World-Leading Gigantologist Dr Brian Doak confesses: Why Giants Turn Me On

World-leading gigantologist Dr Brian Doak
World-leading gigantologist Dr Brian Doak

World-leading gigantologist Dr Brian Doak (George Fox University) has just written an article for Bible & Interpretation entitled, “The Embarassing and Alluring Biblical Giant“.

In the article, he first discusses why biblical scholars are often embarrassed about the giants in the Bible. It has something to do with their embroilment in all sorts of odd speculations and conspiracies. For example, he mentions the long line of misguided writers, including recently Malcolm Gladwell, who have attempted to ‘diagnose’ Goliath’s giant height (a topic also discussed on Remnant of Giants).

Then Brian wonders why the Giant is – hands down – the sexiest topic in biblical studies. He comes up with five good reasons. No, macrophilia is not one of them. Do have a read!

 

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Biblioblog Carnival for April 2011 – with Giants

 

Dr. Jim Linville, on the weekend
Dr. Jim Linville, on the weekend

Jim Linville of Dr Jim’s Thinking Shop has compiled a rather fun carnival of the best in biblical studies blogging for April 2011. If you want to find out what biblical scholars found exciting last month, this is definitely the place to look.

Some highlights:

Dean[e] Galbraith made a startling discovery:  The Lead Codices were NOT Forged! They were cast, the usual way of working lead. Besides, he said, they were not hammered. As far as I am concerned, this rules out a Maccabean date.

Some guy, who claimed NOT to be Deane Galbraith (perhaps because he hasn’t got much “giant” left), sent me the links to an in depth, multipart review of “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” in Maurice Casey’s Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian’s Account of His Life and Teaching. Part One discusses how NT scholarship is dominated by conservative apologetics. Next, the empty tomb  empty tomb then  the end of Mark. The fourth instalment  looks text critically at the post-resurrection episodes and their inconsistencies. Then there is the question of whether Jesus thought of himself as the Son of Man. Sixth, the women at the empty tomb and finally, “how all of the early Christians were doing some really wicked drugs and having spaced-out visions”.

There was a bit of a ganging up on Joshua’s Genocide and Matt Flannagan who provoked the ire of Thom Stark and Deane Galbraith.

The Bible Reader Divide between the church and academy is the subject of a post by Jr. Daniel Kirk at Storied Theology. He hopes for a synergy between the two. He returns to this theme at Church and Academy Need Each Other and then again: Reading the Bible with Academy and Church. Dean[e] Galbraith seems to be of a different opinion, if his views on the InterVarsity Press are any indication.

Zondervan’s Big Bad Bible Giants, & The Boys Bible, reviewed by Deane Galbraith.

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by Maurice Casey, reviewed by Dean[e] Galbraith.

A tribute to the Bible by Christopher Hitchens is reported by Remnants of Giants. The Remaining Giant muses briefly at Greco-Biblical Comic books.

In addition, Dr. Jim alerted me to the fact that Remnant of Giants accidentally entered the despicable mainstream “popular” biblical studies blogging, in April 2011 – ranked by the Industry at number 30. But let me just say that we’re staying true to our fans, and vow to return to our regular alt.giant status in May. We’ll never sell out, man. I mean, we’re all about the credibility.

Giants in a Biblical Studies Carnival

Why look, Giants are convorting at the January 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival. Jim West of Zwinglius Redivivus gives this blog a mention:

Meanwhile, a new blog dedicated to – it seems – the HB and its ‘giants’ sprang (sprung?) forth in January.  One of its earliest offerings concerns biblical big guy Goliath in an upcoming movie.