Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Bible/Biblical criticism work group
- 1 How to Change back to Author's original Bible links?
- 2 Eager to Help
- 3 "Messianic Jews"
- 4 Fiery Furnace
- 5 Improvement drive
- 6 Wikipedia talk:Stable versions#Certification gang
- 7 Comma Johanneum and related topics
- 8 Slow edit warring and gospel articles
- 9 Context Group
- 10 Help develop Scripture Database website
- 11 Latest in biblical terminology
- 12 Augustinian Hypothesis
- 13 AFD nomination
- 14 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Russell H. Dilday
- 15 Project Directory
- 16 Structuring articles on contemporary religious practice with Biblical roots
- 17 Wikipedia Day Awards
- 18 Lazarus and Dives RFC
- 19 Afds
- 20 Clashes
- 21 Proposed merger
- 22 Gospel of Luke
- 23 Organization scheme
- 24 Source criticism is badly in need of attention
- 25 Mazzoth
- 26 Hermeneutic circle
- 27 Christianity project coordinators election
- 28 Changes to the WP:1.0 assessment scheme
- 29 Recent AfD series
- 30 Wikipedia 0.7 articles have been selected for Biblical Criticism
- 31 Coordinators' working group
- 32 Canonical criticism
- 33 GA reassessment of Textual criticism
- 34 Coordinator elections
- 35 WP 1.0 bot announcement
- 36 Request for comment on Biographies of living people
- 37 AFD
- 38 Biblical Criticism articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release
- 39 Template:Religious text primary
- 40 general biblical criticism methodology query
How do we change the Bible links back to its original (author's) weblinks? Someone is CHANGING the original authors' links, directing people to www.biblegateway.com, and to a Bible translation that is noted to be inaccurate for some verses (having been purposely changed to weaken the divinity of Jesus).
Eager to Help
I have just joined the project. What articles need to have their scientific aspects reviewed? --Savant13 13:58, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
I'd be very interested in hearing from others at Talk:Early_Christianity#"Messianic Jews"? about this edit. Is it appropriate to apply the term "Messianic Jews" to the Early Christians? Seems anachronistic to me. -- Jmabel | Talk 05:33, 6 November 2005 (UTC)
NO. Messianic Jews are a completely different group of people (and some exist in the present time). And you also have to consider the Ebionites, Essenes, Gnostics, et. al. --User talk:FDuffy 13:26, 6 November 2005 (UTC)
I'd like to try to clean up and improve the pages about the story of the fiery furnace. The story of the fiery furnance has a lot of importance in the Jewish and Christian traditions, and had has a lot of cultural impact; Wikipedia ought to have better information about it. I've started by poking at the pages and suggesting some merges; I'd appreciate any help from project members on whatever relating to this subject, but specifically (since this is your project) to add historical / critical analyses to the articles and include a lot of solid information about many perspectives. Please leave any comments on the talk page of fiery furnace. Thanks! -- Tetraminoe 14:03, 30 December 2005 (UTC)
I'm not really sure what this has to do with this project? Meditation isn't really mentioned in the bible as far as I know. --User talk:FDuffy 15:08, 2 January 2006 (UTC)
would you like to create certified articles about attacking the bible? -- Zondor 03:28, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
Could someone more familiar with textual criticism and Biblical translation issues take a look at An Historical Account of Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture? This is something Isaac Newton wrote, back in the days when titles were real titles, about two verses which got mangled. I have been unable to verify recent contributions, and I'd like to see what other people think. The back story to my request is at Talk:Comma Johanneum. Thanks. Anville 19:04, 16 February 2006 (UTC)
Slow edit warring and gospel articles
Anyone watch this page? There has been some slow edit warring over at Gospel of Matthew and Gospel of Luke (in addition to a couple other articles like Messianic prophecy). I was wondering if a couple more editors wouldn't mind throwing in their two cents. I want to remain objective and make sure that I am not being reactionary or too harsh. Most of these issues have to deal with conservative dating for the Gospels, which I feel have lead to POV issues. Thanks!--Andrew c 22:47, 19 May 2006 (UTC)
I will write Andrew about his concerns. Bbagot 00:59, 20 May 2006 (UTC) Bbagot
Help develop Scripture Database website
I've been conceptualizing a Scripture Database website for several years now. I've finally gotten around to publishing a rough draft of the site online. It is wiki-based and would make a good compliment to Wikipedia scripture pages. Please use my dedicated talk page to discuss. --J. J. 19:34, 3 June 2006 (UTC)
Latest in biblical terminology
Please join the discussion on terms like "Old Testament" and "Hebrew Bible": Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Countering systemic bias in religion#Latest in biblical terminology. --J. J. 15:57, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
I'm not sure how many people are watching this page, but I propose an article improvement drive on Augustinian hypothesis. Last week, I weeded out some of the larger quoted material and made a number of positive edits regarding POV issues and wikifing/format. The former of my edits was more controversial than I anticipated. I explained my edits on talk, and through the discussion and mutual edits of another user, seemed to have reached some compromise on this situation. However, another editor has stepped in also questioning my edits. I want to get more opinions on the state of this article, if I cut too much out, and if so, what needs to go back in. Also, there is one section of the article that is in serious need of sourcing. Hopefully the members of this project can contribute to these matters. So whether you are into conflict resolution or research or simply improving articles, I urge you to join us over at Augustinian hypothesis.--Andrew c 02:59, 1 July 2006 (UTC)
Someone has put up Snow-white Miriam for deletion - Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Snow-white Miriam. This seems to be part of a campaign they have recently started to remove historical-critical content from wikipedia articles. --User talk:FDuffy 17:20, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
The above proposed deletion is about a minister who won some sort of award for his biblical criticism. I don't know if he qualifies as notable on that basis or not. Please indicate at above whether his page should remain or not. Thank you. Badbilltucker 14:48, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
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Structuring articles on contemporary religious practice with Biblical roots
Many contemporary Orthodox Jewish religious practices have Biblical roots. In some cases, articles on contemporary practices have had contemporary information erased and were rewritten to appear as articles on a perspective on what may have happened in Biblical times.
