantitative evaluation (it certainly isn’t qualitative!) in comparison to the number of links offered in yesterday’s appetizer, which henceforth shall be known as September Biblical Studies Carnival: the “Lesser”.

There were, as usual, a variety of interesting issues and articles s in the biblioblogoshpere this month, but three came to the fore in my reading: the Jordan Lead Codices, “Hurtado-Gate” (EDIT: following the lead of BW16), and the release of the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls–all covered below. I have also included (hopefully) a variety of other interesting links from around the blogosphere.

Obviously, with so many good blogs and articles out there I could not read or link to them all, so if I missed you, trust me, it was not personal.


New Testament

April Deconick points our attention to a CBS Live article on an old Christian inscription found in Rome in the 1953, and an updated analysis recently published by Gregory Snyder in A Valentinian Inscription.

Derek Leman at Yeshua in Context has a post on the Purpose of Parables.

Remnant of Giants solves why Jesus turns into a Giant in the Gospel of Peter.

Mississippi Fred MacDowell’s posts on “The Weirdest Bible Translation Ever“.

Mike Kok offers an Addendum on the Anonymity of the Gospels.

Bob Cargill eviscerates Ken “The Scribe” Maley who claims that the New New Testament, his ‘translation’ of the NT, is “rewritten through Jesus and the Original Authors.”

Jim Davila links to some extraordinary pictures of the 2,000 year old underground labyrinth where Jewish rebels hid from Roman soldiers. Some background from Jim’s site here.

Larry Hurtado on Jesus of Galilee and A Very Jewish Jesus.

The incomparable Mark Goodacre celebrated his eighth Blogiversary: NT Blog Eight Years Old Today! Happy Blogiversary! Now someone give the man eight bumps or something for his birthday at SBL.


Sheffield Biblical Studies blog has a series of links relating to Hurtado-gate after he asked the question of what languages are essential for New Testament Study. “It was started (and continued) by Larry Hurtado (here and see also here and here), with BW16 responding (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here!), and others, such as Mike Kok, James McGrath and, obviously, Jim West, joining in. It now seems to have gone viral.”

Duane of Abnormal Interests responded to James McGrath here, and, in my opinion, Christian Brady had the best cultural reference in relation to the entire discussion: How many languages does it take to get to the center?

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Craig Smith discusses the issues he has with translating homophobic passages in the Hebrew Bible.

In light of the forthcoming Scott Derrickson movie, “Goliath”, Remnant of Giants asks what it could mean to “respect the original” biblical narrative.

Tim Bulkeley continued his series this month on Humour in the Bible:

* Humour in the Bible: Book 24: Jeremiah
* Humour in the Bible: Book 26: Ezekiel

Bob Cargill posted some resources for teaching the story of Jephthah.

Jim Davila posted on a Job in late Hebrew Bible at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

Daniel McClellan on the NET Bible Footnote on Prov 8:22.

Secular Biblical Studies

Last month’s number one biblioblogger John Loftus provides a link to a debate between Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman: Does the Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering? And to an article by Professor Keith Parsons: “Are Supernatural Hypotheses Testable?” Finally, John discusses The Deuteronomist and King Josiah.

After a summer of getting married, going to Europe twice, drastic home renovations and general exhaustion, Dr. Jim Linville announced he was back to blogging. To celebrate the occasion he is having a contest to win Penn Jillette’s new book. Limericks ensued.

It was also announced that beginning in 2012 Dr. Jim has volunteered to take the Carnival Ship Helm!

Hector Avalos penned an article for the Ames Tribune asserting that ‘True’ religion begats violence.

Dead Sea Scrolls and Judaic Studies

Aren and Jim both mentioned the Hanan Eshel Memorial Volume: “The volume contains the 22 papers presented to Hanan before his death, covering topics in archaeology, history, and textual studies, with a particular emphasis on aspects relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls, spanning the late Iron Age through late Antiquity.”

Jim West also passed along information of A New Jozef Milik Biography.

Very likely the biggest news in DSS related posts, and something many bloggers and websites mentioned, is that the Israel Museum and Google have combined their forces to digitize some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and make them available to everyone online.

You can visit the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls website, and see the spectacular images of the first five scrolls in the project:

There is also much more information relating to the Digital DSS at their site.

John Hobbins offers the text and translation of a famous passage Moshe and Akiva in TB Menachot 29b.

Jim Davila finds a rare Pseudepigraphic reference: “The book of 1 Enoch is cited in the St. Louis Jewish Light in connection with recent hurricane politics. You don’t see that every day.”


Judith Weingarten discusses a new exhibition she is helping to install by the Dutch artist Gerti Bierenbroodspot The Presence of the Past: Lost Archaeological Worlds.

Judith also has a picture of possibly the world’s oldest topographical map, the Turin Papyrus Map, drawn about 1150 BCE by an Egyptian scribe named Amennakhte.

Bad Archaeology argued This ought to be the first rule of “Biblical Archaeology” and discusses a number of fake archaeological claims.

Dr. Cargill points out that while a wine production in the Areni-1 cave complex, located near the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia may have been found, it is definitely not “Noah’s” winery: how the media screw up archaeology to sell copies.

Jim West also discusses the misrepresentation of this discovery: BAR, Bogus Claims, And Silly Pseudo-Archaeology.

Bob Cargill has some suggestions on how new discoveries *should* be announced to the public.

Bob mentioned a new book, Archaeology 2.0: New Approaches to Communication and Collaboration, this month as well.

Jim West also posted that The UCL Petrie Collection Online is now available online, which is a searchable dataset for all 80,000 artefacts preserved in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, with one photograph for each item.

