I accept the decision of the moderators that HMt should no longer be
discussed on this list. Certainly, I was often surprised at the strong
emotions this intriguing document has evoked in various listmembers.
Seeing that HMt appears to be so controversial, indeed perhaps it is a
good idea to spare its mention to those people who feel such strong
aversion to it.
But some people, perhaps a few, may also be curious enough to wish to
learn more about this unusual document and its background, and/or to
discuss it further. So the reason I'm writing this message is to suggest
setting up a separate listserv to discuss HMt and its place in history.
As Stephen Carlson wrote,
"Further discussion relating to Shem-Tob's Hebrew Matthew
is to be made off-list"
So why not? Anybody interested? We don't need to take this thing to
private email, since it is pretty easy to set up a new public mailing list
nowadays. I can easily set up a site at Findmail, for example, and the
discussion can continue there.
I propose that the new mailing list should be dedicated to scientific
discussion only. Unsupported assertions and opinions are to be avoided.
Also, all personal comments should be avoided as much as possible.
I propose to call the new list "Hebrew Matthew Synoptic List" (HMS-L). The
subject matter of this list will be HMt, its possible relationships to the
Synoptic gospels and to Jn, and its historical and social setting. All
other suggestions and ideas are welcome. I invite to this list Jack, Bob,
Jeffrey, and all the other posters who expressed interest in HMt already.
In fact I'm quite interested to discuss further Jack's theory about who
may have authored this document, and I would like to answer some of the
objections raised by Jeffrey. I also have done some further library
research already, and would like to share it with others.
So if enough interest is expressed, we can go ahead with this new project.
Please write to me privately and tell me what you think.
Yuri Kuchinsky -=O=- http://www.trends.ca/~yuku
The goal proposed by Cynic philosophy is apathy, which is
equivalent to becoming God -=O=- Julian