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Jan 9, 2017

Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible

The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books and other literature closely related to the Bible. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible. It makes full use of ancient Semitic and classical languages; at the same time, English translations of all comparative materials—Greek, Latin, Canaanite, or Akkadian—are supplied alongside the citation of the source in its original language. The aim is to provide the scholar with full critical discussion of each problem of interpretation and with the primary data upon which the discussion is based. Download/print chapters and search within the books.

New Book Tuesday

Jan 4, 2017

Each week, reference librarian Kate Skrebutenas recommends a new book from the shelves of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. You can find these and other recommended titles here: http://ptsem.libguides.com/services/newtitles. This week's #NewBookTues pick is:

Private practice : a guide for clergy considering a counseling career

by John H. Morgan

Call Number: BV4012.2 .M67 2016

Series: The GTF monograph series

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2016

Wishing you a merry Christmas! From all of us at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. 

The library will reopen on January 2, 2017. See you in the new year!

Special Library Hours, Winter 2016-17

Dec 12, 2016

December 2016 and January 2017

December 1-13, 2016:
Sun 1pm-11pm, Mon-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm
December 14-21, 2016:
Sun 1pm-2am, Mon-Sat 7am-2am
(swipe-card access, 9pm-2am)
December 22, 2016:
7am-9pm
December 23, 2016-January 1, 2017:
CLOSED (Seminary closed)
January 2-23, 2017:
Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm; Sun 1pm-9pm

Regular Term Hours resume Tuesday, January 24, 2017:

  • Sunday 1pm-11pm
  • Monday-Thursday 8am-11pm
  • Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Inclement Weather Policy

Delayed openings and unscheduled closings of the Seminary include the library building. Recorded messages announcing any closing or delayed opening will be available on the Seminary’s main phone number: (609) 921-8300.

Graphic showing library hours during December 2016 and January 2017, same as text on this page

Celebrate the season with these titles

Nov 30, 2016

Check out selected Advent and Christmas books, DVDs and CDs from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library's collection.

Expanded access to JSTOR

Nov 21, 2016

Access to 313 more JSTOR journal titles, including those in the JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection, is now available to current Princeton Theological Seminary students and faculty and to alumni/ae.*

*More about alumni/ae database access

Featured web resource: Theological Commons

Nov 18, 2016

Director of Academic Technology and Digital Scholarship Services, Greg Murray, describes the Theological Commons as a digital library of "over 88,000 resources ranging from the year 975 to 2015, in eight formats, ninety-six languages, forty subjects, and six featured collections. New content is added continually."

Learn more about this free web resource in Greg's recent column: Murray, Gregory P. (2016). Featured Web Resource: Theological Commons. Theological Librarianship, 9(2), 1-4.

Thanks for celebrating with us!

Nov 10, 2016

Looking back at Theological Libraries Month 2016

Diverse voices and playful rainbows

Many of you left comments on the "What about the library has left an imprint on you?" #LibraryImpact poster(s) by the service desk during Theological Libraries Month – both positive and negative. 

Some things you like more: clean, quiet spaces to read and study, friendly and helpful library and Brick Café staff, Reigner Reading Room programs, collections (books and other resources), lots of natural light, and (on sunny days at least) rainbows playing across the floors, walls and furniture. 

Some things you like less: public events in the Iain R. Torrance Atrium at the center of the library and generally any noisy activity where you're seeking silence.

Diversity: Every voice can be heard in the silent pages of the books. Men, women, children, Black, White. Right here I can hear everyone & it's transformative.

Ph.D. student wins ATLA #LibraryImpact contest

Princeton Theological Seminary Ph.D. student JP O'Connor shared these kind words about the impact of the library in his life and won the American Theological Library Association's Theological Libraries Month contest this October. Thanks, JP!

While my official entry for #LibraryImpact is not creative, it is heartfelt in its entirety. The library at Princeton Theological Seminary provides a space for me to learn. The full nuance of “space” is an important one for me, especially considering my finicky, selective, perhaps even snobby, coffee shop preferences. I like to feel welcome in a space. I like to feel at home in a space. The full range of this abstract feeling can be concretely set in categories of cleanliness, hospitality, or familiarity. But these concrete categories don’t really do it for me. They don’t feel entirely honest. The truth is, I just love my library. I love it for the reasons above. It is clean way beyond any normal standards. The staff’s friendliness could easily put Starbucks to shame. I love it for the books it holds. Some of my favorites, some I have yet to meet. I love it for the people I see everyday. So, do I love it because of certain concrete categories? Or does my love for it cause me to see these categories more charitably? I am not sure. Perhaps both. Nevertheless, my gratitude extends to all those who contribute to making this beloved library space quite loveable.

Faculty Book Raffle

And congratulations to our weekly faculty book raffle winners! David P. Smith, MDiv student (Exploring the Bible, by Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan); Robert Cella, MDiv student (Tolerance among the Virtues, by John R. Bowlin); Kerry-Ann DaCosta, MDiv student (Rethinking Celebration: From Rhetoric to Praise in African American Preaching, by Cleophus J. LaRue); and Charles Johnson, PhD student (Where the Gods Are: spatial dimensions of anthropomorphism in the Biblical world, by Mark S. Smith).

Electronic Records Day, 10/10/16

Oct 10, 2016

We celebrate spooky things every October, but expired links shouldn’t be one of them! So your electronic files don’t fade into the mist like a ghost on Halloween, pay heed to these “10 reasons why electronic records need special attention”. Happy Electronic Records Day, from Digital Archivist, Jackie Rider!

Be sure to check out Jackie's Web Archiving @ PTS #ExploringResearchResources presentation on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 and feel free to contact her using the link below.

New Research Databases

Oct 5, 2016

The Library has recently purchased three new research databases: Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Non-Biblical Texts (Brill), Flavius Josephus Online (Brill), and Patrologia Orientalis Database (Brepolis).