I would like to propose an idea. I am looking for a few individuals, 3 or 4, who would be interested in an experiment. I would like to evaluate the concept of an online commentary, developed by and for those who like me are more ‘Jurors’ who evaluate the testimony of ‘expert witnesses’ than experts themselves. Despite the limitations imposed by being less than expert, I would like the commentary to be thorough, covering all topics relevant to a particular book.
There are many of you who are seminary trained, have a basic skill set, but do not consider yourselves to be experts. I am not seminary trained, most of what I know I have learned by reading and teaching. I would prefer those of a Protestant background to keep the scope reasonable. We should be able to present commentary on the underlying Greek, word definitions, semantics, historical background, etc. In other words, this is to be based on the historical grammatical approach. Articles would include discussing the views of commentators, journal articles, etc.
If you are an expert, you would need to be able to work collaboratively with those who are not. Your expertise would be much appreciated, however, not as an instructor or Professor but as a team member. (of course if we really did something stupid you would be expected to correct the error.)
I would propose a three month trial period, then an evaluation to see if the team likes the format, and if others find it to be useful.
The format would be a wiki, so that we can collaborate, and allow public comment (but not public changes). An interesting layout would be similar to the Word Biblical Commentaries, but that is negotiable. Any other layouts would be a team decision.
There would be ground rules. Brotherly concern would be the first requirement. Those who participate must be able to write and discuss their ideas clearly. Different theological persuasions would be good, as long as these can be presented in a friendly environment. Teamwork is a necessity. A negotiated level of commitment would also be required.
Anyone interested, please contact me.