[John_Lit] Re: Clarifications - Part II
- As I am not a scholar but an interested amateur, I probably will only rarely
contribute to the discussion, though I may ask a question now and then. I
hope you all do not mind having some passive members in the group.
For my part (and for what it is worth) I would like to see the issues of the
overall purpose and origin of the Gospel of John discussed, its relationship
to the synoptic gospels, themes such as "eternal life", sacramentalism, the
Johnannine "Son of Man" etc. The relationship to the DDS would be an
exciting topic also. But of course I myself won't be contributing and as a
beggar I can't be choosy I guess!
From: Felix Just, S.J. <fjust@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, September 08, 1999 3:37 AM
Subject: [John_Lit] Clarifications - Part II
>Dear "Johannine Literature" list members,research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org
>Let me add one more clarification and a request:
>I really was not "particularly offended" (citing Ramsey Michaels' words)
>by Mary Coloe's off-topic joke (although some males might have been).
>But since there were no new postings to this list for several days
>thereafter, I began wondering again about the direction and depth of our
>Several times in the past few months I noticed that after someone posted
>some very interesting reflections or thought-provoking questions, there
>were very few or no responses, even though we have over one hunderd
>well-qualified list members. Yet I also suspect that I am not the only
>one who would like to see this "Johannine Literature" list develop into
>a valuable tool for academic research and an interesting forum for
>This does not mean that we have to have heated arguments and dozens of
>messages posted each day (as in some other electronic discussion
>groups), but I think it does mean that we need to try to stay focused on
>the topic in order to be able to attract and retain some other top-level
>Johannine scholars. It also means that more of us (senior scholars,
>junior professors, graduate students, and others) need to be willing to
>participate actively a little more regularly.
>So, in addition to thanking those who have been contributing, and to
>encouraging once again a resumption of our academic discussion on
>Johannine matters, let me also ask for some other contributions
>regarding the nature and purpose of this group. What hopes or
>expectations do you have, and what can we as a group do to make this
>list interesting and worthwhile?
>We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions!
>Felix Just, S.J. -- Asst.Prof. of Theological Studies
>Loyola Marymount University -- 7900 Loyola Blvd.
>Los Angeles, CA 90045-8400 -- (310) 338-5933
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