The Blog as a medium for Bible commentary
Michael Pahl has announced his intention to write a commentary on 1 Thessalonians
in the form of a blog. This is really exciting. The form of blog is significantly different from the form of a vanilla hypertext. Of course the blog format will allow the usual hypertext features, and I'll be interested to see just how Michael implements and uses them. But blog also allows, even demands, interaction with both other (external) sites and with readers.
So, in the comments Michael promises "...when I list the primary textual witnesses to 1 Thess in an upcoming post, I can link to descriptions and photographs of various manuscripts.
" How I wish such things had been more possible when I began Amos.
[ NOTE TO SELF: I wonder if we should plan on including more external links in the Hypertext Bible Commentary, I am still hesitant knowing how often (even today, though much
less than a decade ago!) resources move creating a broken link to be fixed.]
In many ways, though, the comments feature will be the more interesting. For Amos I interacted by email with many hundreds of readers, but by email (and so invisibly to other readers). I wonder how much more impact visible comments will have, and will the filtering effect of the blog medium be sufficient to efficiently filter out the nutters...
A project I'm really going to watch with interest!