The goal of the Biblical Studies Carnival is to showcase the best of weblog posts in the area of academic biblical studies. By "academic biblical studies" we mean:
- Academic: Posts must represent an academic approach to the discipline of biblical studies rather than, for instance, a devotional approach. This does not mean that posts have to be written by an academic, PhD, or professor -- amateurs are more than welcome! Nor does it mean that posts must take a historical critical approach -- methodological variety is also encouraged.
- Biblical Studies: Broadly focused on discipline of biblical studies and cognate disciplines, including Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Christian Origins/New Testament, Intertestamental/Second Temple literature (e.g., LXX, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Josephus, etc.), Patristics, Biblical Criticisms and Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies and popular culture, among other things.
In addition, the Biblical Studies Carnival also serves to highlight a variety of blogs -- from well known to lesser known. All blogs are welcome to submit relevant posts to the Carnival. In this way a Carnival is an excellent way to let others know about a blog you frequent or gain new readership to your own blog.
A) Linguistics, Text and Translation
B) Hebrew and Judaic Studies
C) New Testament and Early Church
D) Biblical Theology
E) Books and Resources
And lo and behold, under section B, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, two items from this blog are listed, two posts on the Book of Esther I put up last month. Needless to say I'm quite chuffed. Thank you, James, for including me. So check it out. He's put up heaps of interesting stuff, And he's also got a dazzlingly gorgeous smile. What a shame he's a husband.
And then checking back from the Codex carnival mainpage I find that Jottings gets a reference on the Biblical Studies Carnival XXXIX over at Dr Platypus, Darrell Pursifull's blog. As befits the Carnival there's heaps of good stuff there too, so be sure to check it out. But no photos of Darrell, I'm afraid, so, alas, there'll be no dazzling smiles to distract you on that site.