Biblical Studies Carnival, April 2017 – With a Hint of Theology and Philosophy

GENERAL BIBLICAL AND HISTORICAL STUDIES

Larry Hurtado takes a look at ‘The Form of God‘ as it appears in Philo and Paul.

The Guardian isn’t typically where I look for evidence of the existence of Jesus (nor is it strictly a blog, but this was interesting enough to merit inclusion), but Simon Gathercole presents a few of the more compelling pieces of historical evidence for Jesus.

Christianity Today interviews Mike Licona on the (seeming?) contradictions and inconsistencies in the Gospels (again, not strictly a blog, but certainly biblical-studies-related).

When did communion go from being an actual meal to a ritual meal?

Mike Bird gives a brief overview of and bibliography for the ‘continuing exile’ thesis defended most prominently by N.T. Wright.

For the beer drinkers among us: beer in Mesopotamia

Depictions of Easter in a twelfth century manuscript.

A fascinating look at negotiation in Ezra-Nehemiah, in which Bourdieu makes an appearance.

What Do Old, Dirty, Broken Pieces Of Pottery Have To Do With The Bible?

Phil Long at Reading Acts has a fine series of posts on the roots of the Jewish rebellion: Social BanditryFalse MessiahsZealots and Sicarii.

How to use secondary literature in NT research

Archaeology and Biblical Studies: Though Different Disciplines, They Are Friends

Craig Keener had some fascinating things to say about Ishmael and Abraham 

Andrew Wilson notes something interesting about Jesus being ‘handed over’

 

THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

The big news in the philosophy/religion/philosophy of religion world: Alvin Plantinga was awarded the Templeton Prize (again [again], not strictly a blog, but still). While this is a maximally great event, not everyone is pleased.

A fantastic review of Dogmatics after Barth – for the Barthians and dogmaticians among us, this will be a crucial volume.

One of my own hobby horses, the Barth Wars, gets a little bit of coverage here in this review of Reading Barth with Charity with a rejoinder by the author.

Zondervan’s Common Places blog had two fine posts on grace alone in the context of the Five Solas this month: one by Carl Trueman, one by Michael Horton.

William Lane Craig gave two great answers to to great questions in his weekly Q&A: one on the doctrine of the atonement and one on the place of Old Testament difficulties in Christian belief.

Threefold Gospel in Paul’s Letters

Do Christians really not believe in the Resurrection?

A superb look by Cassandra Farrin at Martin Luther the Man

Andrew Perriman had a number of interesting posts, including a review-series of Salvation by Allegiance Alone (this is the fourth and most recent post -I linked to this because the other posts in the series are more easily accessible from here), Jesus and violence, and a quiz on the atonement (which was very much worth taking).

OTHER

Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?

A typically perceptive post by Richard Beck: Empathy and the Kingdom: Part 1, What Is So Bad About Empathy? (be sure to read all of the posts in this series)

UPCOMING CARNIVALS

May 2017 will be hosted by Jeff Carter

June 2017 by Cassandra Farrin

July 2017 by Reuben Rus

August 2017 by Jason Gardner

October 2017 – open! If you’re interested, get in touch with Phil Long

November 2017 – Jim West

December 2017 – Jennifer Guo

Thanks for stopping by – if there’s anything I missed (and I’m sure there is) then please feel free to link in the comments!

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