BECNT John's Gospel

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Nov 1 2017 2:19 AM

Any thoughts why this book isn't available for purchase?

https://www.logos.com/product/8075/baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament-john 

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 2:51 AM

Not showing in the collection of BECNT either- strange?

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Scott E. Mahle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 3:27 AM

The BECNT was available as an 18 volume set. It appears John has been removed.

I wonder if the John volume quietly got caught up in the plagiarism storm which swept through a while back due to a lack of citations?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 3:38 AM

Whyndell Grizzard:

Not showing in the collection of BECNT either- strange?

And it's no longer listed at the publisher's website:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/series/baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 3:39 AM

It’s in the collection, check again: https://www.logos.com/product/55025/the-baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament#005

Maybe not available for individual purchase, but it’s there.

DAL

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 3:45 AM

DAL:

It’s in the collection, check again: https://www.logos.com/product/55025/the-baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament#005

Maybe not available for individual purchase, but it’s there.

DAL

Nevermind! There are two links: 1 with a 17 Volume set (no John) and 2 with the 18 Volume set but no option to purchase.

That’s really messed up! I thought this volume was way better than Carson’s.

DAL

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 8:49 AM

DAL:

That’s really messed up! I thought this volume was way better than Carson’s.

Well, now there may be a reason it was "better than Carson's."...and not a good one.  But will retain final judgment until the facts are disclosed.

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Due to misattribution issues, Baker has taken the volume out of print and asked us to remove it from the site. Here is their statement:

2804.OP Notification.pdf

I'm sorry that this didn't get posted earlier. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 8:59 AM

Ben Amundgaard (Faithlife):

Here is their statement:

2804.OP Notification.pdf

Well, there you go DAL, the author admitted to overusing Carson's material and that Carson was his mentor.  So the student has not yet become the teacher...

Of course, if you are truly comparing with Carson's, then the difference is genuinely the author's - and if that material is what you liked better, then your opinion stands.  But if the material you thought was the author's turns out to be Carson's, then it means Carson's is still better.

Just thinking out loud.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 9:21 AM

This is just unfortunate, on all sorts of levels.  I'm glad that these plagiarism issues are being addressed head on, but it's sad that it was necessary.  Let's hope that everyone ups their game so that these sorts of problems can be avoided in the future.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 9:22 AM

I hope logos picks up his new volume when he completes it

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 10:08 AM

EastTN:
This is just unfortunate, on all sorts of levels.  I'm glad that these plagiarism issues are being addressed head on, but it's sad that it was necessary.

Hoping the impact on Mobile Ed courses which use this resource can also be addressed. This is the third time I can think of, where a resource has been pulled for plagiarism, which has deprived customers from accessing portions of a course.

I can't afford to preemptively buy resources to ensure that I can access 100% of a course I (might want to) own.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 1 2017 10:32 AM

Michael S.:

Ben Amundgaard (Faithlife):

Here is their statement:

2804.OP Notification.pdf

Well, there you go DAL, the author admitted to overusing Carson's material and that Carson was his mentor.  So the student has not yet become the teacher...

Of course, if you are truly comparing with Carson's, then the difference is genuinely the author's - and if that material is what you liked better, then your opinion stands.  But if the material you thought was the author's turns out to be Carson's, then it means Carson's is still better.

Just thinking out loud.

I loved the fact Andreas gave options on the wine Jesus made, whereas Carson claims it was straight alcoholic wine. I don’t believe Jesus did such a thing.  Anyway, Köstenberger says he’ll write an updated edition. 

DAL

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Robert Neely | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 2 2017 3:54 PM

fyi   I wonder how much the new edition will cost for those who have already purchased the volume that was pulled.

"Dr. Köstenberger was the first to bring this matter to our attention. He has identified the cause of the problem, has apologized to his mentor Dr. Carson, and has made restitution to Dr. Carson and his publisher. Dr. Köstenberger also intends to produce a new edition of the commentary that will bring it into conformity with academic publishing standards and incorporate his more recent research on John.

Baker Publishing Group regrets the inconvenience caused by this matter. We will work with accounts and customers to rectify any concerns raised. And we affirm our ongoing commitment to publishing in accordance with the standards of the academy and the publishing industry."

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 2 2017 4:11 PM

DAL:

 What’s funny is that Baker doesn’t say anything about providing a refund for those who have purchased a copy of this work. 😁

DAL

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I just got off the phone with Andreas, was a very helpful conversation. He pointed me to his personal statement on the matter here:

https://www.biblicalfoundations.org/letter-dr-kostenberger/

The source of the problem in both books is the notes a teaching assistant made on Carson's Pillar volume nearly 20 years ago. This was the source of the subsequent attribution problems since the same notes were used for subsequent projects. This explains why one of Carson's commentaries is attributed consistently and other is not. So far as I know, the problem is restricted to that one source. Kostenberger is ultimately responsible, as he has stated. But things came to light as he was using the same set of notes for another project referenced here:

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/statement-from-zondervan-academic-on-dr-andreas-kostenbergers-john-commentary/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FpQHu+%28Koinonia%29

Andreas is one of the most fastidious people I know, an Austrian economist. This is why the publishers are characterizing the problem as lack of attribution and not plagiarism. Both are formally the same, but only the latter has intent. It's a nuance, but an important one. 

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 4:00 AM

Dr. Steven E. Runge (Logos):

This is why the publishers are characterizing the problem as lack of attribution and not plagiarism. Both are formally the same, but only the latter has intent. It's a nuance, but an important one. 

Thank you for that clarification.  I will not be giving up the sources if the offer is given.  I done that with O'Brien's works, and wish I had not, so I will not make that mistake again- ESPECIALLY knowing the nature of this one is a footnote error and not actual plagiarism.  Would be nice if they simply make the correction and re-issue.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 9:59 AM

Dr. Steven E. Runge (Logos):
the publishers are characterizing the problem as lack of attribution and not plagiarism

It's about time. And it's also about time we stopped treating *unintentional* plagiarism/lack of attribution as a practical crime. Treating these types of mistakes the same way we treat intentional plagiarism minimizes the real problem and creates artificial culpability with unintentional errors.

Dr. Steven E. Runge (Logos):
lack of attribution and not plagiarism. Both are formally the same, but only the latter has intent

Unfortunately, your definition isn't followed by many (most) academic institutions. In a majority of policy statements I've read (and I've read quite a few, having served on an academic dishonesty committee), both are treated as plagiarism regardless of intent. And this is part of the problem about which I'm whining.

In any case, I truly hope the reputations of these scholars is not damaged by these kinds of errors.

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Abram K-J | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 11:43 AM

So the idea seems to be that in the note-taking/research process, the brain tells the hand to write down or type up the other person's material, but the brain somehow does not also, in that same moment, tell the hand to write down or type up quotation marks and bibliographic info.

I get stuck when the conversation moves to whether or not (repeated, sustained) "plagiarism" can be accidental. Quotation marks and sourcing don't just fall out, and I don't see how scholars of this renown can (systematically, repeatedly) forget to put them in in the first place. For one or two instances, maybe, but widespread? It doesn't make sense.

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 12:38 PM
Abram K-J:
Quotation marks and sourcing don't just fall out,

Logos copies the material verbatim; no quotation marks are provided. The burden is on the user to add them in, to distinguish between their material and someone else's material.

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