Re: [GTh] Carlson on GThomas
- Many thanks for your note, Judy. I see that you've now posted
a fine entry to your blog: http://judyredman.wordpress.com/
Thanks also to Mark Goodacre for a very positive entry in his
NT blog which I just missed before my recent sojourn:
And to Andrew Bernhard, who added a gracious comment to Mark's entry.
Whether because of this publicity or not, we have had a most
welcome small flurry of new members in the last few days.
One minor correction to Mark's entry: I wasn't the original owner
of GThomas. That distinction belongs to Paul Miller, who started
the group in Dec, 1998. I was one of the original moderators, but
didn't assume ownership until after a rough six-month period during
which it was being debated (offlist and on) whether the moderators
should use a strong hand to insure scholarly content, or whether it
should be left up to peer pressure (which never works, IMO, so you
can guess which side I was on :-). Eventually, those who wanted to
discuss GTh in a non-scholarly way formed their own group
("gospelofthomas"), and ours became pretty much what it is today.
Nevertheless, since Mark's account is simpler, not too inaccurate,
and makes for a better story, it may well outlive mine! (Isn't that
how these things usually work out? :-)
- A couple of additional notes:
1. I didn't discover until this morning that Loren Rosson had also
posted an entry in his blog "The Busybody" Monday. See:
Sorry, Loren, didn't mean to slight you. BTW, his and the other blogs
mentioned earlier can be linked to from
2. Although in retrospect it seems a fine idea to invite scholars with
forthcoming Thomas papers to discuss them on our list, I have to
confess that I didn't initiate the project. The only thing I can claim
credit for was writing a rather bleak monthly report for March that
evidently moved Stephen (who is a long-time gthomas member)
to make his offer to spike up our May content. Of course, I jumped
at the offer, and am looking forward to see how it works out.
- Fellow Thomas scholars,
Thanks for all your interest in this project, which
Mike and I discussed as a way of not only promoting
this mailing list but experimenting with genre to
see what it's full potential is. I've been very
heartened by Mike's success with his innovative Regular
Contributor Program and I wanted to support his efforts
by sharing some work I'm doing the gospel of Thomas --
a document that I have been find fascinating precisely
because of the discussion here and previously on Crosstalk.
I'll start off tomorrow with an introductory excerpt
that constitutes a brief description of the paper and
where it's positioned in the discourse on the gospel of
Thomas. I'll also mention what I hope we might be able
to achieve by discussing about it, though one of the
nice things about mailing lists is that discussions
can take a life of their own.
On Monday, I'll have the first substantial excerpt from
Stephen C. Carlson
Ph.D. student, Religion, Duke University
Author of The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith's Invention of Secret Mark (Baylor, 2005)
- A new and important blog has had some very complimentary
things to say the last several days. The blog is 'gospels.net'
and is run by my long-time internet friend Andrew Bernhard.
Actually, Andrew started his blog in January, but up until April
30th had been occupied with creating a basic library, which is
why I had put off adding his blog to my links. On April 30th,
however, Andrew's blog was unexpectedly listed as #22 in the
top 50 biblioblogs for April, causing him (as he wrote to me)
to accelerate his schedule for blog development. Consequently,
I've now added gospels.net to my blog links, positioned along
with DeConick's and Redman's blogs as those having strong
Thomas content. This is not only because of the aforementioned
entries relative to Carlson on GThomas, but more basically
because gospels.net is described as "an online resource dedicated
to the Gospel of Thomas and other early Christian Gospels", which
indicates ongoing strong Thomas content.