Kata Markon
(The Gospel of Mark Discussion List)
abbreviated e-mail prefix [GMark]


| List Description |
 | Protocol for List Members | FAQ | Subscribing & Unsubscribing |
| Sending & Replying to Messages | Postponing & Resuming Mail Delivery |
| Posting Articles & Papers | Transliteration and Abbreviations |
| Archives | Articles for Review | | Resources | Moderators |
| Related Lists |


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.

Given the academic nature of the list, it is ordinarily expected that those subscribing and contributing to Kata Markon will be professional scholars and graduate students who are familiar not only with the sources, tools and methods used in the study and exegesis of the Gospel of Mark, but with the critical issues that are part and parcel of current scholarly Markan studies as well. But beginners in the serious study of the Gospel of Mark who wish to make use of the list  to gain and advance their knowledge of things Markan are also welcome to participate provided they respect the List's focus and adhere to its protocols.

Protocol for List Members
When posting to Kata Markon you should:

1. Respect our focus
All postings should keep to the List's focus: the Gospel of Mark and the critical issues surrounding its interpretation. Occasional excursions into related areas are acceptable to the extent that they shed light on Markan issues. But postings which intend to advance or discuss personal religious experiences or modern sectarian or political agendas are completely inappropriate, as are personal messages and commercial advertisements.

Before posting consider whether what you wish to send to Kata Markon might be more appropriated on another New Testament or Theology E-List.  (For these, see especially The New Testament Gateway's annotated guide to Academic E-Lists related to the New Testament, or Graphai's Related Lists page).

It goes without saying that exegesis and discussions of the meaning of Markan texts will be based on the Greek text of the Gospel and not on a, or any particular, translation of it.

2. Observe the canons of proper argumentation.
When arguing a point, adhere to standard scholarly methodologies for doing so. This means not only that claims made should always be supported in some fashion (i.e.,  argumentation by assertion is not acceptable), but that exegesis of texts should always be grounded in (though not exclusively limited to) the historical critical method.

Contributors who are not professional scholars should note that the academic nature of Kata Markon demands that exegesis and discussions of the meaning of Markan passages will be based on the Greek text of those passages and not on a, or any particular, translation of it.

Postings which attempt to make claims about the meaning or import of a given Markan text solely on the basis of a translation of that text are not acceptable

3. Respect others.
Observe common courtesy, scholarly collegiality, and list netiquette at all times. You may feel free to disagree with someone, and to note where your disagreement lies. But do not be disagreeable. Never stoop to attacking someone personally. Always keep your comments objective and courteous. All comments that reflect negatively on other groups or individuals (including negative references to another's competence as a scholar, exegete, or interpreter of  the Gospel according to Mark) are forbidden.

4. Give each post a useful subject header.
Please include in each post a subject heading that is relevant to the content of your message. If you are responding to a topic that was a minor aspect of a previous message, please change the subject heading to reflect what you are now addressing.

5. Participate with restraint.
You are in a discussion with many other informed participants. Post when you can make a useful contribution but refrain from dominating the conversation. Avoid chatter and clutter. And refrain from sending messages which are essentially no more than statements of agreement with a point or points made in a previous post . Messages should be considered and concise.

6. Never post attachments
Never post messages with enclosures (attachments). If you have something you need to attach to your message, convert the attachment to plain text and included it in regular e-mail or offer to send the enclosure (attachment) privately to individuals who request it.

N.B. Participants who wish to submit papers in statu nascendi for responses and review should not post them directly to the list. Rather, they should be sent to the  List Owner, Jeffrey Gibson, who will make them accessible to the list through our "Articles for Review" link.

7. Be careful when you quote someone.
Be careful with quotations and their attributions. If you want to forward to the list a message that was sent to you privately, please first obtain permission from the original sender.

8. Quote sparingly
If you are spring boarding from another post or replying to a message from an XTalk contributor, quote only the relevant parts of messages to which you are responding and/or which form the basis of your post. Recipients will better understand your point if you do not quote items that are not directly relevant to your response.

9. Use standard conventions in writing.
Show consideration for your readers by observing ordinary conventions of spelling, capitalization, sentence construction, paragraphing, and transliteration.

10. Identify yourself at the end of each post.
End every posting to the list with a signature that includes your full name as well as your institutional affiliation (if any), your home page (if applicable), and some indication of your social location. You may wish to ensure that your signature is an automated part of any message you send to Kata Markon. This can easily be done through the "preferences/options" button available in most e-mail programs.

Unsigned messages or pseudonyms in signatures are not acceptable.

If you wish to be addressed by a  name other than that under which you are subscribed, indicate this in your signature.

Pseudonyms are not acceptable. If you wish to be addressed by another name, indicate this in your signature.

11. Avoid posting Virus Warnings
Please do not send Virus Warnings to the List without first checking their legitimacy. Virus Warnings  are usually hoaxes, and they perpetuate themselves by making themselves look urgent enough to pass on to others without independent confirmation. Resist the temptation. If you are concerned about a virus warning, check one of the standard locations (listed here) to  see whether the message is a hoax or not. Don't let the message's urgent manner fool you into passing it on.

Those who fail to observe these protocols will first be alerted to this fact and warned against doing so. If a poster ignores the warning, he/she will be  placed on "probation" and lose automatic posting privileges. Persistent violators of Kata Markon protocols will be unsubscribed from the List.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing
To subscribe to Kata Markon,   follow the instructions on the web page found at

When you subscribe, you will need to enter your email address and a password. You can use this password to log in from the web page listed above.

Note that once you have entered the login page, you will be able to do any of the following:

Moreover, you will also be able to change a variety of items related to your subscription including: Note, too,  that it may be useful to turn off delivery of email messages when going off-line for long periods of time -- e.g.,  when going on vacation -- especially if you have limited web space with your Internet Service Provider. This service is also available through the subscription link noted above.

