Welcome to the Biblical Studies Carnival! Although this edition covers April 2022, the theme is Star Wars since May 4th (Star Wars Day) is almost upon us. If you’re tempted to complain that it’s light on links, you can enjoy the density of decent memes. Join Darth Vader, Peter Gentry, Claude Mariottini, Mike Vlach, Yoda, Jim West, Princess Leia, and more for a spectacular Star Wars Biblical Studies Carnival!
BBC News reported that a farmer in Gaza found a 4,500-year-old statue of a Canaanite goddess.
I don’t think I knew that Mike Vlach even had a blog until now. But he does! And he’s been posting off and on for years. Here’s a new post of his called “Genesis 1 and the Roots of Premillennialism.”
Claude Mariottini lists books mentioned in the OT that have not survived in his post, Books I Would Like to Read. He also present a rebuttal to a New York Times essay with his own essay entitled “Killing the God of Passover.”
Over at The Olive Branch, Jim Eisenbraun interacts with another author’s treatment of the Naaman story in 2 Kings 5.
We may not have a clue where Noah’s Ark is, but archaeologists found something kind of close to Utnapishtim’s boat! Find out more from Nathan Steinmeyer over at Bible History Daily.
Bob MacDonald, avid OT blogger, reflects on 12 years of posting in Looking back 12 years.
Philip Boyes shared The Social Context of Writing in Ancient Ugarit over at asor.org. Hedwig Schmalzgruber also shared When ‘Dumb’ Beasts Raise Their Voices: Speaking Animals in Ancient Graeco-Roman and Near Eastern Literature.
Tommy Wasserman reports the happy news of a loose leaf now reunited with its lectionary. You should read Donation of a Manuscript Leaf (L1663) to the Goodspeed Collection.
Phil Long wrote an insightful post noting a “remarkable parallel” between Jesus’ quotation of Psalm 118:22 and the Aramaic Targum. Check out Who Is the Stone the Builders Rejected? Matthew 21:40–45.
(HT: Gary Manning)
Jim West, in this unusually long post, gives us another reason to love Melanchthon. (Note: That is not Jim West in the picture above. Nor is that Jim West in the picture below. )
Book Reviews: Bible Translation Edition
Mark Ward makes videos on Bible translation. This one—part of a series on the Passion Translation—came out March 31. Technically not in April, but I wanted to make this meme below.
Speaking of Bible translations, Ben Witherington posted Recently Revised Translations (that do not have the name King James in their titles).
Daniel Silliman from Christianity Today also wrote on the New NRSV in this article: Levites, Whores, and Demoniacs: Here’s How the New NRSV Has Changed.
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Thanks for reading. May your original texts and lexicons always be with you!