February 2016 Biblical Studies Carnival


Welcome to the February 2016 Biblical Studies Carnival!

Assembled below are the very best articles written this past month from around the Biblioblogging world.  I know this because I spent the extra day of February tracking down and reading a plethora of fascinating offerings. This month’s carnival includes submissions from the categories of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Early Christianity, Theology and Hermeneutics, Book Reviews, Tools and Resources, and News. May you find them as informative as I did.

Before leaping into this February’s readings, I encourage you to also visit Manuel HG’s Spanish Language Carnival.  Looking forward to future Carnivals, N. T. Wrong (email) will be hosting March’s Carnival. The April offering will come via That Jeff Carter Was Here. May’s Carnival will be moderated by Brian Renshaw (email). Finally, the June festivities will be hosted by Kris Lyle (@KristopherLyle). If you’re interested in signing up to host a future Biblical Studies Carnival, contact Phil Long (email or @plong42).  My thanks again to Phil Long for managing the carnival rotation and giving me the opportunity to host this month. Happy reading!

Hebrew Bible.Old Testament

In honor of International Septuagint Day (February 8, for those of you unaware) Abram Kielsmeier-Jones provides a compendium of Septuagint links and resources.

At the Bible and Interpretation, Martin Ehrensvärd, Robert Rezetko, and Ian Young discuss an unsettling divide in linguistic dating and historical linguistics.

Also at Bible and Interpretation, Victor Sasson examines the Jehoash Inscription, the Trial in Jerusalem, and the James Ossuary.

Bob MacDonald continues his work on Hebrew Bible Scores with articles on Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, and 2 Chronicles 16.

Marg Mowczko asks if Isaiah 3:12 shows that women leaders are a bad thing. (Hint: Not really)

Over at Jesus Creed, RJS walks through (and reflects upon) how to read Genesis.

James Tabor offers a two-part response to a “Strange” review of his book, The Jesus Dynasty: Part One | Part Two

William Hart Brown hosts a fascinating series entitled “Pseudepigrapha Saturdays” over at The Biblical Review (check out his work). This month’s offerings include introductions to Pseudo-Hacataeus, Eupolemus, the Epistle to Diognetus, and the Sibylline Oracles (Book One).

New Testament


Doug Chaplin builds from Dunn’s Neither Jew nor Greek in On (not) having Dunn Q.

Scot McKnight considers (one more time) the genre of the gospels.

At The Jesus Blog, Brant Pitre reflects on why Jesus was accused of blasphemy in Mark 14.

Your humble host looks at five ways in which ethics have been derived from the Sermon on the Mount.

Markan Christology

In continuation of a hot topic from January…

Brant Pitre asks if Jesus is merely a “human Messiah” in Mark and poses some questions for consideration.

Anthony LeDonne responds with reflections on whether Markan Christology was low, underdeveloped, or understated.

Chris Keith suggests that perhaps Mark knew what he was doing in crafting an ambiguous Christology.

Michael Bird continues the ongoing discussions on Markan Christology.

James Crossley writes on Blasphemy, I Am, John’s Gospel, and the Rhetoric of Parallelomania.

Michael Kok (who has a new blog you should really check out) summarizes his slew of Markan Christology posts.

And Doug Chaplin weighs in as well.


Larry Hurtado lays out his argument for YHWH’s Return to Zion from a forthcoming volume responding to N.T. Wright.

Wayne Coppins translates and comments on Eve-Marie Becker’s latest on humility in Paul.

Scot McKnight begins his discussion of E.P. Sander’s Paul the Convert. He also interviews John Barclay on Paul and the Gift at the Kingdom Roots podcast.

Craig Keener discusses if Paul was a Roman citizen or not (Video).

Marg Mowczko reflects on the responsibilities of husbands outline in Ephesians 5.

Vicky Balabanski responds to Richard Fellows’ critique of her argument regarding the destination of Paul’s letter to Philemon.

