Re: Anybody for Greek?

From: Edward Hobbs (
Date: Thu Jun 19 1997 - 11:05:55 EDT

Dear Colleagues, Old and New:

Jonathan Robie's post (copied below) very modestly states that he speaks
only for himself, and not with any authority from the B-Greek List. But
his comments do, in fact, represent the point of view which is the consensus
of the B-Greek Staff, and the basic "rules of the game" for this List.

This List, the creation of an imaginative and generous (but also self-
effacing) ListOwner, has succeeded better than most at avoiding flame-wars,
theological and religious quarrels, intrusions of personal beliefs and
faith, and side-trackings of our main purpose.

It continues to do so with very little interference from its Board/Staff,
which was formed by the Owner to assist in maintaining the List on a good-
tempered and topic-centered course. To a great extent, this is due to
occasional gentle reminders to the entire List from members like Jonathan,
Carl, and Carlton. When those fail, private messages are brought into play
and in extreme cases, official action is necessary. But all of this has
been quite minimal on our List, which is a major reason we continue to have
several top-notch Greek scholars participating in it.

Jonathan's message is just right. It's worth re-reading!

Edward C. Hobbs
Chair of the B-Greek Staff

-----------------------------Jonathan's post follows.--------

Carlton Winbery wrote:

>Subject: Re: wondering.... & Thiering
>Since neither of these have mentioned the Greek text in some time, could we
>just drop these from discussion on the list. Neither is appropriate to the
>list and we need to save some band width lest our mail systems be
>overwhelmed. And someone has also brought the subject of inerrancy which
>usually gets some darts flying. Please!

I'm going to say some things that are my opinion, and my opinion only. I do
not represent the B-Greek list in any way, and have no authority to do so,
but I do have an opinion that I would like to state.

One of the things I like best about B-Greek is that we have generally stayed
on the topics of biblical Greek language, interpretation of specific
passages, and other things directly related to the purpose of the list. And
we've been remarkably low on flames. I've also been very encouraged by
people asking questions at all levels, from beginner to fairly advanced.
This is a great place for a self-taught person like me struggling with the

I think we're getting a lot of new people on the list these days, and much
of the recent, less relevent posts have come from people who haven't really
posted in the past. I suspect that they may be new. The same people are
posting some really good, relevant stuff, too, and I'm glad they are here.
But B-Greek is specifically for discussion of the Greek text of the Bible.
It is not about theology, extra-biblical conjectures, or inerrancy debates.
These topics always raise lots of flames. Sometimes this may make B-Greek
seem a little dry or academic, but it keeps the discussion relevant, and
really enhances the value of the list. Personally, I like to use email to
discuss what the Bible means to me personally, because I feel the need to
tell someone these things, but B-Greek isn't really about that and shouldn't be.


Jonathan Robie
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