The Weekly Roundup – 10.4.19

  • The September 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival is here and was put out by Phil Long, the curator of the carnival in general. There’s a lot of good stuff to be found so I won’t waste my time going through it all. Click on the link and enjoy! And if you’re a blogger who would like to host a Carnival, please contact Phil at
  • Ben Sheppard has an interesting piece on college football and evangelicalism over at the Martin Marty Center’s website. Given the exploitation of college football players at the hands of both the institutions they play for and the NCAA in general, how do so-called evangelical coaches square this injustice with their faith? Sheppard’s answer is that they don’t need to because, as far as they are concerned, such injustices don’t exist: “I don’t think that [Clemson head coach Dabo] Swinney’s Christianity causes him to ignore the massive inequality from which he benefits. But I do think that if Swinney is a consistent evangelical, then the possibility of considering material conditions will be excluded. It won’t even exist to be ignored,” he writes.
  • Over at, Kenneth Seeskin (PhD, Yale University) asks the question, “When did the Bible become monotheistic?” Surveying a swath of biblical texts, Seeskin arrives at the conclusion that it is Second Isaiah who starts laying the groundwork for biblical monotheism and philosophical monotheism in the Jewish and Christian tradition. But you’ll need to read Seeskin’s piece to get a fuller picture of how he gets there.
  • Does Martha, the sister of Lazarus, belong in the Gospel of John? According to Elizabeth Schrader, probably not. Schrader examined numerous manuscripts of the Gospel of John and found numerous problem areas that suggest Mary Magdalene’s role in the Gospel of John was downplayed by turning her into two people: Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus. In so doing, early Christians got rid of the problem of Mary Magdalene’s high status in the early church. I’m eager to see what more research on the subject yields.
  • @AlchemistNon alerted me to an old blog post by @A_Pasta_Sea which deals with presuppositional apologetics entitled “Presuppositional Atheism?” It is both hilarious and poignant, showing that presuppositional apologetics is certainly not an epistemology and is barely an apologetic. Excellent stuff!

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