Ladies and Gentlemen,
I assume that most of you are members of the AAR and/or SBL, and that most
of you have a strong interest in the academic study of the Johannine
Literature. Many of you are also aware of my own interest in the Johannine
Jesus tradition. My observation of the discussion on this listserve
suggests that I am not alone in this interest, for several of our recent
discussions have involved the sources of FG, the Johannine Community, the
identity of the BD, and related topics.
I have been interested for some time in forming a section on the Johannine
Jesus Tradition in the Society of Biblical Literature. I would not want
this section to compete with the current Johannine Literature Section, but
to complement it by focusing on this issue. Offering an alternate forum for
such discussion would allow questions of tradition to receive the attention
they deserve without distracting from the other important issues covered in
the current Johannine Lit. group. I am thinking primarily of a section
which would meet for perhaps 5-7 years, focusing each meeting on a specific
issue relevant to the Johannine Jesus Tradition (i.e., written sources;
orality and FG; the identity of the BD; FG and the historical Jesus; traces
of tradition in the Epistles; etc.).
If you have any interest in such a section, please send an e-mail to my
personal address (tom.thatcher@...
). I don't mind if you respond
to the entire list but I don't want to clog up the list with responses.
Even a simple note which says, "yes, I'm interested," would be helpful at
this point. I would be especially interested to know if you have specific
ideas for how such a section should be structured or what issues it should
address, and whether you would be willing to help put it together or perhaps
even serve on a steering committee. If there is insufficient interest I
will not pursue it further, but if there is sufficient interest I will
approach the SBL to make a formal application.
Thanks for listening and for the always-provocative dialogue.
"The Truth Will Set You Free"