An Online Carnival for Biblical Studies

Every month, a designated blogger writes “the Biblical Studies Carnival,” a summary with links to some of the previous month’s best blog posts about the Bible and biblical studies. Some of the bloggers whose posts are highlighted are established scholars and professors, and some are not. Whoever they are, they are eligible because they write about the Bible and biblical scholarship with academic concerns at the forefront.

This month, Doug Chaplin wrote the 48th Biblical Studies Carnival on his blog. His carnival begins with links to digital resources from highly resourceful people, and he moves on to introduce blog posts about archaeology, the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, the New Testament, commentaries, translation, and many other topics. He also links to several posts about the Society of Biblical Literature’s national conference in New Orleans just before Thanksgiving.

New Orleans: Scene on Canal Street during a Carnival parade (Wikimedia Commons)

I think that anyone who enjoys reading biblical studies blogs (also called “biblioblogs”) hopes to discover something new in a Biblical Studies Carnival. And most of these people, I suspect, are interested in seeing which of their favorite bloggers and blog posts from the past month were included and overlooked.

For instance, I was happy to discover Joel Hoffman’s review of a book by Gary A. Anderson, who was one of my doctoral advisors. Anderson’s recent book is Sin: A History (Amazon link). And I was glad to see Karyn Traphagen’s and Chris Heard’s contributions highlighted among bloggers and posts that I enjoyed reading in November. The one post that I looked for but couldn’t find was Derek Leman’s “What is Historical Criticism?” How about you?

Title page of Histoire critique du vieux testament by Richard Simon, published in 1685 by Reinier Leers at Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Wikimedia Commons)

So check out the 48th Biblical Studies Carnival. First, though, here’s a tip that might help, depending on which browser you use. When reading the post, “right click” on the links to open them in new tabs or new windows. Or even better, use your mouse wheel, if you have one, to quickly open links in new tabs without leaving the carnival. Then, after every section, you can click on the tabs and quickly review the blogs to find the ones that interest you the most.

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