Coffee and more in the Brick Café

Sep 11, 2023

The Brick Café in Wright Library opens at 8am Monday through Friday and is a great place to meet and catch up with friends!

We are excited to offer La Colombe Coffee (Philadelphia, PA), sweet and savory snacks, breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked butter and chocolate croissants, market and signature salads and snack cups.

Full hours are posted on Inside PTS and on the library website (link below).

See you soon!

photo of the Brick Café shows beautiful open seating and café counter

PC(USA) Ordination Exams

Sep 6, 2023

Whether you are studying for the exegesis exam on Lamentations on September 23, or just curious about the ordination exams for the Presbyterian Church (USA), we've got you covered.

Check out the research guide at the link below for everything from a curated list of Wright Library materials about Lamentations and exam preparation guides to general resources from the PC(USA).

New Faculty (e)Book: Alterity and the Evasion of Justice

Sep 5, 2023

Alterity and the Evasion of Justice: Explorations of the "Other" in World Christianity, edited by Deanna Ferree Womack and Professor Raimundo C. Barreto is now part of the Wright Library e-book collection.

From the publisher's summary:

"As a contribution to the Fortress series on World Christianity as Public Religion, this volume delves into questions of religious alterity and justice in World Christianity. This volume asks what histories, practices, or identities have been left invisible in the field of World Christianity, and emphasizes liberationist concerns to consider what the field has overlooked or misrepresented. It recognizes that World Christianity scholarship has elevated voices of marginalized Christians from the Global South and challenged Eurocentric modes in the study of religion, but scholars of World Christianity must also attend to the margins of the field itself. Attention to the overlooked "other" within World Christianity scholarship reveals communities that have been excluded and questions of justice within the Global South that have been neglected.

This volume points to gender, sexuality, and race as intersectional themes ripe for exploration within the field, while also identifying areas of study that have fallen outside the dominant World Christianity narrative, such as the Middle East and the theological expression of indigenous and aboriginal communities in the aftermath of European colonization. The contributors to this volume advance a robust intercontinental conversation around alterity and the evasion of justice in World Christianity."

Follow the link below to view these and other recently published faculty books.

Wright Library closed for Labor Day

Aug 31, 2023

Princeton Theological Seminary offices, including Wright Library, will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023.

New Faculty Book: Do Black Lives Matter?

Jul 26, 2023

Do Black Lives Matter? How Christian Scriptures Speak to Black Empowerment edited by Lisa M. Bowens and Dennis R. Edwards has been cataloged - BR563.B53 D6 2023 - and added to the collection.

An e-book version will be available soon.

From the publisher's summary: "In this book Lisa Bowens and Dennis R. Edwards collate a virtual manifesto on the way the Bible serves as inspiration, theological grist, and even the language needed to be the change to people of good faith everywhere.

The authors of this book challenge the forces of racism that are so deeply entrenched in church and society today offering prophetic insight into Black resilience and the historic and ongoing importance of Scripture to that resilience. The authors also forefront the significance of Scripture to the Black struggle for justice by bringing together here prominent, gifted Black scholars in biblical studies, ethics, history, and theology, as their work and writing contribute so much to the ongoing struggle against injustice.

The book will offer both biblical reflection celebrating an African American theological reading and a prophetic call to arms by means of sermons and other reflections. The book includes contributions from: Jaime L. Waters, Jennifer Kaalund, Angela Parker Reggie, Williams Antonia Daymond, Brian Bantum, Danjuma Gibson, David Daniels, Y. Joy Harris-Smith, Vince Bantu, Marcia Clarke, Valerie Landfair, Antipas Harris, Luke Powery, Efrem Smith, Donyelle McCray, Jamal-Dominique Hopkins"

Image description: Photo of the book Do Black Lives Matter? How Christian Scriptures Speak to Black Empowerment edited by Lisa M. Bowens and Dennis R. Edwards; cover image includes overlapping drawings of people in different colors facing in different directions

Getting started with the new OED

Jul 19, 2023

With the newly launched version of the OED website, you can:

  • Use the advanced search to learn more about specific words, phrases, or major figures in your studies by filtering according to certain criteria.
  • Take advantage of the suggested onward searches to discover results matching specific queries.
  • Explore the entry factsheet to discover high-level information about an entry, such as word usage over time, etymology, and more.

"The Oxford English Dictionary is a comprehensive historical dictionary that aims to document the English language in all its varieties from the eleventh century to the present day. OED entries describe the origin, meaning, and history of each word by analyzing evidence of usage from the earliest known to the most recent."

This year, almost 100 years since the first print edition of the OED published, marks the beginning of a new era for this significant reference work.

Check out the new Oxford English Dictionary in the Databases A-Z list along with teaching resources, educational virtual events, video guides, and interactive quizzes.

All of the features of the new OED are also available to Princeton Seminary alumni.

Video guides to the OED are also available.

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Construction continues

Jul 14, 2023

There will be some more construction noise on the Concourse this summer as work on the display cases continues.

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New Database: Perlego

Jul 6, 2023

Following a successful trial period during the 2022-23 academic year, we're pleased to continue offering access to Perlego for another year.

Perlego* contains numerous biblical commentaries, including Feasting on the Word, Word Biblical, Interpretation, and Old and New Testament Library, along with hundreds of thousands of other e-books.

*When you click the link in the Databases A-Z list, you will be prompted to register. If you've already registered, look for "Login" or "Log in" in the upper right. If you have any difficulty, please contact the Discovery & Web Services Librarian.

New Faculty (e)Books: Profs. Black and Adogame

Jun 28, 2023

Professors Afe Adogame and Clifton Black have newly published e-books in the Wright Library collection. Follow the link below to view these and other recently published faculty books.

Interconnectivity, Subversion, and Healing in World Christianity: Essays in honor of Joel Carpenter, edited by Prof. Afe Adogame and Aminta Arrington, includes a chapter by Prof. Raimundo Barreto.

From the book summary/abstract:

"The rise of Christianity around the world has been the impetus for much religious and social change. The interconnectivity of religious centers has resulted in theological dialogue and innovation. The subversion of long-held categories of culture, gender, race, spirituality, theology, and politics has naturally occurred along with the transgressing of borders and boundaries. Yet at the same time, there has been occasion for healing through intercultural experiences of forgiveness, peacemaking, and reconciliation.

Stimulated by the work and mentorship of Joel Carpenter, who has done much to expand the study of world Christianity less through focusing on his own research and writing, and more through amplifying the voices of others, the international contributors to this volume from all six continents promote a deeper understanding of World Christianity through the exploration of such related themes."

Mark’s Gospel: History, Theology, Interpretation, by Prof. Clifton Black

From the summary:

"A preeminent scholar of the Gospel of Mark, C. Clifton Black has been studying and publishing on the gospel for over thirty years. This new collection brings together his most pivotal work and fresh investigations to constitute an all-in-one compendium of contemporary Markan scholarship and exegesis."

Follow the link below to view these and other recently published faculty books.

New Database: History of Religiosity in Latin America Online

Jun 14, 2023

Reproduced from a wide range of libraries throughout Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, Brill's History of Religiosity in Latin America Online contains 3,000+ books and almost 600 periodicals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries concerned with local devotions and syncretist rituals, religious iconography and poetry, and the pastoral campaigns of the various churches and sects in Latin America.