Synoptic-L

The E-List for the Discussion of
the Synoptic Gospels




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.

Those who would like to apply for subscription should bear in mind that Synoptic-L is an academic list and that contributors are expected to be professional scholars or graduate students who are familiar with the sources, tools and methods used in the critical study and exegesis of the Synoptic Gospels. All subscribers are bound by Synoptic-L Protocol when contributing to the list.



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Subscribing to Synoptic-L

Note: By applying for membership, all subscribers agree to abide by the published Protocol for Synoptic-L.


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Subject Matter for Discussion

Synoptic-L is an academic list devoted to scholarly discussion of the Synoptic Gospels, the forum for questions relating to the exegesis of Matthew, Mark and / or Luke, using and analysing critical methods like source-criticism form-criticism, redaction-criticism and narrative-criticism, with a special emphasis on the interrelationships among the Synoptics.

Although Matthew, Mark and Luke will be the main focus of attention, it will be legitimate also to ask relevant, related questions concerning texts like the Fourth Gospel and the Gospel of Thomas. Q research is also regarded as a legitimate topic of discussion.

The discussion will relate to the Greek text of the Gospels and competence in Greek will be taken for granted. Although no particular way of representing Greek lettering is stipulated, it is recommended that the b-greek convention be adopted, using upper case transliteration as follows:



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Protocol

The smooth and efficient running of the list will be greatly aided if members keep the following in mind:
  1. Please keep messages as concise and as relevant as possible. Recipients are less likely to pay attention to an unnecessarily lengthy message.

  2. Please quote only the relevant parts of messages to which you are responding. Recipients are likely to pay less attention to your message if they have to re-read irrelevant parts of previous, lengthy messages. As a rule of thumb, avoid quoting more than six lines of a previous message at a time.

  3. Consider whether your contribution is relevant to Synoptic-L. Ask yourself whether there is another E-list to which your contribution might better be sent. For more information on similar lists, see The New Testament Gateway: Academic E-Lists.

  4. Always re-read your own messages before sending them.

  5. If you plan to forward to the list a message that was sent to you privately, first obtain permission from the original sender.

  6. Check that you have addressed your Emails properly -- if it is intended for the list, make sure that you have Synoptic@yahoogroups.com in either the "To:" or the "cc." fields. If a message is not intended for Synoptic-L, make sure that you have not addressed it to the list.

  7. Make sure that the subject heading is relevant to the content of your message. If you are responding to a minor aspect of a previous message, please change the subject heading.

  8. It is essential to provide a full signature for every Email message sent to Synoptic-L. This signature should identify yourself, your address and, where appropriate, your institutional affiliation and homepage. Synoptic-L does not accept anonymous contributions or the use of pseudonyms.

  9. Non-academic contributions of any kind are unwelcome on Synoptic-L.

  10. Please avoid all critical comments of a personal nature. While the "cut and thrust" of academic argument is welcome, this should never descend into personal attack.

  11. Those who refuse to observe these protocols will be warned and, if necessary, unsubscribed from the list.


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On-Line Resources for the Study of the Synoptic Gospels


For a gateway to on-line resources on the Synoptic Gospels, please see:



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Synoptic-L Seminars


Synoptic-L occasionally arranges special on-line seminars. These are strictly moderated and take place at the "Synoptic-S" address. Future seminars will be announced both on this web page and on Synoptic-L. Archives are available for previous seminars:


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Synoptic-L Articles


Synoptic-L is happy to make available important articles on this web site. From time to time, conference papers or work in progress are also reproduced here. At present the following articles are available:


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Synoptic-L Archives & Digests



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Coordinators

The List Owner of Synoptic-L is Mark Goodacre. The advisory committee is Stephen Carlson, Thomas Longstaff and Mahlon Smith.

If you encounter any difficulties connected with this list, please contact Synoptic-Owner@yahoogroups.com


Synoptic-L was launched in February 1998. It was originally based at the University of Birmingham's Department of Theology but is now hosted by Yahoo!Groups. This page is hosted at the NT Gateway and is maintained by Mark Goodacre. It was last updated on 7 July 2005.