Jim Davila linked to the Haredi Conference on “Torah Archaeology”.

Jordan Lead Codices

One of the conversations that has dominated the biblioblogosphere during the last few months has been the Jordan Lead Codices.

Tom Verenna kicked things off this month with an excellent video on the fake lead codices (along with a series of links from other bloggers–including actual archaeologists!–who posted the video at their own sites, and made relevant comments concerning the issue).

Another resource that came online this month is The Jordan Lead Codices Information Page

The page features bibliobloggers examining the evidence surrounding the Jordan Lead Codices and includes information such as

For some additional background, even though it is from last month, there is more at Steve Caruso’s Aramaic Blog: Jordan Lead Codices: Units of Forgery

The Perseus Collection

If you are a Logos user then there was some amazing news this month: The Perseus Classics Collection was released, and all 1,114 vols. FOR FREE! It contains works from classical Greek and Roman authors in their original languages; some works have an English translation. Greek and Latin grammars and commentaries are also included.

Best of all, this entire collection is free. There’s no catch. No strings attached.

Apparently, for those without Logos according to Jim West, you can download the ‘core’ of Logos 4.3 for free.

Theological Musings has a post on The Value of the Perseus Collection.

Nijay Gupta has reviews the collection, and Nick Norelli as well.

After the money we have all paid for books during our educations–really? $120 for a paperback book?!?–this is indeed an incredible offer.

Biblical Languages, Translation, and Interpretation

Suzanne McCarthy examines the historical influence of the Vulgate on translations of 1 Timothy 2:12 (and offers some additional thoughts on 1 Tim 2:14 as well).

Suzanne also examines the an alternative translation of the Greek kephale meaning “source” instead of “head” in The Source New Testament by Ann Nyland.

April DeConick lays out some of her serious questions she has about historical critical studies as she moves forward with her approach she is calling Network Criticism.

Judy Redman has an interesting piece on the internet and the changing face of research.

Tim Bulkeley at Sansblogue suggests what should be done with academic publishing in biblical studies.

J. K. Gayle discusses a BBC clip showing an ESV translation committee changing the wording of “slave” to “bondservant” in 1 Corinthians 7

Theophrastus writes a followup to J.K.’s post listed above, and further discusses the wording change in light of the use of “bondservant” and similar terms in English Bible translations.

Daniel McClellan: On “Context”.

Other Items of Interest

Amanda MacInnis is interacting with James McGrath’s Religion and Science Fiction (click here to order from Amazon), so far she has posted on ‘Sorcerers and Supermen’ in James’ McGrath’s Religion and Science Fiction; From Dr. Frankenstein to Topher Brink; Mis-Reading Star Trek? Exploring Danna’s Chapter in ‘Religion and Science Fiction’. And this month has added a piece on Eriberto Lozado’s article, “Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as Theodicy in Contemporary China”.

Rodney at Political Jesus also significantly interacted with James’s book (Intro, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8). Optymystic Chad and James McGrath voiced some disagreement with Rodney’s assessment, so Rod gave some further context for his thoughts.

April DeConick announced that her new book Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter has finally been released (Click here to order from Amazon).

Rachel Barenblat offers Six ways to usher in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and highlights some Wise Voices on Middle East politics and on Torah.

Suzanne McCarthy continues her series Women’s Orientation to Work: part 3 – the tent peg, part 4 – the spinster, and part 5.

In a guest post on Remnant of Giants, classicist Jean-Fabrice Nardelli replies to Robert Gagnon’s claim that “homosexual practice is so overwhelming that it takes a concerted effort to ignore the mountain of evidence”.

Rebecca Lesses collects some online resources for the study of Jewish magic.

James McGrath has a brief roundup of Evolution and Creationism around the Blogosphere.

SBL 2011 Annual Meeting

It’s that time of year, and bloggers are starting to post some of their plans for this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco:

April DeConick discusses a couple of sessions she is involved with.

Jim West linked to The Faculties of Theology and Religious Study of the Universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich reception: If You’re Attending SBL This Announcement is for You, and shared his own plans My SBL Schedule, So Far.

Joel Watts announces he is Going to #SBL11, and wonders if, “any of my readers, friends, or other bibliobloggers going to be present?”


Well, that’s all for this month. Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Tom Verenna. Make sure to send him some submissions!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 1:36 pm

    great and thorough work scott. thank you

    • Tom Verenna permalink
      October 2, 2011 10:22 pm

      Who is ranking down Jim’s post? lol

  2. October 2, 2011 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the carnival. “Hurtado-gate” was actually my neologism.
    In him,

  3. October 2, 2011 4:20 pm

    Good stuff. Thanks Scott

  4. Tom Verenna permalink
    October 2, 2011 10:21 pm

    Scott, thanks! Just a gentle nod though, alas, I will not be hosting the carnival next month (October) and this is not correct: I will be hosting November’s Carnival.

    ‘Thomas Verenna has a post on The Value of the Perseus Collection’

    That is not my blog! 😉

    • October 2, 2011 11:16 pm

      OK, i fixed the blog part. The other part I had to find through the wayback machine because Jim deleted it: so who is hosting next month?

  5. October 3, 2011 9:48 am

    tom is- he’s posting the carnival going live on NOV 1 (covering october). november’s material will be posted on DEC 1 by ‘remnant of giants’. after that, linville is organizing the hostings which commence on 1 jan, 2012.

    • Tom Verenna permalink
      October 4, 2011 8:36 am

      Oh, well then. I suppose it is me. I thought I was covering the month of November. Silly me.

  6. October 3, 2011 4:47 pm

    I think it would be useful to add these two posts to the “Hurtado-gate” section. Very well considered and thought-provoking blog posts:


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