I would like to make three proposals. The first is that articles on contemporary Jewish religious practices with Biblical references be structured by contemporary practice, not Biblical roots, although you are welcome to provide information on those roots as an addendum to the Biblical referneces. The second is that traditional and biblical-criticism perspectives on these practices and their origins generally be in separate sections. The third is that we devise an appropriate way to deal with s situation when articles about both Biblical and contemporary practices need to be structured or titled in very different ways. This may in some cases require two parallel articles, but in some cases we may simply need to pick which one to focus on.
I want to protest the fact that in some cases editors adding Bliblical Criticism perspectives have ridden roughshod over content on contemporary Jewish practices, rewriting them to remove all references to post-Biblical Jewish thought and practice and recasting as articles on (a particular view of) ancient Biblical society. An example is User:FDuffy's edits to Pidyon HaBen, which required me to revert and rewrite the article. I'm sure you can understand the difficulties this is causing us and I would appreciate it if articles referring to contemporary practice not be recast as Biblical articles.
Another difficulty involves articles like Heave offerings, which reflect a series of practices presented as having a unifying identifying element which is not relevant to the contemporary situation. An example is Terumah, which no longer has the "heave" implication in Modern Hebrew that it did in Biblical Hebrew but which is sent by the disambig page to Heave offerings. Terumah in contemporary Judaism refers to contemporary practices among Orthodox Jews that, while based on Biblical Terumah, have evolved substantially since their Biblical origins, and generally no longer involve a heave element. See e.g. the Maaser Rishon and Maaser Sheni articles I started. Even worse are situations when the supposedly identifying element is the subject of a contemporary debate as to its religious centrality. An example involves the Pidyon HaBen ceremony, also listed under Heave offering. Today as in Biblical times the Kohen customarily raises up (heaves) the five silver coins. However, the heave element isn't required by Talmudic law, and there is a passage in the Talmud that refers to a non-Kohen rabbi receiving Pidyon HaBen monies on behalf of his Bat Kohen wife. This long-dormant passage has given rise to an argument by contemporary Orthodox Jewish feminists that a Bat Kohen (female "Kohen") ought to be able to perform a valid Pidyon HaBen ceremony herself, but there is a question as to whether she can perform the heave element. This example of a feminist argument sticking to within classical sources -- an approach that may perhaps seem as foreign as the very idea of Orthodox Jewish feminism -- means that the validity of the femininst position may depend on ones view as to whether the heave element is or isn't central to what makes a contemporary Pidyon HaBen religiously valid. Thus the current classification involves an implication that Wikipedia is taking a position on a contemporary Jewish law debate of a sort that doubtless wasn't intended. Surely you can see how problematic this can be.
While I don't object to articles reflecting multiple views about biblical references to contemporary practices, my view is that these practices should be classified in a way that represents contemporary meaning. My personal view is that contemporary practices should generally be referred to in transliterated Hebrew with translations in parenthesis. Many Jews today use words like "Terumah" but there is essentially no contemporary constituency for a phrase like "heave offering". However, I want to avoid an out-and-out POV fork situation as well.
