Dear J.D.G.Dunn Subscriber,
I have been asked off list what, if any, protocols participants are
expected to abide by. So before the Seminar officially begins, I'd like
to take this opportunity to list them here.
1. Keep your contributions relevant to the List's focus. As has been
noted in the recent announcement, this the question of the character of
the oral tradition that stands behind the written Gospels and what the
orality of that tradition means when considering the issue of the
transmission of the Jesus tradition.
2. When arguing a point, adhere to standard scholarly methodologies for
doing so. Exegesis should always (at least initially) be grounded in the
historical critical methodologies.
3. Contributors who are not professional scholars should note that the
academic nature of the Dunn Seminar demands that exegesis and
discussion of the meaning of any ancient text that is adduced as
evidence for a given argument on issues or points under discussion must
always be based on that text's original language and wording and not on
a, or any particular, translation of that text.
Postings which attempt to make claims about the meaning or import of
ancient text solely on the basis of a translation of that text are
4. Identify yourself at the end of each message by your full name as
well as your institutional affiliation (if any), and your homage, if
applicable. You may wish to insure that your signature is an automated
part of any message you send to the Seminar. This can easily be done in
through the "preferences" button in most e-mail programs.
5. Pseudonyms in signatures or unsigned messages are not acceptable.
6. Be courteous to all others. You may disagree with someone, but do not
be disagreeable. Please avoid all personal criticisms. Never stoop
someone personally, but always keep your comments objective and
7. Never post messages with enclosures (attachments). If you have
something you need to attach to your message, convert the attachment to
plain text and included it in regular e-mail
8. If you are spring-boarding from another post or replying to a message
from Professor Dunn, quote only the relevant parts of messages which
form the basis of your message. Seminar participants will better
understand your point if you do not quote items that are not directly
relevant to your message.
9. Proof read your messages before sending them. Show consideration for
your readers by observing ordinary conventions of spelling,
capitalization, sentence construction, paragraphing, and
10. Please include a subject heading that is relevant to the content of
your message. Messages which are headed "question for Professor Dunn" or
something similar are unhelpful. And If you are responding to a topic
that was a minor aspect of a previous message, please change the
subject heading to reflect what you are now addressing.
11. Non-academic contributions of any kind are not appropriate on the
Dunn Seminar. Thus, posts which intend to advance or discuss personal
religious experiences or modern sectarian or political agendas are
completely inappropriate--as are personal messages and commercial
advertisements--and will not be permitted.
Remember: All questions should be sent to the following address:
To contact the Dunn Seminar moderators, write to us either through our
personal e-mail addresses:
Jeffrey B. Gibson
7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
Chicago, Illinois 60626
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