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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
Your humble host looks at five ways in which ethics have been derived from the Sermon on the Mount.
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.
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.
Craig Keener discusses if Paul was a Roman citizen or not (Video).
Marg Mowczko reflects on the responsibilities of husbands outline in Ephesians 5.
Jeremy Bouma outlines Michael Bird’s five reasons why Paul might have written Romans.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Beth Allison Barr offers advice on how to interview better for prospective graduate students.
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).