Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

A Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus, production, the January 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival is up. Jim has done a very good job bring together both the abnormally interesting and the just plan abnormal in the field of Biblical studies from the last month. Give it a read.
Jim does make on observation about which I cannot resist comment. “I don’t think Duane is as much a Finkelstein-ian as I am.” While I can’t read Jim’s mind, I’d guess that he is correct about this. I am not any kind of a Finkelstein-ian or, as far as I am consciously aware, any other kind of –ian. I work hard to avoid being an –ian. In this I likely fail but not for want of trying. I do think Finkelstein is the most provocative serious archaeologist currently working in the southern Levant. His work cannot and should not be avoided or reflexively dismissed. Is he always right? I very much doubt it. While several prominent archaeologists agree with him, as far as I can tell, a truly meaningful scholarly consensus has not emerged around his most provocative views. But he does not let his many critics off easily. What I like most about him is that he moves the conversation along and that is what makes the archaeological conversation so abnormally interesting.