Welcome to the February 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival! What is this you may ask (and I have already been asked)? A list of interesting articles from around the internet regarding Bible and related studies. Less devotional and personal content (such as is usually found here), more in depth articles of a specific nature. It is posted once a month on a different blog each month – and this month it will be on Delving into the Scriptures.
Being the shortest month of the year, the carnival may be a little shorter than normal! Apologies to any who feel missed out, and please comment any corrections at the bottom. Please note – whilst all of these articles are valuable, I don’t guarantee I fully agree with all of them, but found them useful in study and discussion… Anyhow, less preamble more content, here we go.
Claude Mariottini has a post (and scanned PDF) on The Geographical challenges of the Sinai. The photos certainly solidify his point about wilderness and reliance on God! Jacob Cerone looks at Hosea 1:9 as an example of where translation and interpretation go very closely hand in hand.
Jeff carter takes a (dangerous) look at interpretations of the Song of Songs - A challenging book to be sure. He also clears up some translation issues in Song of Solomon 7:2 - using a limerick to help with ‘unmentionable’ and embarrassing words. You have been warned. This was definitely one of those verses you giggled at while at youth camp.
James McGrath also takes an overview look at Exodus and Conquest, starting with the book of Exodus through to Joshua. It’s only 20 minutes, so very high level, but a great discussion starter. I took a quick listen, but will have to listen again myself as there is a lot of content there.
Mark Goodacre discusses Myths of Mary and the Married Jesus. I listened to the audio and as usual, Mark was very persuasive in his views, and presented an excellent case for ‘Mary Confusion’ in our popular culture. Especially relevant around the use then of Biblical characters and scenes in other media… Speaking of which, The Bible – TV Series is coming out. No, this isn’t even out yet (so is a stretch to qualify), however considering the amount of scholars who are talking about it, provided input to it, etc, it will at the very least be a great discussion starter with many, and I have no doubt, start a flurry of blog posts arguing the theological underpinnings of many scenes… Keyboards loaded and ready for argument!
Larry Hurtado has an interesting post on why did the gospel of Mark survive. The premise is most of the content can be found in the other gospels – which are more frequently quoted in the texts we have, so why was it kept along with the other three? Craig Bennet as usual had some good posts, including this one on Luke 5:20-23.
Phil Long from Reading Acts had a lot of good content this month, but I found this particular article on Peter and Simon the tanner to be particularly good. Doug Chaplin also takes a quick run at 1 Corinthians and claims that Paul is not a Protestant. Craig Bennett decides to follow some rabbit trails around 2 Timothy 15-16 – Scripture is God Breathed. Dangerous ground indeed.
Joshua Smith questions whether we are using numismatics (study of currency) enough in our look at the ancient world. Paul Himes takes a look at what he calls ‘The Hardest verse in the NT’ - yes, that is a tough one, but one of at least the best presented arguments for interpretation I have seen.
Archaeology and Old Stuff
Deane Galbraith takes a look at (another) inscription, this time from Gath which looks like it just might have the name Goliath on it. Just throwing this out there, the media is not here for our benefit – keep that in mind when ‘reading’ any sensationalist claims! And one more from Deane, Ham for Hanukah (just click it for the picture). OK the article really is about discussions which try and create geographic boundaries for the nation of Israel based on the amount of pig bones found in an area.
James Tabor has a plug to the latest Biblical Archaeology Review, with an article on the historicity of Sodom and Gomorrah. It must just be one of those things we love – when people digging holes in the ground find old stuff – and connect it to things we know from the Bible.
Theology and Stuff (and Popes)
To start on a serious note, Abram at Words on the Word took on the meaty task of reviewing Zondervan’s ‘theologian trading cards’. Geeky, yet cool.
James Tabor looks at the prophecies of St Malachy - or at least the ‘so called’ prophecies. Conspiracy theorists unite, this stuff is gold for all of them. And to finish the Papal theme quickly, Andrew reminisces on if he was pope. Ben Witherington has some suggestions for the new Pope, and Scott Mcknight summarizes - basically, don’t pick a Catholic. I am thinking we are not being helpful here…
James McGrath (among others) takes a look at Logos from an iPad perspective. I moved to Logos 5 about 3 months ago – it is so large I am sometimes struggling to come to grips with the sheer volume of content, but at the same time have found it a very valuable tool – both on the PC and the iPad. As the world moves more and more to the digital age, this is where we are going – whether we like it or not I say. (caveat, computers and technical things are also my day job, so my perspective may be skewed!). James also looks at (and gets a little excited, proving his scholarly credentials) the book Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha by Rick Brannan.
Hard Hitter warning – Jeff (the scripture zealot) takes a long hard look at suffering, Job, and ‘happy Christians’ who through ignorance seem to think that all suffering is from personal sin, and if that person would just ‘give it all to God’ they would be better (rather than maybe just showing a little compassion)… Carl Trueman also asks is there Any Place for the God of Job? - Some great quotes in there, as well as what I would call good theology. This is well worth your time to read. Lastly Peter Enns calls out what he believes is the most sobering verse in the Bible
Mark Stevens interviews Jack Levinson on his book ‘Fresh Air’ . I have since purchased the book (see, great marketing!), but haven’t got far enough to provide a solid review. Mark however is convinced. And to top it off, he summarizes Barthian theology for us in a helpful and thorough post. This is the kind of summary I like to see – detailed and yet concise.
And that is it for this month’s Carnival! Normal service will be resumed on this blog tomorrow. Hopefully everyone finds something interesting to read!
Next month’s Carnival is hosted by Phil at Reading Acts. If you have any post suggestions, please send them through to Phil at plong at gmail dot com.
Also, if you want to host a carnival on your blog, there are still slots free this year… Contact Phil before they are all taken!