Corpus Paulinum
Image of St. Paul
(The Corpus-Paul List)

| 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 |

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.

Given the academic nature of the List, it is ordinarily expected that those subscribing and contributing to Corpus Paulinum will be professional scholars and graduate students who are familiar with both the primary and secondary Pauline literature, as well as with the contours of the issues that are part and parcel of current scholarly Pauline studies. But beginners in the serious study of Paul who wish to make use of the List to gain and advance their knowledge of things Pauline are also welcome to participate provided they respect the List's focus.

Protocol for List Members
Our standards of conduct for subscribers, and the protocols for posting, are modeled on those of the Graphai and Ioudaious Discussion lists. Accordingly, we ask that you:

1. Respect our focus
Keep to the List's focus: the life, influence, teaching, theology, and writings of (or attributed to) the Apostle Paul. Occasional excursions into related areas are acceptable to the extent that they shed light on matters Pauline. 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.

It goes without saying that exegesis and discussions of the meaning of the Pauline writings will be based on the Greek text of those writings and not on a, or any particular, translation of them.

2. Respect others.
Observe common courtesy, scholarly collegiality, and list netiquette at all times. All comments that reflect negatively on other groups or individuals (including negative references to another's competence as a scholar, exegete, or interpreter of Paul) are forbidden.

3. Give each post a useful subject header.
Each subject header should indicate the subject of the message.

4. Participate with restraint.
You are in a discussion with many other informed participants. Participate when you can make a useful contribution but refrain from dominating the conversation. Avoid chatter and clutter. Messages should be considered and concise. Because some participant's e-mail systems cannot handle them, never post messages with enclosures (attachments). Either 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.

5. Be careful when you quote someone.
Be careful with quotations and their attributions. When you respond to a posting, do not repost the whole message. Quote only enough or as much is as necessary to make your point; Just as importantly, do not repost another's private mail without the explicit permission of the writer.

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

7. Identify yourself at the end of each post.
End every posting to the List with a signature that includes your full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. (To insure that this is done, it is recommended that you set your e-mail software to automate your signature. Those unfamiliar with automating signatures might refer to the Ioudaios-L guide to Automating Your Signature, with information on how to do this using Eudora, Pine, Netscape and Elm. Those who use Pegasus Mail can use the University of Birmingham's illustrated guide on adding signatures). Pseudonyms are not acceptable. If you wish to be addressed by another name, indicate this in your signature.

Those who refuse to observe these protocols may be warned and, if necessary, unsubscribed from the List.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing
To subscribe to Corpus Paulinum, 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 - that will enable you to do any of the following:

Your list settings allow you to change the following: Note that it may be useful to turn off delivery of email messages when going offline 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:

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

When replying to a message, please make sure that your post has he List's e-mail address in either the "To:" or the "Cc:" field. You may also want to send your reply to the person who posted the original message.

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. The Corpus Paulinum 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.

Postponing & Resuming Mail Delivery

To postpone reception of mail, follow these steps:

1. Connect to the Log In page at

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 labelled "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, Corpus Paulinum provides a venue in which scholaras 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 Corpus Paulinum 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:

Greek Alphabet
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 edition of the printed Membership Directory and Handbook or online at the SBL Web site (

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 Corpus Paulinum List Archives, log in using the web interface found at

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

Web Resources
Among the many Web Sites that members of Corpus Paulinum might find useful are:

Sheila McGinn's Pauline Studies Page

Rodney Decker's Resources for New Testament Studies: NT Books: Pauline Epistles

SBL Review of Biblical Literature: Reviews of recent books on Paul and Pauline Theology

Robert Kraft's Course materials on Paul

The Missionary Journeys of Paul (more of an" Acts" link, but it does feature what it calls "Paul's resume" and a conservative Acts-based chronology).

Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando Campus Home Page For Saint Paul the Apostle

Mark Mattison's Paul Page (a Web Site dedicated to the "new perspective on Paul" which features some useful introductory material on the impact of the views of  the Sanders / Dunn / Wright approach to matters Pauline).

Jenee Woodard's Paul and the Pauline Epistles page:

Mark Goodacre's New Testament Gateway

Torrey Seland's Resource Pages for Biblical Studies

Lecturer in Humanities
Harry S. Truman College/ Roosevelt University
Lecturer in New Testament
Institute for Pastoral Studies
Loyola University, Chicago

Professor of New Testament Emeritus
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615 USA
e-mail: (Office) (Home)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
John Carroll University

Professor of New Testament and
Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA 91182
626-584-5288; Fax: 626-584-5251

Staff Advisors:
Adjunct Professor PhD student
Religion Division Center for Advanced Theological Studies
Pepperdine University Fuller Theological Seminary
Malibu, California Pasadena, California
e-mail Markus McDowell <>
Home Page

Pastor, DeSoto Christian Church, DeSoto TX
Ph.D. Candidate in Religion, Baylor University
e-mail Perry L. Stepp<>

Deborah Gaunt
PhD. Candidate, Sheffield University, UK

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 |