[John_Lit] Confusion and Clarifications
- Bill Skelton wrote:
> 1) I wish to apologize to Felix and the group for my inappropriate attemptFelix' reply to all "Gospel of John" and "Johannine Literature" list members:
> at humor in reply to Felix's comments about someone sending a joke to the
> group. There may be groups that exchange jokes but I guess this isn't one
> of them.
I gladly accept Bill's public apology, and thank him for his graciousness,
but his message also created some more confusion, so let me briefly try to
The original joke (about the gender of "computer" in Hebrew), my request
(that we keep our focus on John), and Bill's retort (telling me to "lighten
up") were all posted ONLY to the academic "Johannine Literature" group.
However, his above-quoted apology was mistakenly sent ONLY to the
non-academic "Gospel of John" group.
Since he and I and others are members of BOTH the academic and the
non-academic groups, the mixup was certainly unintentional and
understandable. However, people who are members of only one of the two groups
missed out on part of the exchange, which caused some minor confusion.
And since I don't want a sour reputation (I love jokes as much as anyone
else!), let me re-emphasize the differing purposes of the two groups (as we
agreed upon last May):
[Gosp_John] - Jokes, poems, prayers, personal testimonies, questions about
faith, etc. certainly ARE appropriate on the NON-academic "Gospel of John"
discussion list. Anyone may share anything even vaguely related to our chosen
topic on this list, subject only to the rules of common courtesy and
netiquette (don't insult others, no personal attacks, no spamming, etc.).
[John_Lit] - Although academics need not be humorless, it is essential for
the success of this list that all contributions be related as closely as
possible to the ACADEMIC discussion of the Johannine Literature. In the past
few months, several world-class Johannine scholars joined this list, but quit
again after noticing some off-topic chat and not enough serious discussion.
If we really want this to become a valuable tool for scholarly exchange, then
we need to keep on-topic and academically oriented as much as possible.
If we try to remember these distinctions between the two lists, then more of
us will be happy, finding the type of discussion we want and avoiding what we
So, Bill (and others), if you know some good biblical jokes (esp. ones
related to John), please DO share them with us on the [Gosp_John] list, but
preferably not on the [John_Lit] list. Thanks!
Felix Just, S.J. -- Asst.Prof. of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University -- 7900 Loyola Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-8400 -- (310) 338-5933
WebPage -- http://clawww.lmu.edu/faculty/fjust