Did you know that we have a chat room? Did you know that we can name it whatever we want? What name would make sense for the Biblical Hermeneutics chat room?

Many of the rooms are named after a place where people who are the audience of the site might get a bite to eat or just hang out:

Christianity: The Upper Room

Meta.StackExchange: Tavern on the Meta

Philosophy: Philosophy Café

SciFi: Mos Eisley

But there's no reason we couldn't go with something else:

Chemistry: The Periodic Table

SuperUser: Root Access

Cooking: The Frying Pan

DBA: The Heap

Linguistics: lɪŋˈgwɪstɪks

But we should pick something that reflects our community even if it doesn't communicate much to outsiders:

Mi Yodeya: V'dibarta Bam

Since discussion has died down on this, I've accepted the top-voted answer (which I also happen to like) and unless there are objections, I'll change the chat room name soon. If a better name comes along, we can change it again. (But I expect we'll be happy in the Library for a very long time.)

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The Library


  • Vaguely academic sounding
  • Not religious (I think this is a 'Pro' because this is an academic site, not primarily a religious one, and not because I think 'religious' is a bad thing)


  • You aren't supposed to talk in a library (but online chat is more like passing notes so maybe it's ok) :-)
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    I just realized: we ♦ moderators are like librarians! Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 21:35
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    I talked a lot at my library at school... oops!
    – Kazark
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 15:20
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    The con turns out to be a major one. I actually think it's a fine name, but the irony is notable esp. considering how verbose our folks can be.
    – Caleb
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 16:28



  • We are a community dedicated to the preservation of knowledge about ancient texts.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls found there were, perhaps, the most important Biblical discoveries ever made.
  • It's a little bit of an inside joke to make people think.
  • I like Q.


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    And just what prompted Qum to get moving inthe first place, hmmm? Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 20:29
  • I like it, though I believe it's a bit too localized for the whole site.
    – swasheck
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 23:05

The Scriptorium


  • Focused on the texts, their transmission, and meaning
  • Academic and bookish
  • Feeling of antiquity


  • Religious connotation
  • Place for work, not for relaxing and, well, chatting

The Wilderness


  • It was a place where people received food and drink from heaven
  • It represents a place of testing, just as ideas are tested in the chat room
  • It's where people can go to grumble :)


  • Generally it's a pretty negative place to be, which is maybe not the impression we want to give

The Hermeneutical Circle


  • Is a primary focus of this SE.
  • Not testamentally, or even textually attached. It could be applied to the classics as well.
  • "Circle" can be understood as an area of influence and interaction



The Drashing Place


  • It means a place to sit and talk Torah- drash being what midrash comes from.


  • Few will get the reference.

Jacob's Well


  • It's a place where people gather to talk and drink
  • The food there is not real food, but a conversation


  • It's only referenced in the NT
  • Abraham's Well? Abraham's Tent? Moses' Tent? Do any of these work to cover all traditions? Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 5:46

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