September 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Welcome to the September Biblical Studies Carnival! To be honest, with the recent tensions between Missy and the Doctor, it seems that such a blog post is trivial. An eternal, bloody, yet friendly, conflict between the last two Time Lords, or a joyful carnival? Regardless, this carnival is in a parallel universe so as to prevent too much wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.

EDIT: Though in all seriousness, please send your thoughts/prayers/whatever to the Roseburg community. My wife grew up near Roseburg and her family lives near there, meaning this shooting is particularly close to home. Her family is okay but we are waiting to hear about the causalities. And please don’t politicize the shooting. Care about the families, but don’t go off about how we need more guns or need to get rid of guns. At the moment, that does not matter. Focus on the fact that people were shot, injured, and killed. A very small community was shaken to the core and people are hurt, not just physically but emotionally. On that note, I restate what I noted originally, albeit in a different context: “it seems that such a blog post is trivial.” (10/1/2015, 1PM PST)

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity sift through the many posts pertinent to Biblical Studies. Aside from the specific links I’ve run across, I worked my way through many blogs from James McGrath’s Blogroll and the Complete List of Biblioblogs. Like any other carnival, I categorized the posts.

An image from Twilight Zone's episode

An image from Twilight Zone’s episode “Perchance to Dream”.

Also, I wish the best to Daniel Gullotta who has temporarily closed his blog as he begins an MA program at Yale University.


Professor Emerson Powery (Mercy College) discusses “The Origins of Whiteness” in slave narratives and the “Curse of Ham”.

Paul Davidson remarks on the problem of Psalm 22:16 and comments on the Canaanites, Amorites, and Hittites in history and the Bible.

James Pate raises questions about the theological dimensions of the Testament of Abraham.

William Ross a summary of his soon-to-be published article, entitled “Text-Critical Question Begging in Nahum 1,2-8: Re-evaluating the Evidence and Arguments”, in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW).

Adam C. McCollum remarks on 4 Ezra in Old Gregorian.

PsalterMark uses literary criticism of T.S. Elliot to demonstrate an approach to the Psalms.

Carpe Scriptura continues a series of reading in 1-2 Chronicles.

Michael Satlow challenges Judaism to consider the question of how Jewish is the Wisdom of Ben Sira.

Research Fellow at the School of Mission and Theology, in Stavanger, Norway, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, will be defending her thesis on Deuteronomy 32.

Bob MacDonald presents the music of Joel 1 and Joel 2.


Phil Long explores Paul’s roles as the persecutor, a suffering servant of Jesus, an apostle, non-philosopher, and a Pharisee.

James Pate reflects on Mark 10:46-52 and the social position of the blind in 1st century Judaism.

Micahel J. Kok shares a handout about New Testament Textual Criticism for his undergraduate class.

David B. Gowler looks at the reception history of the parables in the Gospels.

Mark Goodacre writes about the end of a wonderful era: “The End of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Forgery Debate.”

A brief list of upcoming articles on Hebrew.

James Snapp comments on Codex Sinaiticus and the ending of Mark.

Bill Mounce considers the question raised by δέ in Matthew 28:16.

Simon J. Joseph argues Jesus’ historical theology must be considered.


Daniel McClellan offers his thoughts on Mark Smith’s article entitled “The Three Bodies of God“.

William Brown reviews Michael Satlow’s How the Bible Became Holy.

James Pate reviews Understanding Prophecy by Alan S. Bandy and Benjamin L. Merkle.

Kevin Brown reviews The Text of Galatians and Its History by Stephen C. Carlson.

Matthew Malcom gives a snippet of his review from RBL on Paul J. Brown’s Bodily Resurrection and Ethics in 1 Cor 15.

Richard Fellows reviews Ryan Schellenberg’s The First Pauline Chronoligist? Paul’s Itinerary in the Letters and in Acts, with a response from Schellenberg and Fellows’ reply to Schellenberg’s rebuttal.

Phil Long reviews A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament by Philip Comfort.

Lindsay Kennedy reviews Studies in the Pauline Epistles by Matthew Harmon and Jay Smith.

Abram K-J discusses the value of the Outside the Bible in Outside the Bible (JPS): 3,000+ Pages in Accordance.


The Irish Biblical Studies journal ceases publication and is hoping to make available all articles.

Eric Vanden Eykel recaps the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium.

In response to a paper at the British New Testament Conference, Larry Hurtado comments on linguistic and textual complexity in first-century Christianity.

Tony Burke provides reflection on the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium.

Call for Papers: Digital Editions: Academia, Society, Cultural Heritage.

St. Andrews “Son of God” Conference, June 6-8, 2016, calls for papers.

There is now a new and free society titled “The North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature“, or NASSCAL for short.

Robert Myles highlights various papers from the colloquium on Radicalism, Violence and Religious Texts.

An interview with the editor of Currents in Biblical Research (CBR)


Jacob Prahlow provides a select bibliography from his series on “The Marcion Problem”.

Joshua Ziefle comments on the value and history and tradition.

Stephen Bedard answers whether or not Dionysus was born of a virgin.

Ronald Huggins provides a brief history in “Indra as a Virgin Born, Crucified Savior? You’re Kidding Right?”

Jim West congratulates David Clines on being awarded the Burkitt Medal.


The next two Carnivals will be hosted by:

October 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival (Post date: November 1, 2015)
Phil Long,

November 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival (Post date: December 1, 2015)
Jim West, @drjewest

We need volunteers to host the Biblical Studies Carnival for 2016. Producing the Biblical Studies Carnival each month is a service bibliobloggers offer to their readers. I hope you will offer yourself to host the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Contact Phil Long at and let him know that you want to host the Biblical Study Carnival.

FINAL NOTE: Please feel free to follow my blog. I like followers so that I know my words and thoughts are being directed to a human being and are not lost on the internet. 🙂 Cheers!

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