As promised, this is the best, the absolute best, Carnival. Ever. You may disagree, of course, but everyone, even you, has the right to be wrong.
Oh, and there is no rhyme or reason to this nonsense. I found a lot of posts and tried to pick out those who seemed to know what they were doing. I have no doubt missed the very best of the bibloblogsphere, and if I have, put the links below and I may or may not update this post with them.
If you don’t know what a real biblioblog is, see this post. Not everyone who posts on something biblical is an actual biblioblog. #justsayin, even if I have to say it 41 times.
I wanted to start off with Deane’s giant piece, and seeing as all of you are still here, I guess none of you were good enough to be raptured. He is right on, The Rapture or Christ’s Big Snatch? The Four Comings of Christ in Dispensationalism. Also, a gigantic key to Old Testament interpretation has been discovered.
For some reason, Tony Burke wants to us believe that Morton Smith didn’t forge the Secret Mark bit. This danged kids and their opinions!
Philipos has assembled a list of Peshitta resources.
Roland Boer is so cynical.
James McGrath, before he abandoned us for a more divine path first posted on using Romans 1-3 as an analogy for gym membership and two reviews, one dealing with Synoptic Christology and pre-existence, (Daniel Levy has some less than ideal thoughts on Pre-existence in regards to this book)and then, when he had found his path, a review of a book on the Trinity and Monotheism. I, course, heaped praised upon him for his apparent correction of his one remaining deficit. And, of course, he has helped his new community to explore the non-existent world of scholarship from the mythicist camp. I have it on good authority though, that although given the insurmountable evidence of James’ pre-existence, he is actually a myth.
Joseph Hoffman has news on The Jesus Prospect and defends his book, Sources of the Jesus Tradition and asks Is “God” Invulnerable? Tom Verenna has some words on that book as well in response to this guy. Tom also has a post-up in response to Brad Hirschfield on Göbekli Tepe
Personally, if there was a winner for the most relevant, inspired, and insightful post of the year, I’d have to give it to Chris Brady for this one. Also of note, Chris tells us about the forming the SBL Scholarship and Technology Advisory Board formed. He has a series for the summer iPad use in research: Where am I now?
JRD Kirk has a few entries this month, some on Romans. Seriously, the good professor should write a book on Romans. He examines the Weaker Sibling bit, Governing Authorities, and gets all uptight about prayer. Honestly, prayer is about changing our nature, like Kierkegaard said. Oh, and he has a good post up about the jerks of theology and finally, he makes a confession that I think we all knew and Joel sorta talks about it too.
Jim West notes something interesting. You remember Jim, right? The Number 1 Biblioblogger, universe wide, for 43.4 years. He’ll be back to number 1 next month. He had better. Seriously, me being number is an unnatural as a Mississippi Methodist or a Sarah Palin presidency. In the meantime, he was reading books such as Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views and David Lamb’s newest book, God Behaving Badly?
Mark Goodacre informs us of the move of B-Greek to a forum style. Should be interesting. On the other hand, he has some problems with Sharon Mattila’s work on the Synoptics. On that subject, he has offered his work on the Synoptics for free on Kindle.
Hey. Did you hear the one about how the Media responsibly reported on the Lead Codices? Near did the should-be-blue Tom Verenna. Of course, no one really helped with the Nails in Simcha’s coffin, but Dr. Cargill brought it all out.
The homogenous guys at Near Emmaus have settled the Creation-Evolution debate. Also, they have several posts up on someone who is perhaps the greatest theologian since Paul, the Apostle with whom they take issue with. And, Brian has been watching too many green-screened movies although he is seriously engaging the Maccabean books. Brian also has a review (click the link for all parts of it) on Licona’s, The Resurrection of Jesus. Speaking of the Deuterocanon, Mitchell is still prodding along with his exploration of it.
