I am coming out of a semi-blogging retirement to do this carnival. Quick update: I am working several jobs (I’m a pastor at Imprint and publicist for Lexham Press), am in seminary (Western), and with any free time I have left, I am slowly working on a few books. I have a few ideas for the future of the blog, but everything is moving very slowly!

If you have juggled jobs, school, ad a young family before, then you know how time is short. So without further ado, let’s get to it so I can get back to work!

I apologize in advance that this is a little more sparse than I would have liked.

Update on Larry Hurtado

To begin the carnival on a somber note, Larry Hurtado has posted that his leukemia has reactivated after 9 months of remission. He’s taking an indefinite break from blogging and scholarship as “I am now fully occupied with exploring various arrangements for the situation and aftermath of my death on my wife and others.” Nick Norelli reacted with a personal appreciation of Hurtado, including some personal correspondence.

Hebrew Bible / Old Testament / “Most of the Bible”

 Richard Rohlfing over at theLAB recapped Durham’s New Song Conference on Hebrew poetry.

Karen Engle at the LogosTalk blog presented six recent archaelogical discoveries that affirm details in scripture.

Peter Gentry has finished his 20-year project new critical edition of Ecclesiastes for the Gӧttingen Septuaginta Series (which began in 1908!). John Meade posted about it and provided a preview on the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog.

Randy McCracken discusses whether Ziklag has been discovered.

Gary Greenberg raises questions about the undiscovered books that Old Testament authors reference, what he calls “God’s footnotes.” If these were discovered, should they be considered canonical?

New Testament

Over at theLab, Nijay Gupta recommended commentaries on 2 Corinthians and Galatians.

The recordings from the THINK 2019 conference on Revelation are now available.

Book News and Reviews

Domain Thirty-Three (the blog of Stanley Porter and David Yoon) announced Linguistics and the Bible: Retrospects and Prospects, taken from the 2016 Bingham Colloquium.

Phil Long at ReadingActs managed to review Goldingay’s OT ethics, The Paradox of Happiness, Christ Above All, The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Jesus in Jerusalem, A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith,A Proverb a Day in Biblical Hebrew, and release a book too! I’m struggling to even finish this blog posts.

Spencer Robinson reviewed Kevin Vanhoozers Hearers & Doers, the only remaining theology book that he had not read, and has now started his quest to read and review every children’s book ever written.

Randy McCracken reviewed Authorized.

The second edition of Nijay Gupta‘s Prepare, Succeed, Advance is now out.

The slacker over at My Digital Seminary did nothing.


Paul Henebury continues to outline his Biblical Covenantalism viewpoint, contrasting his view with Dispensationalism.

James Bejon continues to not understand what Twitter is for, with glorious results.

Mike Bird posts about Markus Barth (the son of Karl), including some videos from a 2018 conference at Princeton.

Larry Hurtado—and a lot of other people!—posted about the Gospel of Mark fragment and the brouhaha that surrounded it.


Todd Scacewater interviewed Cory Marsh on dispensational hermeneutics and Sam Beirig on reading Jonah as literature on the Tool Talk podcast.

Brandon Smith interviewed the legendary Richard Bauckham about, well a lot of stuff, and John Behr about Trinitarianism.

The Bible Project continue to dominate the webz with good content and excellent interviews such as the one with Crispin Fletcher-Louis on Jesus’ self-conception.

OnScript also pumped out some excellent interviews, of which I particularly enjoyed Dru Johnson’s discussion with Ryan O’Dowd about Wisdom Literature (RIP, 2019).

Upcoming Carnivals

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