Biblical Studies Carnival 186 for August 2021

by | Sep 1, 2021 | Biblical Studies Carnival | 2 comments

Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival!

Another month, another Biblical Studies Carnival. Thanks for dropping by. Below you’ll find some excellent biblical studies material released to in the Wild West of the Internet in August 2021. Enjoy!



What’s a carnival without a game? Everyone who subscribes to my blog between now and September 30th will be entered into a drawing for one special edition full-color copy The Tale of Peter Rabbit in Koine Greek (Gorgias Press, 2021). Winner will be notified by email on 1 October 2021. (Unfortunately, US only!)


Old Testament

Allison Salvesen & The Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint

Will Ross, Septuaginta & C.

The editor of this important work on the Septuagint sat down with Will Ross to talk shop.


Translating and Interpreting

Bob MacDonald, Dust

Bob is offended and scandalized. Find out why.


Bathsheba and David

Claude Mariottini,

Who should we sympathize with? Who should we blame?


Part 1, Amos 1:5 Biblia Hebraica Quinta

Chris Dost, Biblical Language and Literature 

Christopher Dost is on YouTube studying the Biblia Hebraica Quinta. In this video on Amos 1:5 where he talks about the Masorah and critical apparatus. 


“From Texts to Scribes: Evidence for Writing in Ancient Israel”

Philip Zhakevich, Friends of ASOR

I liked this relatively simple overview of writing in ancient Israel.


Are the Arabs a Semitic People?

Gary Greenberg, Bible, Myth, And History

Gary asks, “What is a Semite?”


OT Tweet of the Month

Chris Fresch also rocked the boat of Hebrew Bible book order on Twitter.




New Testament

“Paul, the Little Person”

Isaac T. Soon, scripture.substack

Isaac asks, “How small was Paul?”


“The Legend of Zelda Translated into Ancient Greek by Fan Hack”

Tom Brown, Nintendo Wire

Image: Nintendo Wire

Wouldn’t it be great if we had video games to help teach Greek and Hebrew?


“Should I Use Greek in Preaching?”

Bobby Howell, TheophileBobby

Bobby answers the age-old question: Where do Greek and preaching intersect?


Aspectual tid-bits: οἰκοδομοῦντι & οἰκοδομήσαντι

Mike Aubrey,

Mike expands an older post on the significance of Luke’s aspectual shift in Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders.


Aurelius of Carthage: The Illiterate Church Lector and Confessor

Timothy N. Mitchell, The Textual Mechanic
In the ancient world, readers weren’t always writers.


A New Reading of Romans 2:17–29

Lionel Windsor, Forget the Channel

Lionel shares his findings of a recent Novum Testamentum article entitled “The Names Jew and the Name of God.”


The Earliest Church Fathers’ Views on Election and Predestination

Derek, DeMars, Theology Pathfinder

Derek offers his theological analysis of these doctrines according to Clement of Rome and the Apostolic Fathers.


Judaism or Judaisms?

Michael F. Bird, Word from the Bird
Michael Bird considers whether the diversity of ancient Judaism requires us to refer to it in the plural.


“How to Read an Entry in the Cambridge Greek Lexicon”

Brent Niedergall,
I wrote something very short on the Cambridge Greek Lexicon.


“A Two-Part Sermon on Romans 12”

Steve Walton, Acts and More

Steve Walton shares two videos and welcomes your comments.


NT Tweet of the Month


Book Reviews


The Resurrection of the Messiah by Christopher Bryan
Derek DeMars, Theology Pathfinder

Studying the New Testament through Inscriptions: An Introduction by David Clint Burnett
Andrew Smith, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him by Jackie Hill Perry
Kenson Gonzalez, Viviendo Para Su Gloria 

Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism by Joshua M. McNall
Robert C. Trube, Bob on Books

Opus ardum valde: A Wycliffite Commentary on the Book of Revelation
Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus


On Biblical Scholarship

Eric Rosenberry has been churning out some great interviews lately. This month he posted episodes featuring Jarvis Williams, Lynn Cohick, Deborah Forger, and Andrew King.


The good folks over at OnScript have also been busy. August saw the release of these episodes:

Dru Johnson – Biblical Philosophy

Sameer Yadav – Theology, Race, and the Mystical Tradition

Bruce Hindmarsh – The Spirit of Evangelicalism

A Final Note:

Special thanks to Phil Long (@Plong42 on Twitter) for asking me to host another Biblical Studies Carnival. Next month, Ben (@amateurexegete on Twitter) will host #187 at After that, we are host-less. If you want to host one on you’re blog, you are probably qualified. Reach out to Phil on Twitter or email him at

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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. Derek DeMars

    Great list, Brent! Thanks for the mentions.

  2. Claude F Mariottini


    Thank you for hosting the August Carnival. And thank you for mentioning my article on Bathsheba.

    Claude Mariottini

Brent Niedergall