David Larsen has some notes up on ‘Expound Symposium: My Notes on Matthew Brown’s “Cube, Gate and Measuring Tools: A Biblical Pattern”’
Ferrell writes on Apollonoia (Tel Arsuf) and the Plain of Sharon
Daniel Doleys Reviews The of World Upside Down by C. Kavin Rowe, Matthew (ZEC) and interviews with Grant Osborne, Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs by Constantine Campbell, Review of Who’s Tampering with the Trinity? by Millard Erickson, From Eden to the New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander, The Story of Romans by Katherine Grieb and many, many more this month.
John Byron talks about Reading Other People’s Garbage and so did James Davila who also posts a mini-carnival of Apocryphal Gospels in the blogosphere. He has also had one of his articles on the Golb Affair published.
Kevin Brown has a few posts on dealing with various things. How’s that for unsettling vagueness? Well how about Review: The Nativity – History and Legend (Geza Vermes)? He also has a series on Jesus and Creation in various books such as Corinthians, Colossians, Hebrews, Revelation. Cortez, the guy down below talks about Creation too.
Marc (Mark?) Cortez engages in the free-will debate, but alas, he was meant to.
That Loftus feller, he has a post regarding atheist women scholars. Honestly, I though all scholars were atheists anyway. He engages in the spiritual body fad as well. MandM have a guest post which completely obliterates John. (I kid because I love). And Glen, a real people person, has a response to Carrier on the Resurrection. Peter Kirk also talks about the Resurrection. So does Ari, sorta, in a book review. Speaking of Ari, check this out on the dating of the Gospel of Thomas. Michael Bird speaks about the Resurrection as well and as well again.
Speaking of such things, Todd Bolen has a post regarding Maximalists and heretics.
And frankly, those Canadians are fishy, although the Jim West Biopic is a-okay. But, Scott did have fun with Rapture Week 2011. Speaking of people trying to be funny, have you see this from Tim about humor in the bible?
Jason has a series of post, ending here, but beginning elsewhere on historic Christian Fundamentalism. And, because hits are always important, Jason takes on Jim West after looking at the Babylonian Creation story which was polemicized by the writers of Genesis 1. He also reviews a book. Jason’s friend Bob explores homosexuality and fundamentalism as well. Hobbins says something about Gays and Hell and the Bible and about Ruth (no Naomi?) while looking at Genesis 1.1.
Dr. Jim Linville has gotten married!
Nijay Gupta looks at Le Donne’s book on the Historical Jesus, Gombis’ Drama of Ephesians (excellent book!), R. Longenecker’s New Book: Introducing Romans, Stanley Porter’s new Greek textbook and Bauer and Traina’s new Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics.
Leo has a puzzling post (and a really awful theme. Sorry, Leo)
Daniel O McClellan responds, numerous times, to James White.
Joel Willitts looks at God-fearers in Turkey.
Michael Barber has a post on the successor of Zwingli on Mary. Yes, this might not be biblical studies, but considering it mentions Zwingli, some other important dead dude, and Mary, it has to be included. Michael also has answers to Jim’s question on the Saints.
Ken has a lot of great posts up this month, but this one caught my eye – regarding Hebrews 9.23.
Gavin is reading Ogden who is reading the Apostle’s Creed.
Theology, by Rodney.
On a more theological bent (as submitted by that Rodney feller), we have several different entries. First, Ethnic Hymns in White Churches. Someone wants to date God. Amanda speaks about Roger Olsen, sees Barth everywhere and addresses Christianity Unity. Amanda, if you would leave Barth alone, we could have Christian unity (something that Rachel Held Evans attempted to bring about).
T.C. Robinson began a discussion about Tony Evans and the Curse of Ham. This is important because, in my opinion, this is one of those myths which are comparable to Creationism. I enjoined him, as did Rodney. This sorta, kinda, led to Rodney’s piece on critical scholarship. And speaking of uncritical scholarship, Rodney has one more entry this month, but I’m not even going to mention the name.
Rach of Revise: Reform–
“Jesus as Hermeneutical Key“– she mentions Derrida and Emmaus. I had a heart attack for a sec. *whistles to myself*– insert Brian LePort Joke here.
Cynthia R. Nielsen– “A postmodern reading of Augustine’s Confessions”
Suzanne McCarthy- “Women and Men as Friends and Co-Providers”
Okay. I tried. Good luck.