Many thanks for making the Johannine Bibliography available, online. Very
However, as a step beyond this I'm also delighted to see Mary Coloe's
question to you, about making articles (on the 4th Gospel, or other
biblical topics) available on the web. The fullest use of a topic-driven
Web-site, for me at least, would be when -- like that model of accessible
medical information, MED-LINE -- it offers a practical encyclopaedia on this topic. I look forward to
the day when the John site, for example, will offer an alphabetized and
cross-indexed set of articles volunteered by scholars... when, if one wants to
know the views of others upon any feature in this Gospel, (say Humour, or
Structure, or Jews, or Witness, Disciples, Faith, Blindness, Abiding, or
whatever), one would have such essays available
course, building this site would be a huge task, both in assembling sufficient
copyright-free material, and organising it; and among its effects may
render it virtually impossible to guard against large-scale plagiaristic
citation in students' term-essays. (Or are we teachers so skilled in
source-criticism as to be able to sift out the implicit, unacknowledged
quotations in others' work?) But its benefits to serious
students of John would be enormous.
I've already ventured to suggest this "Biblical Encyclopaedia online" idea to Dr.Mark Goodacre
-- who has generously made a number of his own articles available on his site.
The cyber-sharing of the future must surely bring us way beyond sharing of
Bibliography, and make the whole "library contents" of exegesis and
biblical theology just a web-site call away.