Monday, 2 February 2009

top 50 blog awards

peng shyang alerted the reb to NT Wrong's blog where the top 50 blog awards for the month of january were announced. surprisingly, oldtestamentpassion.blogspot.com made it to #44, up from the previous #120 position (a jump of 76 places). ranking is calculated by the number of unique visitors the blog receives. see the explanation here.

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It’s the Biblioblog Top 50 - for the month of January 2009!

The Biblioblog Top 50 ranks each biblical studies blog, or ‘biblioblog’, by the total number of unique visitors it receives each month.

The Number One Biblioblogger this month is… James McGrath at Exploring Our Matrix!

Among the big shakers and movers for the month of January 2009 are:

* Dave Black (Dave Black Online) - up 17 places to number 4;
* J. P. van de Giessen (Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel ) - up 62 places to number 10;
* Michael Barber and Brant Pitre (Singing in the Reign) - up 31 places to number 12;
* Kevin P. Edgecomb (Biblicalia) - up 40 places to number 14;
* Flávio Souza (Ad Cummulus) - up 48 places to number 19;
* Eric B. Sowell (Archaic Christianity) - up 102 places to number 22;
* Cláudia Andréa Prata Ferreira (Língua Hebraica ) - up 83 places to number 25;
* Rob Bradshaw (Biblical Studies) - up 65 places to number 26.

There are a number of new additions to the biblioblog list this month. Alan Bandy is back to the world of biblioblogging with the second coming of Café Apocalypsis, a New Testament blog. Brian Small began a specialist biblioblog on the book of Hebrews, Polumeros kai Polutropos, and he has been trying to work out who wrote it ever since (but surely it is clear that it comes from the hand of a young Valentinus?). James Tabor has commenced a new blog (Tabor Blog), restricting his earlier blog, The Jesus Dynasty to discussion of issues directly connected with his book of the same name. I also decided to add a couple of older blogs that have a fair bit of biblical studies material, such as John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive, Richard H. Anderson’s Dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos, and Leo Quix’s The Quixotic Infidel. And I have belatedly discovered Matthew Lanser’s Havel Havalim and Peter M. Lopez’s Beauty of the Bible. January sadly marked the end of the highly entertaining Guild of Biblical Minimalists blog (yet, did it ever exist?). Also sadly departed are J. K. Gayle (Aristotle’s Feminist Subject and, briefly, The Wombman’s Bible), ElShaddai Edwards (He Is Sufficient), and whoever Job’s female companion was (Voice of Iyov).

In addition, January saw the publication of the first academic book about bibliobloggers:

James Crossley, Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century ( Equinox, 2008 )

for the top 50 list, read on in the link below:

http://ntwrong.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/biblioblog-top-50-january-2009/

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to the query by daVinci in peng shyang's blog that the reb is discussing more on politics than the OT and how can his blog be then considered a bibleblog, read the reb's full reply below:

you can note that michael heiser's blog at #6 position also discusses UFO's!!! in fact, a lot of biblebloggers discuss all sorts of other interesting stuff in their blogs.

anyway, the reb discusses politics and other related stuff simply because in the OT, we do not compartmentalize life into simple neat boxes. from the OT's perspective, all of life comes under God. hence, to discuss politics is to discuss a valuable component of what the OT has to say.

look at all the 8th century BC prophets (Isaiah, Micah, Amos, Hosea). you can't but read their stirring indictments on the political scene of 8th century BC Israel and Judah. likewise, the 7th and 6th century prophets like Jonah, Habbakuk, Nahum, Joel, and Jeremiah. even the post-exilic prophets of Haggai and Zechariah has something to say about the political rulers like Zerrubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest.

the reb in commenting on the current socio-politico-economical climate of the country of malaysia is doing exactly what an OT prophet would be doing - to be a socio-commentator with the scriptures on one hand and the newspaper/TV/blogs on the other.

if the reb only speak purely about the OT as found in the ancient documents, then he is out of place and out of touch and perhaps irrelevant to the current situation. people need to hear what the OT has to say about current needs and how the OT can provide a relevant response.

1 comment:

Perng Shyang said...

Congratulation again!