The January 2022 Biblical Studies Carnival was published by Jim West on February 1st. There are dozens of links and so if you’re needing free reading material head on over to West’s website and check out what he rounded up for readers. (I’ll be responsible for the March carnival so “The Roundup” for April will be the Biblical Studies Carnival instead.)
Derek Lambert of Myth Vision recently conducted an interview of Harold Attridge, a noted New Testament scholar who has not only been widely published but was responsible for the Hermeneia commentary on the epistle of Hebrews. And it was about the book of Hebrews Lambert and Attridge talked. For those who don’t have access to Attridge’s commentary, this conversation makes for an excellent introduction to the epistle.
Speaking of Myth Vision. Not only did Lambert have Harold Attridge on, but he also interviewed Amy-Jill Levine to talk about a book she co-authored with Marc Zvi Brettler entitled The Bible With and Without Jesus. Levine is one of my favorite biblical scholars and this interview was a lot of fun to listen to. As she tells Lambert, Levine is a storyteller, something that comes across in both her writings and public talks.
Over on his YouTube channel, @SpartanTheologyreviews an article by Matthew Thiessen which ponders whether Jesus of Nazareth intended to start a new religion. (You can read Thiessen’s piece here.) Both Thiessen’s work and the review of it by @SpartanTheology are well worth the time it takes to consume them.
One of my favorite biblical stories comes from Genesis 11: the construction of the Tower of Babel. Dr. Kipp Davis offers an overview of that story on his channel and explains its connection with ancient Babylon and the ziggurat there. Davis does a phenomenal job weaving ancient Near Eastern history into the story the biblical text tells.