[Rev List] Invitation to New Members
- I would like to personally invite list members to forward this e-mail to others
with a scholarly interest in Revelation studies.
The purpose of the Revelation-list at Yahoo Groups is "to offer a forum for
scholarly discussions and information exchange concerning the Book of
Revelation for qualified scholars and serious students." A fuller statement of
the list's goals can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/revelation-list.
The recent popularity of eschatology and apocalypticism in film and print has
attracted some unwelcome elements to this group. Since this invitation will be
forwarded [I trust] to others who have little or no knowledge of this group, I
thought I should take a moment and further specify just what we are all about.
Discussions sponsered by this group are the kind that might be found in any
institution of higher learning, from upperclass undergraduate through post-
doctoral seminars. Members typically work within the accepted historical-
grammatical framework of exegesis. Not all are Christians; some are atheists.
We are especially interested in cutting edge work that seeks to advance our
knowledge of Revelation, its audience and its message.
On the other hand, this is NOT a forum for preaching, proselyzation or other
kinds of conversations one might typically have in a church, synagogue or
temple. This is also not the place for doomsday prophecies, survivalism, alien
conspiracy theories, setting dates for the end of the world and other fringe
theories. We also frown on blatant self-promotion, though members are
always interested to hear about a new dissertation, commentary, journal
article or the like, so feel free to let us know.
Finally, we encourage dialogue, disagreements even, but not language or
tone that is abusive, derogatory or demeaning in any way. Behavior of this
sort is the quickest way to be ejected from the group, usually following a
single warning. This list is founded on respectful conversations and will
If you are interested in Revelation [or cognate] studies, we would like to
encourage you to apply for membership in this group. Simply send an e-mail
to this list detailing your interest in Revelation, your educational background
and your current professional responsibilities.
Dr. Timothy P. Jenney