b-greek-digest V1 #531

b-greek-digest             Monday, 2 January 1995       Volume 01 : Number 531

In this issue:

        FYI: Hellenistic Greek Linguistics resources
        "Trumped up"?
        Information Search 


From: "James K. Tauber" <jtauber@tartarus.uwa.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 1995 00:30:48 +0800 (WST)
Subject: FYI: Hellenistic Greek Linguistics resources

ANNOUNCING: Hellenistic Greek Linguistics on the Internet
[with apologies for any multiple postings]

I am pleased to announce new resources designed to bring together 
scholars interested in the study of Hellenistic (including 
New Testament) Greek Linguistics.

These resources include World Wide Web pages (accessible with such 
programs as Lynx, Mosaic and Netscape) as well as a mailing list. As well 
as general discussion, the list (which is archived on the Web pages) 
provides a forum for discussing the new reference grammar planned as a 
complete revision of Blass, Debrunner and Funk's standard work.

The Web pages include bibliographies and a (newly started) electronic 
archive of papers.

To browse the Web pages, go to the URL:


To subscribe to the mailing list, send a request to:


and to send a message to the entire list, write to:


Please feel free to make enquires to jtauber@tartarus.uwa.edu.au

James K. Tauber <jtauber@tartarus.uwa.edu.au>
4th year Honours Student, Centre for Linguistics
University of Western Australia, WA 6009, AUSTRALIA


From: Greg Doudna <gdoudna@ednet1.osl.or.gov>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 12:48:51 -0800
Subject: "Trumped up"?

George Aichele wrote last year :-) on Dec 31, 1994:
>Just a small point: within the NT "guild" there is no "strong
>view" that Jesus was non-political.  It's true that this is
>the view of most "conservatives" (fundamentalist, evangelical,
>etc.) scholars.  It is certainly NOT the view of many others--
>eg, Horsley, Crossan, Mack, Myers, not to mention Marxists such
>as Belo and liberation thinkers.

I appreciate your clarification.  I was thinking of Bultmann
(formerly) and E. P. Sanders (currently), neither of whom I think
of as being conservative or evangelical.  And by non-political,
I mean in a somewhat stronger sense than I think you do.  I
don't mean Crossan's sapiential (ethical) brokerless kingdom, or
Yoder's anabaptist nonviolent community, or Horsley's
egalitarian breaking of the spiral of violence.  (I'm just
beginning to read Mack, and I'm not familiar with Myers.)

Each of these (Crossan, Horsley, Yoder) proposes Jesus as having
political impact by challenging social mores, debt conditions,
class distinctions, religious authority and so forth
(nonviolently).  While each of these writers has usefully
increased focus on social contexts in the Second Temple period,
their "Jesuses" still seem to me deeply captive to
theologically-derived presuppositions.  Crossan, for example,
in _The Historical Jesus_ never once touches upon (unless I
missed it) Jesus as a would-be king (in the mundane sense of so
many others attested by Josephus).  Crossan and Mack appear to
say nothing can be known about why Jesus was crucified under
Pilate other than that it happened.  (Crossan is willing to
conjecture it was because Jesus did a symbolic action in the
temple whose symbolism was not appreciated.)  Crossan's and
Mack's principled skepticism seems to me unwarranted: the
tradition(s) [point noted, George!] in the gospels that Jesus
was crucified for attempting to be a king of the Jews is both
credible and contextually probable.

Horsley does have a section in _Jesus and the Spiral of
Violence_ titled "The Charges Against Jesus Not Totally
False" (p. 160 of 1993 Fortress Press ed.).  However, Horsley
thinks Jesus was a nonviolent messiah--which would be the
first and only such Jewish messiah of that period (and also
not the impression I get from Jesus's parables for what he
had in store for his enemies come the [earthly] judgement
day).  This again sounds to me like theology shaping his
history, as Horsley struggles to articulate a Jesus who is
a worthy role model for today.  I like much of Horsley's
work; but I think it is also fair to say he is not quite
mainstream.  Liberation theologians and Marxists don't seem to
me significantly to be in the mainstream of American NT
scholarship or Jesus research.

With the caveat that insiders within a field (such as
yourself) will always see more wrinkles and pluralism and
nuances than someone looking from the outside, I still
perceive my original statement as substantially accurate.
But please continue to correct.

One NT figure who does stand out to me is George Wesley
Buchanan (_Jesus: The King and His Kingdom_ [1984]).  I know
Buchanan does not get the publicity or stature of a Sanders
or Crossan, but Buchanan's thesis seems far stronger and
better articulated to me, i.e. that the kingdom of God
language in the gospels and throughout the parables is the
language of incipient revolution in the earthly sense, in
keeping with contemporary understandings of Jewish messianic

Greg Doudna
Marylhurst College
West Linn, Oregon

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From: BPrucey@aol.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 16:41:01 -0500
Subject: Information Search 

I know that this may not be the proper forum for this question, but a
Seminary project requires 
me to do a biographical sketch on Dr. Robert E. Coleman, author of _The
Master Plan of Evangelism_.  My sources may be dated, so I 
thought I would query the list to see of any subscribers know of Dr.
Coleman's current 
whereabouts.  Here's what I know (current or not):

Dr. Robert E. Coleman was born in 1928.  Latest information I have says that
he is director of the 
School of World Mission and Evangelism and Professor at Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School in 
Deerfield, Illinois.  He also directs the Institute of Evangelism at the
Billy Graham Center in 
Wheaton, Illinois, and serves as the dean of the International Schools of

If anyone could lend a hand to help confirm the accuracy of the above data, I
would appreciate it.  
Please respond by private e-mail.


Brian D. Prucey


From: EJFADF@aol.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 19:22:45 -0500



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