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  • biblicalist@yahoogroups.com
    Dec 1, 2013
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      This is an automated monthly mailing to all members of The Biblicalist of our current protocols.

      Please take a few minutes to read through them to familiarize yourself with any changes which may have occurred.

      Thank you for your membership in The Biblicalist. We hope that by all of us continuing to adhere to our protocols, the list will continue to be a good one.

      [01]Welcome to The Biblicalist, a biblical studies list of academic emphasis open to all who wish to approach the Bible in its wider context, past and present. All viewpoints and perspectives which draw on the work of scholars in biblical studies and cognate disciplines are welcome.

      [02]Topics of discussion include the interpretation of particular texts of the Bible and related literature, the background of ancient Near Eastern and Classical cultures, theological and philosophical reflections on relevant issues, and the Bible in art and literature-in general the reception of the Bible from ancient times to the present.


      [03]The following protocols are guidelines toward making this list both an effective and enjoyable forum for all participants.

      Posting Messages

      [04]Many of us believe that every human being bears the image of God. Keeping this image in mind, we should always address one another with decency and respect. This is especially the case when we disagree with someone. True tolerance can bear what another says without offence. Quite often we simply need to agree to disagree, and this is expected to be done respectfully. Keep your posts polite. Remember to remain as civil as you would be if you were speaking together face to face.

      [05]Please remember to post your name and a professional / faculty affiliation or blog address at the end of your messages. Only post using a pseudonym if you have already cleared this with the moderators. Name and email address in the header of a message are insufficient. Think of each post as a small letter to a friend, to which one must always sign one's name!

      [06]Please also remember when replying to messages to change the subject heading to reflect accurately any changes in the subject matter of your post. This is a courtesy to readers and also will make it easier for everyone to find posts and threads on a particular subject in the archives.

      [07] The goal of all our discussions here is to learn. To this end, participants must agree to constructive exchanges (where seeking to understand one another is a prerequisite), not polemical diatribes, monologues, or the riding of hobby horses.

      [08]It is important particularly for all participants to keep in mind the issue of competence. There are some very well-educated people on our list who know their subjects exceedingly well. Their learning needs to be respected, particularly if they are attempting to correct some less-informed ideas.

      [09]While we certainly encourage vigorous debate, we require that all the following be avoided: insults, value judgments ("nonsense", "rubbish"), labeling ("fundamentalist", "nihilist"), off-color language, and other rhetorical language which adds nothing substantive to a post. Our language in posting should remain courteous, especially toward those with whom you disagree.

      [10]Insulting or disruptive behavior not fit for a public forum will result in immediate expulsion from the list.

      [11]Moderators (as of 28 Feb 08)

      Stephen Carlson
      Kevin Edgecomb
      Chris Heard
      Suzanne McCarthy
      Jerry Shepherd
      Rikk Watts
      Chris Weimer
      Tyler Williams


      [12]The Biblicalist, as described above, has a wide-ranging area of subject matter, with the Bible as the central interest. Discussions of philology, textual criticism, exegesis, hermeneutics, and reception history of the Bible can be expected to be the majority. Other topics will include: the archaeology and anthropology of the Fertile Crescent and Mediterranean littoral; the study of the great civilizations of Greece and Rome and their outlying territories, and their history, literature, and archaeology; the historicity of events referred to in biblical and extra-biblical literature; ancient historiography; Rabbinic literature; and theological and philosophical discussions (not arguments!). All discussions are to be in a spirit of tolerance and with personal respect, as described above.

      [13]The list of topics we given above is a selection of core subjects that interest us, rather than an exclusive list. We welcome topics in the spirit of these, including topics that are both within academic scope but also those that touch on issues of personal faith, philosophy, art, and other subjects that will interest our diverse and broad readership. If there is any doubt as to whether a subject is acceptable, please contact a moderator before posting.

      [14]Our goal for the list is for it to be more inclusive of subject matter than exclusive.

      [15]That being said, the judgment of the moderators (all of whom are listed
      above) is final. If they decide that a subject is off-topic, then it is, and no more posts should be contributed to it.

      Technical Matters

      [16]When replying to a post, whether through the website or through your own email software, please remember to include only the precise part of someone's message that you're replying to.

      [17]Likewise, when replying to a post, please remember to delete all the links placed at the bottom of messages. These will messily pile up otherwise.

      [18]When posting quotations from Hebrew, Greek, or other languages using non-Latin alphabets, use a standard transliteration scheme (see below). DO NOT use Unicode or any other encoding of the non-Latin texts without providing a transliteration. The below standard transliteration schemes are recommended for use. Other schemes are, however, permissible.

      [19]Recommended Hebrew transliteration scheme:


      Aleph )
      Beth B
      Gimel G
      Daleth D
      Heh H
      Waw W
      Zayin Z
      Cheth X
      Teth +
      Yod Y
      Kaph K
      Lamedh L
      Mem M
      Nun N
      Samek S
      Pe P
      Ayin (
      Tsade C
      Qoph Q
      Resh R
      Sin &
      Shin $
      Tav T


      Patah A
      Qamets F
      Segol E
      Tsere "
      Hireq I
      Holem O
      Qamets Chatuf F
      Qibbuts U
      Shureq W
      Shewa :
      Hatef Patah :A
      Hatef Segol :E
      Hatef Qamets :F

      [20]Recommended Greek Transliteration scheme:

      alpha A
      beta B
      gamma G
      delta D
      epsilon E
      zeta Z
      eta H
      theta Q
      iota I
      kappa K
      lambda L
      mu M
      nu N
      xi X
      omicron O
      pi P
      rho R
      sigma S
      tau T
      upsilon U
      phi F
      chi C
      psi Y
      omega W
      rough breathing h
      iota-subscript i

      -----Accents (to follow the vowel to which they belong):

      acute /
      circumflex =
      grave \

      [21] version 1.6
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