It’s back! The Weekly Roundup has returned from its hiatus since earlier this summer. Since I was responsible for the August 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival, I suspended work on the Roundup to prepare for that. But that has been submitted and so I’ll resume the Roundup!
- New Testament scholar Michael Kok (The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century and The Beloved Apostle? The Transformation of the Apostle John into the Fourth Evangelist) has begun a new series over on his website on the authorship of Luke-Acts. He also did this with Matthean authorship.
- Late in August, @AlchemistNon published a post on the problem of horrific suffering as it relates to Christian theism. His argument is that if the Christian God existed, then he would desire for us to experience “pure relational goods,” i.e. goods that exist without any potential for evil. Since those pure relational goods are not part of our experience, this suggests the non-existence of God. That’s a very rough summary of the piece so you should probably read it to appreciate all the ins-and-outs of his perspective.
- Larry Hurtado, whose health as of late hasn’t been great, posted recently that he is a contributor to a forthcoming volume on the historical Jesus entitled Jesus, Skepticism and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins. Hurtado’s chapter will deal specifically with the criterion of authenticity.
- Jim Majors recently did a video on the dating of the book of Daniel. It’s a pretty good summary of the issues related to the book’s dating, though the fundagelicals will hardly be satisfied.
- Bart Ehrman considers some of the literary inconsistencies in the Old Testament. And they are plentiful!