We won't lie: hosting the Biblioblogs Carnival is a stretch, as biblical studies is outside our focal point. Our primary interest is linguistics (first) in application to the biblical languages (second). It's not the most popular of interests, but it's our passion. Anyways, we hope you'll enjoy this carnival!
The Carnival is organized around some of the major channels that people turn to in order to get a better picture of the Bible (ok — I took that analogy too far; stopping now).
Channel 1: Old Testament
Martin Shields argues that if naming is understood correctly then Gen 2:18–25 "become an integral part of the search for the missing element in creation".
Randy McCracken provides some sobering comments for those who would like to read more into numbers than numbers with his post Numbers and Numerology. In a follow up post, Randy looks at the large numbers used in the Old Testament and some of the difficulties of taking them literally as well as multiple routes forward. (See his other posts on Saul, God's first king and the meaning of biblical names.)
In discussing the reason for sudden collapse of Ugarit, David Corder looks to complexity theory to posit some explanations.
Marg Mowcsko writes a solid post that celebrates the two brave women mentioned in 2 Sam 17.
David Stowe provides an interesting list of the different musical renditions of Psalm 137 (I wasn't sure where to stick this one, but the OT Channel seems fitting).
Bob MacDonald takes a fun look at the difficulties of translating, with a particular interest on how נפשׁ could possibly rightfully be rendered as integrity.
Channel 2: Septuagint
William Ross received a response from Takamitsu Muraoka to his review of Muraoka's A Syntax of Septuagint Greek.
William also gives us his thoughts on Karen Jobes's Discovering the Septuagint.
Call for papers for the Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint (4 June 2017 in Helsinki).
Channel 3: New Testament
Marg Mowczko recognizes that certain women of the Bible are quick to get a bad rap. This post challenges the standard estimation of the the Samaritan woman from Sychar.
Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism:
- Peter Gurry on the priority of external evidence over internal evidence in competing methods of NT textual criticism.
- Peter Gurry on Text-Critical Blogs Worth Noting
- Peter Gurry on The Length of Acts in Codex Bezae
- Christian Askeland on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife and Recent Developments
Channel 3: Extrabiblical
Steve Walton announced the publication of Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity (edited by Chris Keith and Loren Stuckenbruck):
Channel 4: Theology
There's been a bit of a kerfuffle over Trinitarian theology amongst evangelicals. There are two primary issues in play: 1) Is the Son eternally subordinate to the Father? 2) If he is, does this hierarchy provide grounds for complementarianism? There has been a torrent of blog posts about this and we cannot list all of them here. However, here are a few to get you started:
- Shots fired:
- Liam Goligher and Carl Trueman critiquing the view that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father:
- Denny Burk's Response to Trueman and Goligher:
- Wayne Grudem Responds to Criticisms:
- Bruce Ware Responds to Criticisms:
- See Michael Bird on predicting this "civil war" (Bird has been very good about keeping up with this debate. Check his other posts for more information and links to other blog posts):
- Fred Sanders provides:18 Theses on the Father and the Son
2532 years ago, in August 29, 520 BCE, according to Haggai 1:1, God gave the command to rebuild Israel’s temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC.
That’s a long time ago, is all I’m saying. ...
I guess my point is this. It seems many of us, myself included, can get a bit careless, even cavalier, about the Bible, thinking that we “get it” because we happen to read it regularly in our native tongue. Perhaps we should regain a sense of respect for the distance this book has travelled to land on our coffee tables, pulpits, and work desks.
Evolution effectively challenges time-honored, bedrock, evangelical positions on how the Bible must be read. That’s why for some, even engaging evolution generously, let alone accepting it, simply means turning their back on their own evangelical heritage. The emotional cost of doing so is often too high.
Martin Shields wonders "What's Wrong with Inerrancy?", and offers some different angles of thinking about this topic.
Over at Euangelion, Michael Bird lists 7 things he wishes Christians knew about the Bible.
Matt Emerson Discusses "What Makes a Doctrine 'Biblical'? On Method."
Joshua Smith has an interesting post addressing the question, "Is the Bible 'Literature'?"
Andrew Perrimann takes a look at N.T. Wright and Paul’s eschatology, and employs some creative eye-candy timeline charts to help us visual-learners not have to churn thick words in our head too hard.
Is this a place where Paul is creatively repurposing the language of sacrifice? ... In which case arguing over the exact meaning of hilastērion and what it does to God is to miss the point. It does nothing to God; it is done by God.
Channel 5: Linguistics
Check out what Mike Aubrey has to say on Reduplicative Futures in Koine Greek. He's also got some great comments on Negation Scope and its application to negation in Koine Greek.
Here at Old School Script we had a stellar interview with Rachel Aubrey, so if you're interested in translation, linguistics, or ancient languages don't miss out! Kris Lyle also added to the Discourse Matters series and talked about the different ways chunking / segmentation is achieved in Hebrew versus Greek.
Channel 6: Book Reviews
William Brown reviews "Approaching Rituals in Ancient Cultures” edited by Claus Ambos and Lorenzo Verderame
Future Carnivals: Phil is always looking for volunteers to host future carnivals. He is currently in need of someone to cover July (due Aug 1) and August (due Sept 1). The rest of the year is covered (but there's always 2017!), so if you're new to blogging and want to contribute to the community, jump on this opportunity and reach out to Phil.