Sending and Replying to Messages
Creating or responding to messages is just like sending e-mail, except that you should always address what you are sending to this address:

               Kata Markon <GMark@franklin.oit.unc.edu>

When creating a message, i.e., when posting something new or original to the List, please make sure that the post has GMark@franklin.oit.unc.edu in the "To:" field and give your message an appropriate subject header.

Replying to a message is usually only a matter of hitting the "Reply" button on the toolbar of your e-mail software. But to insure that your reply comes to the List, please make sure that your post has he List's e-mail address in either the "To:" or the "Cc:" field.

N.B. Make sure, especially when replying to messages, that the subject heading appearing in the "subject" field of your posting is relevant to the content of your message. If you are not changing the subject, please don't change the subject line. Kata Markon List's archiving software uses the subject line of posts to store and organize the List's archives, and keeping the subject header of the post to which you are responding makes an archived message on a given subject easier to find. If, however, you are responding to a minor aspect of a previous message, please change the subject heading to reflect this change of emphasis.

Postponing & Resuming Mail Delivery

To postpone reception of mail, follow these steps:

1. Connect to the Log In page at  http://franklin.oit.unc.edu/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?enter=gmark.

2. Enter your  e-address and password and then click on the enter button. This will bring you to a menu with various options, among them the "Your Settings" button.

3. Click on "Your Settings" button.  This will open  a page which contains among other things a window labeled "Status"

4.  Click on the pop-up menu within the "Status" window status and choose one of the options described thus:

* receive mail as it is contributed
* periodic digest
* periodic index of subject
* receive no mail
5.  Use the pop-up button to choose the option you want (presumably "receive no mail").

6. Then click on the "Save" button at the bottom left below the settings panels.

Anytime that you wish, you may go to the web site and change it back to your previous
option--or even change it to or from "periodic digest" to one of the other options.

Posting Articles and Papers
As noted in the List Description, Kata Markon provides a venue in which scholars and others working seriously in the field of Pauline studies may post and receive critical responses to papers or ideas on matters Pauline that are still in the process of development. Participants who wish to make such submissions should not post them directly to the List. Rather, they should be sent to the List Owner, Jeffrey Gibson,  who who will publish them in the List's special "Articles for Review" section while simultaneously announcing to all List members the submission's availability for inspection.

Transliteration and Abbreviations
Many of the regular posts to the Kata Markon List, let alone the longer submissions to the "Articles for Review" venue, will involve discussion of, or reference to, Greek and Hebrew texts. However, since most e-mail programs cannot handle actual Greek or Hebrew characters, we ask that all such texts be transliterated. Although no particular way of representing Greek and Hebrew lettering is stipulated, it is recommended that for Greek the B-Greek Discussion list convention be adopted. This uses upper case transliteration as follows:

If you want a more detailed description of transliteration schemes used in B-Greek, click here.

For Hebrew, the following adaptation (by Jack Kilmon)  of  the  Michigan-Claremont-Westminster scheme is recommended:

It is also recommended that participants who submit postings with references to Biblical, Apocryphal, Pseudepigraphical and Early Patristic writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls,  Targummic Material, Orders and Tractates in Mishnaic and related literature, Rabbinic exegetical and liturgical writings, the New Testament Apocrypha, and the Nag Hammadi corpus, should use a standard scholarly method of citation such as that found either in the Society of Biblical Literature's 1991 printed edition of the Membership Directory and Handbook, in its new Handbook of Style, or online at the Society's Web site. For this, click here.

All messages sent to the List are automatically archived at the List's host site according to subject, date, and sender. To access and browse the Kata Markon List Archives, log in using the web interface found at

Articles for Review
As is noted above in the List Description, Kata Markon serves as 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. Articles that have been submitted for review, comment, and criticism may be found here.

Lecturer in Humanities
Wright College/ Roosevelt University/Columbia College
Lecturer in New Testament
Institute for Pastoral Studies
Loyola University, Chicago
e-mail: jgibson000@home.com

Dept of Religious Studies
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU.
Tel. 0191-222-6729.
Fax 0191-261-1182/222-5185.
e-mail W.R.Telford@newcastle.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh,
New College
Mound Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2LX
Phone: 0131-650-8920
Fax: 0131-650-6579
E-mail:  L.Hurtado@ed.ac.uk

Berea College
Berea, KY 40404
E-Mail edwin_broadhead@berea.edu

Richard Shand's Page on The Gospel of Mark

Jenee Woodard's Resources for the Book of Mark
An excellent compendium of resources on Mark's Gospel with links to reviews on many recent Markan studies

Semeia 16: Perspectives on Mark's Gospel
Edited by Norman Peterson: the full text of  Semeia 16 (1980), devoted to Mark's Gospel.  Features a classic article by Robert Tannehill on  "The Gospel of Mark as Narrative Christology".

Michael Spencer's The Gospel of Mark Home page

Rodney Decker's Gospels and Acts Page
containing an annotated compendium of useful links on Mark.

Korean Bible Bibliography on Mark

Wieland Wilker's Secret Gospel of Mark Home Page

Mark Goodacre's New Testament Gateway

Torrey Seland's Resource Pages for Biblical Studies

Related Lists

This list of e-mail discussion groups is reproduced with permission from Mark Goodacre's New Testament Academic -Lists


| List Description |
 | Protocol for Listmembers | FAQ | Subscribing & Unsubscribing |
| Sending & Replying to Messages | Postponing & Resuming Mail Delivery |
| Posting Articles & Papers | Transliteration and Abbreviations | Archives |
| Articles for Review | | Resources | Moderators |
| Related Lists |

This page was last updated on July 20, 2000.