Biblical Studies Carnival II

Tyler at Codex will be hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Though he’d prefer to focus on related blog posts from January 2006, since it is the case that the last Biblical Studies Carnival was in April 2005, essentially any relevant post since then is fair game for nomination/submission in the category of a roundup of 2005 (including anything found on this blog, which only began in late November 2005). I won’t nominate anything of my own, so if anyone wanted to do that, please feel free. I would, however like to nominate some blog posts that I found particularly informative and well-written, and which I find to be particularly fine examples of using the format of the blog as a succinct and efficient method of the dissemination of knowledge.

Tyler’s own post A Step-by-Step Reconstruction of the New Leviticus Fragments was beautifully done, showing how far we have come in being able to produce some greatly helpful reconstructions with computer resources available at home. See especially the images he produced showing a reconstruction of the columns of Eshel’s Leviticus fragment. Very nice!

Joe Cathey (lū šalmāta!) has a post that I found very helpful regarding some things I’d been looking into recently: Tel Dan – A Response, among a series of other posts discussing the Tel Dan Stela specifically and historiographic issues generally. (Please note that unfortunately all the links mentioned in those posts to Jim West’s Biblical Theology blog are no longer active, as he recently deleted that blog, so we now have only half of the conversation in the case of some posts.) Joe is also a very supportive and encouraging person, and could use such support and encouragment right about now. Remember him for the betterment of his and his daughter’s health in your prayers, whatever form they may take. (Yes, that is an imperative verb.)

Chris Heard’s Ah, Merneptah! is a very nice summary of a multi-contributor series of posts dealing with ways to read the Merneptah Stela, with Chris’ important and insightful rejoinders. This type of post is something that he is especially good at.

Last but not least, Phil Harland’s fascinating and enjoyable History of Satan is yet another excellent series of posts on his very, very useful, and highly informative blog. He covers various forerunners/contributors to the depiction of the character Satan throughout literary history, with the glaring, yet understandable, ommission of my 7th grade physical education teacher….

I’ll be sending at least those in, if not also a few others. It could be seen as quite distressing that I can only recall these as really striking posts and they all date from within the last few months. On the contrary, I tend to think of it as quality overload. The blogs I regularly read are so consistently filled with quality posts, I find that choosing the “best of” is rather akin to having to choose one’s favorite child. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!