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Database Trials: Bloomsbury Collections

Nov 5, 2020

Two collections in Bloomsbury's Theology and Religion Online database are available through a trial subscription which expires December 4, 2020: Library of Catholic Thought and T&T Clark Jesus Library.

Library of Catholic Thought highlights:

  • Discover The New Jerome Biblical Commentary: Second Revised Edition - A new edition of this major reference work, which is digitally exclusive to Library of Catholic Thought. This new edition also features a preface by Pope Francis.
  • Explore Handbooks of Catholic Theology - A major international textbook series under the general editorship of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna, these five volumes cover key topics such as liturgy and church history
  • Delve into reference works, dictionaries, and sourcebooks - Seminal reference works and primary texts brought to the digital environment with updated prefaces, user guides, and specially commissioned content.
  • Read from our ebook collection - Featuring titles on Catholic theology, key thinkers, and socio-cultural concerns
  • Peruse 500 Images of Catholic artwork, manuscripts, and other artifacts

T&T Clark Jesus Library highlights:

  • Explore Major Reference Works including the 4-vol History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ and the 3-vol Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries (digitally exclusive to the resource)
  • Discover Companions and Monographs spanning new research areas and key topics
  • Read Digital Exclusive Articles written specifically for the resource by an international range of leading scholars
  • Peruse 500 images sourced from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Listen to our Audio Interviews with leading scholars in the field

Notice regarding Oxford University Press

Nov 4, 2020

We are aware of the issue accessing Oxford University Press content ( and have contacted OUP for assistance. Subscribe or check back at the link below for updates.

Native American Heritage Month

Nov 1, 2020

November is Native American Heritage Month.

Browse this curated bibliography of selected titles from the library collection and find material in Cherokee, Delaware, Navajo, Ojibwa and other languages in the Theological Commons.

You'll also find links to the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums, and more.

graphic for Native American Heritage Month

Saving your searches, opting in for text alerts and more

Oct 30, 2020

Did you know about these features of the library catalog,

  • Saving your searches
  • SMS alerts and renew by text
  • Mobile version and mobile app

Well, now you know!

Seriously, though, we're pleased to bring you these tools and hope they improve your experience.

Details are available in the library catalog (My Account Login Options and Help Center) and on the library website.

New York Times and the Washington Post

Oct 27, 2020

Here's the scoop: Our subscription to The New York Times remains active. To pick up or renew your academic pass, follow the instructions in the guide linked below.

The Washington Post discontinued its complimentary access for students and faculty in 2018 and is instead offering a subscription to individuals at a fifty percent discount. No institutional subscription is possible.

Theological Libraries as Spaces for Spiritual Formation

Oct 23, 2020

In an essay entitled Out of the Cloister: Theological Libraries as Spaces for Spiritual Formation, Princeton Seminary M.Div. Middler Briana Grenert asks, "Can theological libraries adapt to intentionally use their space to resist the separation of knowledge from love, and to participate in spiritual formation?"

Grenert, Briana. “Out of the Cloister: Theological Libraries as Spaces for Spiritual Formation.” Theological Librarianship 13, no. 2 (October 2020): 29–35.

Grenert's essay was selected as the winner of the Theological Librarianship student essay contest earlier in 2020.

Theological Librarianship is an open access journal publishing peer reviewed articles, as well as essays and reviews, on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

New in the Theological Commons: Koinonia

Oct 22, 2020

Koinonia : Princeton Theological Seminary graduate forum (ISSN 1047-1057), 1989-2011, is now in the Theological Commons digital library.

The content of much of this journal, 1989-2008, is indexed in the Atla Religion Database® with AtlaSerials PLUS®, but the full text of all 35 issues is now digitized and available in the Internet Archive and the Theological Commons.

New Faculty Book: African American Readings of Paul

Oct 19, 2020

African American readings of Paul : reception, resistance, and transformation by Prof. Lisa M. Bowens is now available in the library collection.

Call Number: BV4208.U6 B69 2020
ISBN: 9780802876768
Publication Date: 2020-10-01

"In the first book of its kind, Lisa Bowens takes a historical, theological, and biblical approach to explore interpretations of Paul within African American communities over the past few centuries. She surveys a wealth of primary sources from the early 1700s to the mid-twentieth century, including sermons, conversion stories, slave petitions, and autobiographies of ex-slaves, many of which introduce readers to previously unknown names in the history of New Testament interpretation."

James R. Tanis Collection of Church Postcards

Oct 9, 2020

The Digital Initiatives team is pleased to introduce a new digital collection into the Theological Commons, the James R. Tanis Collection of Church Postcards.

The collection contains over 20,000 postcards depicting church architecture across the United States. It was begun in the early 1900s by the young John Christian Tanis, father of James Robert Tanis, donor of the postcards to Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Donna Quick, Digital Production and Quality Assurance Specialist on the library's Digital Initiatives team, evaluated the churches represented on the thousands of postcards in this collection and then entered their title, location, denomination and any interesting notes into the item details for the Theological Commons.

Here's what she had to say about the collection:

This is a great resource for viewing the history and beauty of churches. Working with these postcards was like taking a long road trip across America. You can visit all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

I was amazed by how each church has its own personality. There are large, magnificent cathedrals and small one-room stone churches. Some can be found in the middle of busy cities and others sit alone on mountaintops. There are churches that have experienced earthquakes or floods and have come back to their previous glory.

One of my favorite churches was the Catholic-Protestant Church at Keystone, Nebraska [pictured at right]. It was a small one-room church with two altars and reversible pews for the different services.

Donna Quick, Digital Production and Quality Assurance Specialist

Library Catalog: Mobile Versions

Oct 7, 2020

Did you know? You can access the new library catalog with a mobile web browser and mobile app!