Homepage of the Moderated Internet Group for the Academic Discussion of the Fourth Gospel and the Letters of John
abbreviated e-mail prefix [John-Lit]
"Johannine_Literature" is an on-line group dedicated
to the scholarly discussion of the Fourth Gospel and the Letters of John.
Its purpose is to provide a forum for questions and proposals relating to
the exegesis of the Johannine Literature, including its relationship with
other biblical literature, history and culture, and using any and all modern
critical tools and methods. This list is co-sponsored by the "Johannine
Literature Section" of the Society of Biblical Literature.
This moderated discussion group is intended primarily for
professional scholars, but graduate students, pastors, and others interested
in the serious academic study of the Bible are also welcome to participate,
as long as they respect the academic focus of the group. Contributors are
expected to be familiar with the sources, tools and methods used in the
critical study and exegesis of the New Testament. All subscribers must agree
to abide by the published Protocols for "Johannine_Literature."
Anyone interested in an open discussion of the Gospel
of John, including its religious dimensions and spiritual applications for
people today, is invited to join the "Gospel-of-John"
discussion group instead of this one.
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"Johannine_Literature" is an on-line forum dedicated
to the scholarly study of the Johannine Literature. Discussion should
normally center around questions of exegesis and interpretation, making
use of the wide variety of modern critical tools and methods, including
source-criticism, form-criticism, redaction-criticism, narrative-criticism,
socio-historical criticism, etc. Topics related to the relationship of
the Johannine writings with other biblical literature and history are
Occasional postings of announcements about academic conferences,
publications, internet resources, and other materials directly relevant
to the study of Johannine Literature are also welcome, as long as members
do not abuse this privilege.
Discussion related to the Greek text of the New Testament
is encouraged, and so competence in Biblical Greek will be assumed. No
particular method of transliterating the Greek alphabet will be required,
but the convention of the B-Greek
discussion group is recommended, using upper case transliteration as follows
(chart by Jonathan Robie):
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The "Johannine_Literature" online discussion group
was started in May 1999, as a successor to the previous "JohnLitr"
list, formerly maintained by Dr. Joe Gagne. It is hosted by Yahoo!Groups,
which also provides an information page for "Johannine_Literature".
Special thanks to Dr. Mark Goodacre for providing the model on which this
introductory page was based.