TC-List: A Scholarly Discussion List of Biblical
This list is loosely associated with the electronic journal TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual
Criticism, and it is intended for a discussion of any matters
relating to biblical textual criticism, broadly defined. It is hoped that
subscribers to the tc-list will reflect on and respond to material from
articles in TC, will deal with issues that arise in the context of
text-critical study in the community of biblical scholars at large, and
will use the list to suggest new ideas and methodologies. Notes on any
aspect of the textual criticism of the Jewish and Christian scriptures
(including extracanonical and related literature) are welcome, and threads
that transcend the traditional boundary between textual criticism of the
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament textual criticism are
especially encouraged. We would also like to see threads that discuss the
relationship between textual criticism and other disciplines.
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contributors to the list. The following points in particular should be
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originally a majordomo list, and archives of discussions from November
1995 through September 1999 are stored in standard Unix mail format.
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