2016 in Review: Top 5 Posts

We would like to thank our readers for taking time to read and interact with the content of our blog. As we close 2016 and look back, we wanted to highlight the five posts that got the most views. In reverse order, they are:

5. Third and Final Post on Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek – This is one of a three-part review of Constantine Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015). None of the bloggers heard anything back from Campbell directly on this, except for a small interaction on Andy Naselli’s blog.

4. Who Does SBL Think It is? Get Real and Get a Life SBL! – This is regarding the initial announcement that SBL would ban IVP from having a booth at the annual meeting starting in 2017, but in fairness their final decision was to mutually agree to continue the relationship as it has been. We support that decision and think it is the right one.

3. “Did Jesus Really Exist?” and Social Memory – MacLean’s recent (at the time of the) article set off Stan and Hughson to write a response on the crazy theory that Jesus physically never existed at all. I guess people still try to argue for this!

2. A Permanent Text of the ESV Bible? They Must Be Joking – This post actually elicited the most comments so far on the blog, when the ESV committee initially decided to solidify their translation in the tradition of the KJV, to call it the Permanent Text. Again, in fairness, the committee amended their decision to allow for future revisions as they deem to be fit. In light of our post, we thought that was a good reverse decision.

1. The Shocking News of Peter O’Brien and Plagiarism: August is the Cruellest Month – This was the most viewed post on our blog of 2016. The news certainly made huge waves in the world of evangelical scholarship, and people had strong opinions one way or another. Stan’s original post was not so much to defend O’Brien, but used the occasion to critique modern commentary writing conventions, which in many ways opens doors for things like plagiarism.

We hope to post more stimulating and helpful posts in the next year. Until then, Happy New Year to all of our readers and may the peace of God be with you all!

— David I. Yoon
on behalf of Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong

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