- I agree with Shirahadasha that in such articles a clear distinction needs to be made between the classical sources, their historical context and contemporary practice. Specifically, interpretations offered by academics should be distinguished clearly from traditionalist views. JFW | T@lk 23:30, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia Day Awards
Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 17:33, 29 December 2006 (UTC)
Lazarus and Dives RFC
An RFC has been filed to determine whether or not the position of the Jesus Seminar should be included in Lazarus and Dives. Your comments would be most welcome. --Joopercoopers 23:06, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
Aaronids and Levite Tithe have been nominated for deletion per WP:AfD on grounds of WP:POVFORK with Kohen and Maaser Rishon, respectively. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Aaronids and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Levite Tithe. Best, --Shirahadasha 22:36, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
I'd like to ask the members of this WikiProject to offer their opinion. I have for quite some time been concerned with the high-handed approach of FDuffy (talk · contribs) in Bible and Jewish history articles. While I strongly agree that DH and biblical criticism theories deserve mention, this user has a habit of completely rewriting articles, relying exclusively on a small set of sources that he regards as representative of DH theory. These are the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia and Richard Elliott Friedman's books, most notably "Who Wrote the Bible?"
Members of the "Judaism" WikiProject, largely writing from a traditionalist perspective, have been alarmed by Francis' approach, and I have personally called for a high level of scrutiny to Francis Duffy's edits. Again, this is not because I am opposed to the representation of biblical criticism on Wikipedia per se but the approach taken by this editor.
Mediation attempts from other members of this WikiProject are invited. I'd like to work with this highly knowledgeable editor, but not at the price of the abovementioned. JFW | T@lk 23:26, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
- I fully endorse and second JFW's concerns! It's time to stop FDuffy's latest shenanigans (yet again, sigh...) IZAK 08:09, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
What exactly do you mean by "with a high hand", and why are people in the WP:JEW project writing from a traditionalist perspective rather than a neutral one?
(can I also just point out that I don't consider "wikipedia jew" - "WP:JEW" to have been a particularly good choice of shortcut) --User talk:FDuffy 20:50, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
- I have to say that I believe that the standards of wikipedia are such that all relevant content can and should be included, from whatever perspective, including, in the case of articles relating to the Jewish Bible, Christian and Islamic perspectives, if separate articles on those subjects do not yet already exist. If individuals could point out the specific areas of concern, like specific articles that have been changed, specific "tendencies" with supporting diffs if possible, this would probably be a lot easier to discuss. John Carter 21:15, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
Gospel of Luke
We are working on some major changes to this article at Talk:Gospel of Luke specifically concerning higher criticism (date, author, etc), and input from participants of this wikiproject would be appreciated. The issue is trying to represent the scholarly consensus, if there is one, while also representing minority views, while balancing it all with due weight per NPOV. Other issues are what scholars to cite, how to describe the factions, and the bigger theological vs. historical issues that tend to arise when discussing religious belief and origins. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.-Andrew c [talk] 17:23, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
Source criticism is badly in need of attention
I have nominated this article for deletion or merger with Passover per WP:POVFORK. Please join the discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mazzoth. Best, --Shirahadasha 23:09, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm wondering if anyone on this project might want to adopt this article. It makes some important points about the interpretive process in connection to whole-part perceptions and post-modernism but they have only partial cites and probably need some amplification. There is also an unattributed mention of Schleiermacher. Another issue: Aside from an occassional book on semiotics, my reading of hermaneutics literature stopped somewhere around the early 1990's and I think this term might have come into use after that point. I don't know whether the term has enough material to justify its own article or if it should be merged into the Hermaneutics article. Any help from someone familiar with the literature relating to this topic would be appreciated. 06:23, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
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This is allegedly one of the most important forms of biblical criticism. As it stands, we don't have an article on it. Any help in creating such an article would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. John Carter (talk) 15:23, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
GA reassessment of Textual criticism
I have conducted a reassessment of the above article as part of the GA Sweeps process. I have found some concerns which you can see at Talk:Textual criticism/GA1. I have placed the article on hold whilst these are fixed. Thanks. Jezhotwells (talk) 18:49, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
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Template:Religious text primary
A TFD has ben opened on Template:Religious text primary. The TfD was opened on 2 December; so is due to close in two days time. Additional views and the widest input, from all perspectives, would probably be useful. Jheald (talk) 23:10, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
general biblical criticism methodology query
I am not sure if this is the correct place to mention this; my apologies if not, and please reassign as necessary. Most of the "biblical"-book articles I have read on wikipedia contain an "authorship" or "criticism" section. The vast majority of these only use DH as a critical method. (I am excluding certain apochyrpha and disputed works where solid historical and/or archaeological evidence is cited.) 1) Why is DH used as the primary method of criticism? It does not make sense from a NPOV stance to state analyses generated from a substantially discredited, inherently biased methodology as fact. Statements about, for example, "most modern scholars" are no longer accurate. We're not living in the 19th century. DH authorship sections should at least make some form of disclaimer regarding their value and evidence. 2) Why the lack of other critical methods and analysis? 3) Given the excessive reliance on a single (discredited) method, why are the sections given such prominence? They generally appear as the first section following the TOC, and DH statements often appear in the initial synopsis.
It seems strange to me that, with so much historical, textual, interpretative, cultural, and religious criticism and scholarship generating reasonable questions from actual evidence, wikipedia wastes the criticism section with unfounded speculation.