Jul 15, 2017

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini, and Bruce Metzger, eds.
The Greek New Testament with Dictionary
Reviewed by Timothy A. Brookins

Herbert W. Basser with Marsha B. Cohen
The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-Based Commentary
Reviewed by Akiva Cohen

Martin Leuenberger, ed.
Reviewed by Bob Becking

Jack R. Lundbom
Jeremiah: Prophet Like Moses
Reviewed by Samuel Hildebrandt

Robert D. Miller II, ed.
Between Israelite Religion and Old Testament Theology: Essays on Archaeology, History, and Hermeneutics
Reviewed by Ryan P. Bonfiglio

B. J. Oropeza
Exploring Second Corinthians: Death and Life, Hardship and Rivalry
Reviewed by Elliott C. Maloney, OSB
Reviewed by Adam White

Christopher R. Seitz
Reviewed by Devin L. White

Joan E. Taylor, ed.
Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and His Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Reviewed by Brian LePort

Risto Uro
Ritual and Christian Beginnings: A Socio-cognitive Analysis
Reviewed by Maria Karyakina

Jul 14, 2017

Staff Bios

Thom Rainer has some good suggestions here on six things to include in church staff bios. I think this would also relate to faculty bios as well.

Jul 13, 2017

Archaeological Conservation

During my recent participation at the Tel Gezer dig, I learned that what is uncovered must either be protected or conserved. So sometimes what is uncovered is re-covered to protect it. In other cases, what has been exposed is left exposed. In such instances, conservation or preservation is undertaken. In this post, Leen Ritmyer gives an excellent explanation of what is involved in conservation and his involvement at Tel Shiloh.

Jul 12, 2017

Fly Through Animation of Ai (Khirbet el-Maqatir)

Fly Through Animation of the fortress of Ai based on the archaeological excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

The Corruption of Biblical Studies?

This essay does a decent job in pointing out the tensions between religious and academic studies of the Bible and how the latter is not as agenda driven as the former. As the subtitle points out, the "Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions."

HT: Rob Bradshaw

Jul 11, 2017

Five “Fake News” Stories Related to Early Christianity

Michael Kruger identifies five “fake news” stories that many people believe about early Christianity here.

Jul 10, 2017

Project Habakkuk

This story might need to be put in the bizarre file, but you can read about a secret proposal called "Project Habakkuk," to build aircraft carriers out of ice during WW II.

Jul 9, 2017

Tandy Archaeological Museum Honored with 2017 Best of Fort Worth Award

You can read this story about the Tandy Archaeological Museum here. I visited the Tandy museum a few years ago but it sounds like I need to make a return visit. The museum has a decent website here and you can view photos of the collections here.