Exegesis Research Tools Workshops

Nov 16, 2023

Come explore commentaries, databases, and other library resources for writing exegetical papers. Drop-ins welcome!

  • Virtual: Monday, November 27, 2023 10:30-11:20 on Zoom (Passcode: 973985)
  • In person: Monday, December 4, 2023 10:30-11:20 in the Alumni Room NEW LOCATION

Need assistance before these sessions? Follow the links below.

New Faculty Book: The Legacy of Hans W. Frei

Nov 14, 2023

The legacy of Hans W. Frei, edited by George Hunsinger is now part of the Wright Library collection.

Find it on the shelf at BS501.F74 L44 2023 (currently in Course Reserves and the Center for Barth Studies) and as an e-book.

From the publisher's summary:

"This volume comprehensively demonstrates Hans W. Frei's unique contribution to theology and biblical hermeneutics. Divided into five parts, this volume first outlines the key biographical details, including a little-known interview from 1980 (here excerpted), and Frei's Jewish background while growing up in Nazi Germany. The four parts offer insights into both the centrality of biblical narrative and its fateful eclipse by modernity, as well as Frei's presuppositions on Anselm and Barth. The eminent scholars who contribute to this volume examine Frei's analytical rigor, his plea for a "high Christology" in the service of the church; and his shifting interpretations over the years of scripture's "literal sense". They ponder over Frei's relationship to his other contemporary notables such as Paul Ricoeur, Eberhard Jüngel, George A. Lindbeck and Carl F. H. Henry, along with an alternative Roman Catholic reading of the history of biblical hermeneutics over against the one he advocates."

Book cover: The legacy of Hans W. Frei, edited by George Hunsinger

New Faculty Book: A Three-Dimensional Jesus

Nov 7, 2023

A three-dimensional Jesus : an introduction to the synoptic gospels by C. Clifton Black is now part of the Wright Library collection. Find it on the shelf at BS2556 .B58 2023.

From the publisher's summary:

"In A Three-Dimensional Jesus, Clifton Black offers a fresh, critically sympathetic reading of the New Testament’s first three Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Intelligent and accessible, conversational and whimsical, this volume helps readers consider the questions that are basic to the Synoptic Gospels’ interpretation. Black addresses their literary genre and origins; portrayals of the figure of Jesus and other central characters; the relationships among these three books; and the social, political, and religious worlds from which they emerged and to which they were addressed. Individual chapters on each Gospel highlight their likely audiences, literary structures, and primary theological themes."

photo of the book A three-dimensional Jesus : an introduction to the synoptic gospels by C. Clifton Black

Play Biblio BINGO at Wright Library

Nov 3, 2023

Attention all Princeton Seminary students! This fall, not only are we running the ever-popular faculty book raffles, but Wright Library is also offering you a chance to be entered in a drawing for a gift card or other prizes.

Learn more about what Wright Library offers and have some fun!

How to participate:

  • Fill out your BINGO Card between now and Monday, December 11, 2023.
  • All cards must be submitted before the end of the day on Dec. 11 -- either dropped off at the Circulation Desk or emailed to Circulation Services (Library.Circulation@ptsem.edu).
  • Only Princeton Seminary students are eligible to win a prize.

Prizes:

  • Complete at least one horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line (BINGO) to enter a drawing for one of 11 tote bags.
  • Turn in your Bingo Card with all 16 squares filled out to enter a drawing for a coupon for 7 free drinks, 5 free drinks or 3 free drinks at the Brick Café.
  • The winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 13.
graphic includes photo of Wright Library, BINGO card with activities to complete and the words Play Biblio BINGO and win prizes Fall 2023

Wagner, Reichel, Bowens and Black

Nov 3, 2023

Faculty book raffles are back!

Enter to win in November and December. Entry forms will be at the Circulation Desk.

Drawings to be held at 2pm on the following Fridays:

  • November 10: After Method by Hanna Reichel
  • November 17: Do Black Lives Matter? by Lisa M. Bowens and Dennis R. Edwards
  • December 1: Fractured Ground by Kimberly R. Wagner
  • December 8: Mark's Gospel by C. Clifton Black
graphic includes photos of Wright Library and of the four books named in this post with the text Faculty Book Raffles Fall 2023

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Nov 1, 2023

November is Native American Heritage Month, sometimes called American Indian Heritage Month.

Part of the purpose of observing this heritage month is to increase the visibility of indigenous nations, tribes and individuals. There are three state-recognized tribes in New Jersey: the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe, the Powhatan Renape Tribe and the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation.

We invite you to browse a curated bibliography of selected books and journals from the Wright Library collection, find material in Cherokee, Delaware, Navajo, Ojibwa and other languages in the Theological Commons and engage with the websites, recordings and other material included in the guide linked below.

Among the resources highlighted you'll find links to the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums, and more.

Database Trial: Eerdmans Bible Commentaries: NT

Oct 27, 2023

Eerdmans Bible Commentaries: New Testament from Bloomsbury includes 54 commentaries on every book of the New Testament from leading international scholars. Hailing from a range of denominational backgrounds, these world-class Bible authorities lend their expertise to exegesis which draws on linguistic, literary, archaeological and historical scholarship to provide a rounded picture of the biblical text.

Trial ends November 25, 2023

Eerdmans Bible Commentaries: New Testament

New Faculty Book: After Method

Oct 26, 2023

After Method: queer grace, conceptual design, and the possibility of theology by Hanna Reichel is now part of the Wright Library collection.

From the publisher's summary:

"After Method assumes the impossibility of doing theology right-and moves beyond it. Organized as a conversation in two voices--with systematic-theological commitments represented by Karl Barth and constructive-theological commitments represented by Marcella Althaus-Reid--this book calls the redemptive potential of any methodological program into question. Indeed, the search for a full and complete theological account of reality has only further fragmented theological discourse. Thus, Hanna Reichel argues that method cannot 'save' us--but that does not mean that we cannot do better. After Method harnesses the best insights systematic and constructive theologies have to offer in their mutual critique and gestures toward a 'better' theology."

photo of the book After Method: queer grace, conceptual design, and the possibility of theology by Hanna Reichel

Inauguration Week at Wright Library

Oct 2, 2023

There will be increased activity and noise in some areas of Wright Library Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 15, 2023, related to the inauguration and installation of alumnus the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton as President on October 13.

The library will close at noon on Friday, October 13.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Image description: photo of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton standing in Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary

photo of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton standing in Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary

New Faculty Book: Poetic Living

Sep 29, 2023

Poetic living : theological education, culture, and pastoral ministry : essays in honor of M. Craig Barnes edited by Jacqueline E. Lapsley and Neal D. Presa, with contributions by Eric D. Barreto, Heath W. Carter, Keri Day, Nathan T. Stucky and Jonathan Lee Walton, has been cataloged - BV4030 .P64 2023 - and added to the collection.

An e-book version is also available.

From the publisher's summary: "Poetic Living offers timely and provocative insights on the present and future trajectory of theological education, faith and culture, and pastoral ministry from an intergenerational, interdisciplinary array of pastors, scholars, and theologians. In doing so, these writers honor the ministry of M. Craig Barnes, the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary."

Image description: photo of the book Poetic living : theological education, culture, and pastoral ministry : essays in honor of M. Craig Barnes outside with greenery and a red Seminary banner in the background