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Posted: 3/15/16
Dr. Schwandt is currently on a sabbatical from offering Greek courses and reading groups. We are currently working on a way to offer the educational materials without the live component.

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Comprehensive list of Greek forums and e-mailing lists

See the sidebar for a quick list. Below this general information about online forums and email lists is a guide to all of the online communities with brief descriptions.

Online Biblical Greek forums and e-mailing lists are great ways to tap into a broader community of learners and experts. Of course the Internet is a "user beware" environment. Not all of the information posted may be accurate so it is up to you to verify independently any infomration you find helpful. Normally, this isn't too difficult since the information will normally use terms contained in most reference materials. You should also feel free to ask posters for references to the information when you find it difficult to verify. Normally, larger forums and email groups have enough participation to expose most serious errors. But this is not sufficient for you to abdicate your responsibility for your knowledge to the authority of a cyberspace community. So use the communities for tips, ideas and encouragement, but do your own work.

The difference between and online forum and an e-mail list should be fairly obvious. Online forums hold all information on a website and e-mail list send all correspondence to your e-mail address. There are pros and cons with both. Although online forums don't clog up your personal e-mail they are more difficult to moderate and keep free from spammers (Please notify the adminstrator if you see any.). For this reason I recommend that you avoid all chat rooms which basically have no moderation. With online forums you can choose to veiw only the posts that interst you rather than sifting through every post every day. However, this descresion normally means that fewer people see each post so there is normally less interaction by a wide group of users on online forums compared to e-mail lists.

One of the problems for any online community is to be infected by a few users with a personal axe to grind on some particular issue. These users seem to have an unlimited amount of time to pick fights and then burry their prey in text. These types of posters often cause the broad community to loose interest in the forum and then find timeselves all alone in an empty forum. Then thinking they have stopped every arguement and taking satisfaction in their accomplishement, they chase after the crowd on the next forum in search of fresh meat to do the whole thing again. These rogue posters are so deluded that they think they are performing a Christain service. Thankfully, well modertated forums can restrain this type of contention without harming broad community interaction. One of the best ways to do this is to limit the discussion of the forum. For Biblical Greek forums this normally means limiting discussion to language issues rather than theological or interpretive issues. The b-greek e-mail list has provided the best model for this and that is why it is the most popular Greek list on the web. Another help is to require members to use their real names. It is helpful to know who are the real professionals and it is helpful part of accountablity in any community. The negative of this requirement is that it is embarassing when we make a mistake and have that mistake avaialbe for all to see in the archives, but to err is human. Even the best professional are still students and will misspeak from time to time. We should expect grace from each other and not to be condemned by a passing corrected grammatical mistake. On the other side, using authentic names causes an appropriate pause and reflection in order to avoid such mistakes.

One final note, on using your real name online. Do not broadcast further personal information publically or to strangers who contact you through your posting. It is fine to discuss your history of Greek education but it is dangerous to develop further relations with people you have never met and have no way of truely verifying their identity. You would think that biblical Greek grammar discussion would filter out most dangers, but it is best to play it safe. For the most part fequenty posters to these forums are great real people. I have had the opportunity to meet a number of them at conventions like annual meetings for the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. There are some really top notch Greek scholars out there for you to interact with in this forums. Also the gerneral community can be a great encouragement.

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Guide to Online Biblical Greek Communities

Agora Forums

The Agora Greek forum offers a number of topical forums arranged by books of the New Testament and grammatical issues. It is an online forum so all posts are online rather than in your e-mail. The discussion has recently been limited to the discussion to the Greek text, language and grammar rather than interpretation and theology. Those who wish to develop theological arguments are asked to post elsewhere. The forum also requires some form of your real name. It is helpful if you send the administrator a brief e-mail when you register so he can verify that you are not a spamming robot.

B-Greek
Email List

The B-Greek mailing list is a great resource for learning Biblical Greek. Discussion topics include tools for beginning and advanced students of Biblical Greek such as textbooks, reference works, bibliography and research tools, and linguistic topics such as morphology, lexicography, syntax,and discourse analysis. Emails are to written in plain text and all Greek must conform to the B-Greek transcription style given on the home page. The mailing list requires real names and limits discussion to the Greek language rather than exegesis.

Bible Translation
Email List

The Bible Translation list is an email discussion list devoted to discussing issues relating to Bible translation. Subscribers include: professional Bible translators, church leaders, professors, linguists, teachers, as well as many serious Bible students from a variety of perspectives.

Anyone interested in Bible translation is welcome to subscribe.


Corpus-Paulinum
Email List

Corpus Paulinum (the Corpus-Paul List) is a moderated academic e-list dedicated to the scholarly discussion and evaluation of critical questions surrounding the life, influence, teaching, theology, and the writings of the Apostle Paul. The List's purpose is to provide a forum where these questions may be raised, entertained, and debated outside of the usual arenas of printed journals and monographs. Additionally, Corpus Paulinum is intended to be a venue in which those working professionally in the field of Pauline studies may post and receive critical responses to papers or ideas that are in the process of development.

E-Matthew
Email List

E-Matthew is a discussion group whose focus is the interpretation and understanding of the Gospel of Matthew and its role in the development of Christian thought from the first century through the Reformation.

G-Thomas
Email List

The Papyri Oxyrhynchi 1, 654 & 655 and Nag Hammadi Codex II,2 (The Gospel of Thomas) are literary papyri of interest to biblical scholars specialising in extra-canonical texts (the writings outside of the New Testament). This list is dedicated to the scholarly discussion of the Gospel of Thomas and provides an online forum for those working or interested in New Testament, History, or Religious Studies

John-Lit
Email List

"Johannine_Literature" is an on-line group dedicated to the scholarly discussion of the Fourth Gospel and the Letters of John. Its purpose is to provide a forum for questions and proposals relating to the exegesis of the Johannine Literature, including its relationship with other biblical literature, history and culture, and using any and all modern critical tools and methods. This list is co-sponsored by the "Johannine Literature Section" of the Society of Biblical Literature.

KATA MARKON
Email List

Kata Markon (The Gospel of Mark Discussion List) is a moderated academic e-list dedicated to the scholarly discussion and evaluation of critical questions surrounding the Gospel according to Mark. The purpose of the List is to provide a forum outside of the usual arenas of printed journals and monographs where these questions may be raised, entertained, and debated . Additionally, Kata Markon is intended to be a venue in which those working professionally in the field of Markan studies may post and receive critical responses to papers or ideas that are in the process of development.

Synoptic-L
Email List

Synoptic-L is an academic list devoted to scholarly discussion of the Synoptic Gospels. Its purpose is to provide a forum for questions relating to the exegesis of Matthew, Mark and /or Luke, using and analysing the standard critical tools and methods, with a special emphasis on the interrelationships among the Synoptics. See NTGateway for more information.

Textual Criticism
Email List

The Textual Criticism (TC) mailing list is currently down. Until it returns or perhaps even after there is a textual criticism list available in a yahoo group here (or by the link to the right). This group is for the discussion of the variants in the text of the Bible in the original languages and the early versions. ist is loosely associated with the electronic journal TC:

X-Talk
Email List

XTalk: The Historical Jesus and early Christian Origins is a, moderated, academic e-List dedicated to the scholarly investigation and discussion of the critical questions and issues surrounding the study of the Jesus of History and the rise of Christianity. See NTGateway for more information.



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