Jeremy Bouma outlines Michael Bird’s five reasons why Paul might have written Romans.

General NT

Anthony LeDonne considers the analogy between chess and Apocalypticism.

On Valentine’s Day, Brian Small provided links to a number of downloadable articles on Hebrews.

Dustin Martyr reflects on the identity of the ‘Spirits in prison’ in 1 Peter 3:19.

Christopher Skinner looks at ethics in Johannine literature in a three part (and ongoing) series: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

Ben Witherington III continues his series on Child’s struggle to understand Isaiah as Christian scripture: Part Eleven | Part Twelve | Part Thirteen | Part Fourteen | Part Fifteen

Reading Phil Long

In honor of Phil Long’s prodigious blogging output and management of Biblical Studies Carnivals, I dedicate an entire section of this forum to the celebration of his writing.

Leaving Elementary Teachings Behind (Heb. 6:1-3) | Hebrews 6 and Eternal Security | Is It Really Impossible? (Heb. 6) | The Christ, the Unblemished Sacrifice (Heb. 9:11-22) | Running the Race (Heb. 12:1-3) | To the Twelve Tribes of the Diaspora (James 1:1) | Which James? | Is James Pseudonymous? | Was James a Believer Before the Resurrection? | The Rich and the Poor in James | James and the Wisdom of Sirach | Why Rahab? (James 2:25-26) | Is 1 Peter Addressed to Jewish or Gentile Christians? | Suffering and Salvation (1 Pet. 1:3-5) | Imperishable, Undefiled, and Unfading (1 Pet. 1:4) | A Salvation Kept in Heaven (1 Pet. 1:5) | Jesus is the Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:4, 6-8) | Submit to the Government? (1 Pet. 2:11-17)

Early Christianity

Michael Bird and Bart Ehrman (along with Larry Hurtado, Simon Gathercole, Dale Martin, and Jennifer Knust) discuss How Jesus Became God at the Greer-Heard forum (Video). If you haven’t seen this video, add it to your watching/listening list today.

Greg Gilbert wrote an article debunking silly statements about the Bible. But Peter Head (at Evangelical Textual Criticism) and Robert Marcello (via Daniel Wallace’s blog) took issue with Gilbert’s claims.

Michael Kruger takes on the Bauer thesis with some questions about heretical bishops in the second century.

Theology and Hermeneutics

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones offers three responses to the question of for whom is prayer?

Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman writes on what the Torah says about seeing God.

Building from his recent series on John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift, Richard Beck considers the perfections of grace in Calvinism, Arminianism, and Universalism.

W. Travis McMaken makes some astonishing discoveries about the guilty pleasures of theologians on Twitter.

At Patheos, J.R Daniel Kirk writes on why he is still a Christian.

Writing at Jesus Creed, Joe James offers a three-part series on why the church should weep: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

King James (Jim West) offers an appropriately humble recounting of what famous theologians have said about his commentary.

Book Reviews

Nicholas Moore looks at Albert Vanhoye’s A Different Priest: The Epistle to the Hebrews.

William Hart Brown examines Yair Lorberbaum’s In God’s Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism.

Brian Renshaw provides an abridged reading guide to Barclay’s Paul and the Gift.

Jacob Prahlow reviews John Gager’s Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul.

Sarah Rollens and Daniel Ullucci offer two reviews of Risen at the Marginalia Review of Books.

Resources and Tools

Beth Allison Barr offers advice on how to interview better for prospective graduate students.

At Crux Sola, Nijay Gupta is running a highly informative series titled “How I Do Research.” Check out his interviews of Michael Bird, Michael Gorman, James D.G. Dunn, and David A. deSilva.

King James highlights the fantastic resource that are Brill’s MyBooks.


Larry Hurtado reminds young scholars of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise deadline fast approacheth (applications due 31 May).

Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ Conference

The British New Testament Conference Call for Papers

Some encouragement to join the Catholic Biblical Association of America

Trinity Western University MA in Biblical Studies


Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

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