Pitts Closing for Thanksgiving

The Pitts Theology Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, and we will remain closed until 7:30am on Monday, November 27th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For all library hours, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hacking Ministry: A Spring Course at Candler

The Pitts Theology Library Reference Librarians invite you to sign up for their Spring 3-hour course, “Hacking Ministry.” This course takes a practical and historical approach to the question of how technology is changing the practice of worship. We will teach you how to use some of the tools common in worship today (podcasting, website development, graphic design), but we will also give you the space and tools to think critically about how new tools change old practices.  For more information, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/courses or contact a Reference Librarian.

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Happy Halloween from the DIA!

Happy All Hallows’ Eve Eve from the Pitts Theology Library! If you’re still hunting for costume ideas, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in the bountiful Digital Image Archive. Perhaps you’re thinking of something angelic?

cherub Look no further than the printer’s device for Thomas Anshelm Badensis (note the monogram), on the left. All you’ll need is a bed sheet, a curling iron, and a friend who is willing to be your cherubic companion. If you’re feeling particularly accurate, you can bring a banner with the Hebrew and Greek versions of the name of Jesus.

angelBut perhaps you would prefer a more imposing angelic costume. In that case, you might consider an archangel, like this engraving of the archangel Michael by Carl Schuler (1785-1852) to the right. You’d need some wings and a friend to dress up as the object of the angel’s wrath. Bonus points if you can manage to conjure a cloud that lingers imposingly behind you all night.

The Digital Image Archive can also offer some more frightening inspiration, if you’re in the mood. Use the Scripture Search feature to hunt for images from Revelation 17, for example. There you’ll find images of the many beasts of the apocalypse, like this magnificent specimen below:



As always, remember that DIA images are perfect for bulletins, posters, and for browsing…and not just on Halloween!

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Reformation Day at Emory 2017

The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an archbishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us. Find out more here. Register for lunch today online or by calling 404.727.6352.

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Zotero Workshops this Week

Are you interested in making your research world a little more organized? Do you want to keep track of your research more systematically? Do you wish to avoid the rush of having to generate bibliographies at the end of a research project? Zotero is a citation management tool that can, in the words of one researcher, “change your life.” For this week’s Weekly Workshop, on Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, our reference librarians will introduce you to this tool and show you how to keep track of everything you are reading. Visit http://pitts.emory.edu/ww to sign up for the workshop, bring your laptop with you, and be prepared to become a much more efficient researcher and writer! For a preview, visit our research guide on Zotero (http://guides.theology.library.emory.edu/zotero).

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Schedule a Research Consultation

Do you have a research paper due this term? Do you want to find the best sources for your topic? Schedule a research consultation! Our reference librarians will work with you to help you find the best strategies and sources for your research project.

To book an appointment, stop by the reference desk, call us at 404-727-0645, or contact us online at http://pitts.emory.libanswers.com/. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Pitts Closed the Weekend Before Fall Break

The Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, in advance of Fall Break (10/9-10/10). For all library hours, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Enjoy your Fall Break!

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Luther Handwriting Discovery!

A three line inscription on the title page of a 1520 pamphlet from the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection (pictured above) was recently identified by the German Church Historian Ulrich Bubenheimer as being in the hand of Martin Luther himself!

The author of the pamphlet–a fictitious dialogue critical of Pope Leo X’s bull that threatened Martin Luther with excommunication–was previously unknown. However, Luther’s gift inscription to Wolfgang Wolprecht, Prior of the Augustinian monastery in Nuremberg, allows us to conclude that it was composed by Johannes Petzensteiner (1487-1554), a fellow Augustinian who had come to Wittenberg from Nuremberg to serve as lector.

The inscription reads idest p.[atris] lectoris / Betzensteynn / priori Volfgango Volprechto N[urenbergensi] (= This is Pater Lector Betzensteynn, for Prior Wolfgang Wolprecht of Nuremberg) and follows the printed line Excusum, impensis & opera Iohannis Coticulae. The Latin coticula means whetstone (German Wetzstein), which becomes Betzstein or Petztstein in some German dialects and thus came to serve as a pseudonym for Johannes Petzenstein, who was later one of Luther’s two travel companions (with Nikolaus Amsdorff) on his return to Wittenberg from the Diet of Worms.

We are delighted with this new discovery and with Prof. Bubenheimer’s verification. As Kessler Scholars Advisory Committee member Tim Wengert noted, “Over the course of his career, Prof. Bubenheimer has proved himself to be the premier expert in identifying Luther’s handwriting, having spent his entire career uncovering hitherto unknown inscriptions by Luther. In this particular case, his reconstruction is spot on and helps to show the way other fellow Augustinians supported Luther in the early stages of the Reformation.”

You can compare this new Luther inscription with another item from the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection: Luther’s handwritten discussion of some problems of chronology in the Old Testament!

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Keep Up With Pitts!

Did you know you could get weekly updates about workshops, events, exhibits, and new resources at Pitts? We send out a concise email every Monday called the Pitts Prospectus, which will keep you in the loop for all things Pitts. You can sign up to receive the Prospectus emails at pitts.emory.edu/prospectus— you can opt out at any time, but we promise not to get boring!


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Save Time, Use Research Guides!

Did you know that Pitts Theology Library creates guides to save you time and help you with your research? These “guides” are web pages that contain suggested resources for researching a particular topic. Each guide includes general resources and a more focused bibliography, so they are useful for beginners as well as more advanced researchers.

There are guides for almost any topic, particularly the introductory Candler courses this semester: History of Christianity, Old Testament and New Testament, and our overview guide, Theological Research for Beginners.

You can search for guides on topics of interest by clicking on the Research Guides link on the left hand side of the Pitts homepage.

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