[John_Lit] Re: On-Line Johannine Essays, "Encyclopaedia"
- Patrick Rogers wrote:
> Dear Felix,> Many thanks for making the Johannine Bibliographyavailable, online. Very useful.> 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 bewhen -- like that
> model of accessible medical information, MED-LINE -- it offers apractical encyclopaedia
> on this topic. I look forward to the day when the John site, forexample, will offer an alphabetized
> and cross-indexed set of articles volunteered by scholars... when, ifone 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 havesuch essays available on-line.
I also look forward to that day. In fact, my Johannine Bibliography
already contains an "Electronic Bibliography" page
contains links to all the on-line articles I could find (only 2 or 3
dozen so far). I would be happy to link any other articles that anyone
knows are already on the web, or that individual scholars want to put
on-line. But I suspect "Medline" has a fairly large staff, whereas I'm
working alone (with one student assistant) so far.
Patrick Rogers also wrote:
> Of course, building this site would be a huge task, both in assemblingsufficient
> copyright-free material, and organising it; and among its effects mayrender it
> virtually impossible to guard against large-scale plagiaristiccitation in students'
> term-essays. (Or are we teachers so skilled in source-criticism as tobe able to sift
> out the implicit, unacknowledged quotations in others' work?) Butits benefits
> to serious students of John would be enormous.Felix responds:
Again, I agree. If anyone would like to help with developing the
Johannine website project, please let me know. When I earlier applied
for an SBL technology grant to help support this project (to fund some
student assistants to help with indexing and web-technology aspects), I
was turned down the first time, partly because some of the referees
thought it would merely be a collection of links. But I was also
encouraged to apply again later, since other referees found great
potential in the proposal. Our chances of getting an SBL grant (and the
accompanying recognition) would probably increase if this were a broader
and more collaborative project. Scholars could contribute individual
articles or volunteer to be responsible for certain components of the
expanding website (http://clawww.lmu.edu/faculty/fjust/John.htm).
If anyone might be interested in something like this, please contact me
off list. In case you will be at the SBL meeting this weekend in
Boston, please also introduce yourself to me. Best time to catch me
might be after the Sunday afternoon "Johannine Literature Section" (S113
- Sharton: Republic Ballroom B), where I among others will be presenting
Felix Just, S.J. -- Dept. of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University -- 7900 Loyola Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-8400 -- (310) 338-5933
Website -- http://clawww.lmu.edu/~fjust