I don’t mean any offense, my gentle snowflakes, but I have come to the conclusion that you people just write too much. Why, a little while ago, whilst I endured the trials of nearly a week without internet, no fewer than 500 new messages accumulated in my Google Reader! However, you are all such a lovable bunch (well, all except Jim West), that I can never bring myself to simply mark all messages as read and ignore the pearls of wisdom with which you have chosen to adorn the blogosphere. Of these, the following recent posts stand out:
- In a topic wholly appropriate for Eschatology Week, Manuel Rojas briefly discusses whether εἰς ἀπάντησιν functions as a terminus technicus in I Thessalonians 4:17.
- The amazing John Hobbins has been writing up a storm on supernumerary Psalm 151 (LXX) and its Hebrew text(s). John’s learned commentary and signature bibliographies are truly a treat, and are always a joy to read. Read his posts on this enthralling subject here, here, here, and here.
- Nijay Gupta (to borrow Nick Norelli’s words, “one of biblioblogdom’s best and brightest”) shares his thoughts on the views of two fine New Testament scholars on two most interesting questions: Is Q Still a Hypothesis? Francis Watson Asks the Question, and Douglas Moo on the authorship of Colossians.
- Our friend Phil Sumpter masterfully lays to rest one of the more inexplicable criticisms of the canonical approach (especially as represented by the late great Brevard S. Childs) in his post, Is the canonical approach uncritical?
- In response to a query from Yours Truly, Rick Brannan has posted a thoroughly helpful resource guide to Tracking Down Similarities Between the NT and the Apostolic Fathers.
- Meanwhile, Super Kevin Edgecomb offers a wonderfully warm appreciation of the Church’s first and greatest Biblical scholar, Origen of Alexandria, entitled The Man of Steel.
- Christopher Orr alerts us to a new, excellent, and ongoing review of the lamentable Orthodox Study Bible by one R. G. Jones. His wonderful table comparing the OSB Old Testament to the Greek (which is precisely the kind of critique that I think is most necessary) reminds me that I need to get back to my examination of the OSB’s “translation” of λειτουργέω and λειτουργία!
- Over at Catholic Bibles, Tim McCormick reports that Fr Joseph Fessio, SJ, editor of Ignatius Press, has stopped by to answer some of his questions concerning the Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition. Frankly, I find Fr Fessio’s answers neither convincing nor satisfactory, but I’m glad that someone from Ignatius Press has, a long last, seen fit to share some information on the changes made for this edition.
- Fr Milovan Katanić notes that 2008 marks the centennial of Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac’s Osmoglasnik. It appears, then, that those of us who believe in the inherent superiority of Serbian chant have reason to celebrate!
- Bill Poser, one of the geniuses over at Language Log, has a fascinating post on the use of archaic English verb endings in the Book of Mormon. As one long interested in the literary features and peculiarities of that work, I was startled to see a post on this subject, and delighted to read such an informative piece.
- And finally, the Irreverend Mr Ker has crawled out of his self-imposed blogging hiatus to offer what is, by far, the best post-election commentary on the political involvement of US Christians: Why American Christians look so stupid and what you can do about it.