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Exploring Theological Commons by Contributor

May 24, 2019

Since yesterday marked the birthday of the New York Public Library – one of the many contributors to our open access digital library, the Theological Commons – we'd like to highlight their content for our occasional #DigitalFridays spotlight. Just follow the link below!

What other institutions* have contributed digital resources to the Theological Commons? Follow the FAQ link below.

Contributors of each item in the Theological Commons are visible on (and hyperlinked from) the Item Details page as in the example on this page.

*Spoiler: The largest percentage of works in the Theological Commons has been contributed by the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May 6, 2019

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Explore lectures and conferences recorded at Princeton Theological Seminary, books in the library, and more. A selection of books are currently in a browse-able display on the Concourse on the first floor.

Cataloging and Christian Education Librarian, Sarita Ravinder

May 2, 2019

Sarita Ravinder, Cataloging and Christian Education Librarian, retired this year after 38 years of loyal service to Princeton Theological Seminary.

"My biggest joy being the Christian Education Librarian [was] to reach out to the Christian educators and pastors with the programs of the church, VBS training and working with families and children of the Seminary."

After completing an MA in Indian Philosophy at Osmania University in India and teaching Christian Education at a Bible college for a couple of years, Sarita began working in the library here on August 24, 1981 as Cataloging Assistant. She later became Serials Assistant and, in November 1993, the Christian Education Librarian in charge of the Charles G. Reigner Collection, also known as the Reigner Reading Room (originally located in Roberts Hall and later Tennent Hall). She completed two ThMs (1981, 1985) and an MLS (1993).

In his remarks at her retirement celebration, Archivist and Curator of Special Collections, Kenneth W. Henke noted "[Sarita] was especially known, not only for her knowledge of the [Reigner] collection which she was able to share with those who came in looking for materials, but also for special programs and workshops which she ran at various times of the year and for inter-generational family programs which she put together for Princeton Seminary student families and others. Her knowledge of the materials and quiet commitment were appreciated by many over all those years."

(Note that cataloging came back into her life when her role later expanded into Cataloging and Christian Education Librarian.)

We will miss her greatly. Best wishes to you in retirement, Sarita!

Sarita Ravinder, Cataloging and Christian Education Librarian, early in her tenure at Princeton Theological Seminary

Syriac collection in the Theological Commons

Apr 17, 2019

Public domain texts from the Beth Mardutho Research Library are now available as a new collection in the Theological Commons.

"Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language, and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. The eBethArké (Syriac for “digital library”) project was envisaged by George A. Kiraz in 2000 to become an open-access online library of Syriac books and material on Syriac studies. ... In summer of 2018, PTS installed Internet Archive’s Table Top Scribe system at Beth Mardutho to digitize George A. Kiraz’s private collection and other public domain texts at the Beth Mardutho Research Library. These texts are now available in the Internet Archive and the Theological Commons."

Improved document viewer in Readex Historical Newspapers

Apr 10, 2019

Readex recently announced the arrival of an improved document viewer in their Historical Newspapers resources. We thought we'd take the occasion to highlight those databases and another great resource with an excellent document viewer, the Internet Archive.

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library subscribes to several Readex resources, including American Religion: Denominational Newspapers, and Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876.

Since 2008, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has hosted the Internet Archive's East Coast regional digitization center and routinely submits print materials in the public domain (pre-1924) to the center to be digitized.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter: Library hours and reading

Apr 1, 2019

Take time to journey through the season of Lent with "God Speaks, We Speak" Princeton Theological Seminary's Lenten devotional book for 2019, devotionals from years past and other reading from the library collection.

Some books for Lent, Holy Week and Easter are currently on display on the main floor Concourse near the center staircase. More can be found at the link below and in the library catalog.

New faculty books: Barreto and Waters

Mar 21, 2019

The following new books by Princeton Seminary faculty have been added to the Library collection:

World Christianity Exhibit

Mar 15, 2019

The World Christianity Conference is again taking place at Princeton Theological Seminary, March 15-18, 2019. An exhibit, which includes artifacts and other materials, is on display on the main floor of the library.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Mar 15, 2019

We're pleased to be able to offer online access to this reference work from Brill. A print copy remains available in the reference collection at: REF BS680.G57 D53 1999.

"The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible contains academic articles on the named gods, angels, and demons in the books of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Apocrypha, as well as the New Testament and patristic literature. This online version contains the second extensively revised edition."

Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Mar 5, 2019

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library, in partnership with the Princeton University Library, recently purchased the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online (BEEC).

The BEEC "focuses on the history of early Christianity, covering texts, authors, and ideas. [It] aims both to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and also to update the history of scholarship. The BEEC addresses a range of traditions, including iconographic, martyrological, ecclesiastical, and Christological traditions, as well as cultic phenomena, such as the veneration of saints. The history of the transmission of texts and the attention to recent scholarship will play an important role. The BEEC focuses on early Christianity from a historical perspective in order to uncover the lasting legacy of the authors and texts until the present day.

Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. Currently only 330 articles are available. The encyclopedia will consist of about 1300 articles. Every year about 300 articles will be added until planned completion in 2022.

Once the online version is completed the encyclopedia will become available in print in 6 volumes."

We are thankful to the Princeton University Library for its ongoing commitment to library collaboration and to shared access where possible.