Biblical Studies Carnival 175 for September 2020

by | Oct 1, 2020 | Biblical Studies Carnival | 5 comments

September is over, biblio-blogging’s still alive. 
Let’s celebrate with Carnival Number One Seventy-Five.

It was September ‘91 that Dr. Suess died, 
In his memory, this rhyming carnival I tried.  

Have a ball. Scroll down. Scroll up.
Enjoy a blogging assortment in one handy rollup.


A cavity was discovered that could’ve been real neat,
Guess we’ll never know since it’s been filled with concrete. 
A Tantalizing Discovery on the Temple Mount
Temple Mount Sifting Project

You can read about archaeology in this fascinating description—
how they discovered Jerusalem’s earliest Proto-Canaanite inscription
Precursor to Paleo-Hebrew Script Discovered in Jerusalem, Robin Ngo

Photo credit: TZVI JOFFRE

More archaeology. Digging in Israel, it’s inevitable,
You’ll uncover something old—something ancient like a capital. 
Capital Importance: Ancient Judean Capitals Discovered
Bible Study with Randy, Randy McCracken

Image source: Illustrated London News (1 October 1949), p. 493.

Two Qumran excavators have not been recognized duly,  
Brent Nongbri has pictures of Mustafa and Asuli.
Two Unheralded Excavators of Cave 1 at Qumran
Variant Readings, Brent Nongbri

Lebanon has a find that will no doubt impress. 
They found what’s now their oldest wine press. 
2,600-year-old Phoenician winery discovered on Lebanese coast
The Jerusalem Post, Zachary Keyser

New Testament

Fr. Sanberg reports it’s ten years we should expect,
Before we see Maurice’s commentary on the Byzantine text. 
Update: Byzantine Textual Commentary, Thomas Sandberg

Tim Mitchell has an article on textual corruption, 
You can read it in December without pecuniary disruption. 
Exposing Textual Corruption at JSNT
The Textual Mechanic, Tim Mitchell

Do you feel like the field of female Bible scholars is barren?
Laura Martin recommends a 1 Peter commentary by Karen (Jobes). 
Reading through a Bible commentary…practical insight from First Peter
Enough Light, Laura Martin

Curious about textual criticism and not sure where to start?
You should try Wallace, Jongkind, Metzger and Bart (Ehrman).
Answering a Question I Get All the Time: The Places to Start in Studying New Testament Textual Criticism 
By Faith We Understand, Mark Ward

Speaking of Ehrman, learn how he got his position.  
This one’s not paywalled? It’s free admission?  
The Tragedy Behind My Teaching Position
The Bart Ehrman Blog: The History & Literature of Early Christianity

Credit: Brent Niedergall

Were lepers really shunned? Were they unclean?
Of course! Contrasting Jesus with Pharisees sets the scene.  
Were Lepers Considered Unclean in the Bible? Matthew 8:1–2
Reading Acts, Phil Long

Hebrew Bible/LXX

James might have to save every Bible number for heaven,
But he’s noticed something cool about Judges and eleven!
Counting with God: What Do Numbers in the Bible Really Mean?
Desiring God, James Bejon

Make use of the Masorah. It’s something you should do!
This excellent post will help a ton. But you’ll need BHQ
Introduction to the Masorah | The Masorah of Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ)
Ancient Jew Review, David Marcus

What happens when King James and Bob collate?
Learn an important lesson from Psalm 78.
Set up your folly in God (Psalm 78)
Dust, Bob MacDonald

Let’s not neglect to give Gary a nod, 
He offers a theory to ID Nimrod. 
Who Is Nimrod? An Answer
Bible, Myth, and History, Gary Greenberg

A critical scholar gives way too much credit 
To a hypothetical scribe and a creative edit. 
The Binding of Isaac, a Sacred Legend for the Jerusalem Temple, Romi Arav

Researchers on literacy in ancient Judah suggest
it was surprisingly high. Read about their test.
Study confirms widespread literacy in biblical-period kingdom of Judah, Tel Aviv University

Credit: Brent Niedergall

Joseph’s coat. Have we gotten it wrong?
Then what about that Tim Rice/Lloyd Webber song?
What Color was Joseph’s Many-Colored Coat?


Continuation or cessation? It’s an evangelical rift.
Bob reviews a book that claims signs are still a gift. 
Review: The Holy Spirit, Robert C. Trube

Jim and Donald—Look, Look,
They have a contract to write a book!
Exciting News: We Have a New Book in the Works
Zwinglius Redivivus, Jim West

Can you trust the gospel if you can’t trust the exodus? 
I wouldn’t trust it. But see what Alex says about this. 
Does the theology of the Gospel depend on the history of the Exodus?
Scribes of the Kingdom, Alex Finkelson

Another Alex loves ethics, although he’s an engineer, 
His enthusiasm should inspire you and bring you some cheer.  
My Winding Journey into Ethics
What the Gospel Demands, Alex Strasser

Test the spirits. See this series by Bobby.
Denying God is Satan’s profession and hobby. 
Test the Spirits (Part 6)
The Library Musings, Bobby Howell

Want to knock your blog’s analytics out of the park?
Here’s a tip. Try titling posts with a question mark. 
What Kind of Blog Post Titles Get Read Most?, Stephen Bedard

The Bible is literature, but it’s also Holy Writ, 
That means it’s theological, and not merely lit. 
Is Scripture Literature?, Caleb Keith

After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity by [David P. Gushee]

Gorden reviews Gushee, an author skeptical 
Of orthodoxy and the white evangelical.  
Book Review Part III After Evangelicalism. The Path to a New Christianity, David P Gushee
Living Wittily, Jim Gordon

Thanks for reading. Hope the carnival’s been fun. 
If you have a blog. You should try one!

A carnival a month is the Internet’s will. 
Help keep the machine going and contact Phil.  

(Email him at or on Twitter at @plong42.)

There are only volunteers for the next coming two. 
And every month we say, “We need you.” 

October Biblical Studies Carnival #176 (Due November 1): Jim West of Zwinglius Redivivus

November Biblical Studies Carnival #177 (Due December 1): Bobby Howell of the Library Musings

Featured Image Credit: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

The first draft of this carnival was so so and ho hum.
Thanks for all the suggestions, Joey McCol-lum. 

Brent Niedergall

Pastor, Grammarian, Runner

Brent Niedergall, MDiv, is Chief Editor at Positive Action for Christ in Whitakers, North Carolina. He’s gone to war in Afghanistan, felled towering trees, and parsed Greek verbs.


  1. Jim West


    nice work! fun theme!

    • Brent Niedergall

      An honour coming from you, Jim. Thanks! =)

  2. Bob MacDonald

    Love it. I am glad you got Bart’s story, such a one as moved even me.

    • Brent Niedergall

      Thanks, Bob. Your post was equally moving. Let me know if you’re ever visiting the lower mainland!

  3. Laura Martin

    Thanks for linking to my post about the 1 Peter commentary by Karen Jobes. And I enjoyed perusing the other links you have shared.

Brent Niedergall