Captain’s Log. Stardate 8.01.08. Starship Enterprise. Cyberspace - the Final Frontier. A remote corner of the universe, thought by previous explorers to be virtually uninhabited, turns out to be teeming with life and energy. Biblical blogdom, as Lieutenant Commander Spock notes, contains its fair share of lower life forms. On rare occasions, the curve of his eyebrow has nevertheless suggested that intelligent forms of life may also be sighted, or at least cited, on roads less traveled by.
The biblical blogosphere now functions as a conveyor belt of top shelf information, and serves a purpose to which it is ideally suited whenever it highlights and reviews the growing number of online resources to which all future scholars will turn. It has become a place of great fun, where satire and humor raise hackles and deflate pretensions. It is an echo chamber of controversies that challenge the field of biblical studies and related disciplines, and beyond that, of synagogue and church. It is fast becoming a public record of controversies, a resource to which scholars will turn in the future when they write the history of these days. The number of excellent biblical blogs keeps on growing, as I pointed out a short while ago. Below the fold, I back up the above statements with copious examples from the past 31 days of biblical cyberspace, and, where necessary, from precedent months.