Workshop Materials Online

Did you miss one of our Weekly Workshops? Curious about the material we covered, related to research strategies, digital tools, or citation? Materials from our weekly workshops (held Wednesdays at 12pm and Tuesdays at 3pm), including slides and handouts, are available online. Visit http://pitts.emory.edu/ww for the current semester’s materials and http://pitts.emory.edu/pastworkshops for archived materials from past semesters. If you would prefer to go over this material with a librarian, please contact us!

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Thursday Honors Returns this Week

The coffee, snacks, and conversation return this Thursday, and we hope you will join us. Thursday afternoon has become a highly anticipated time of the week at Candler. From 2:00 to 3:00 pm each Thursday, the library holds the Thursday Honors event: a coffee and refreshment break for all library patrons. Funding for the event is provided each week by donors, who choose to honor individuals or groups from the community. Past honorees have included Candler staff members, student groups, and alumni. Honorees’ photos are featured on the welcome screen at the library entrance throughout the week.

The response to the event has been overwhelmingly positive, and the Pitts staff is excited about continuing to provide and develop this weekly opportunity for recognition, conversation, and refreshment. To sponsor a Thursday Honors event, please contact Rebekah Bedard at rebekah [dot] bedard [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Library Closing Due to Weather

The Pitts Theology Library will close at 2pm on Friday 1/22, and we will remain closed on Saturday 1/23, in anticipation of weather conditions in Atlanta. This is consistent with the closing schedule of Emory University. The library will re-open at 2pm on Sunday 1/24. If you have any questions, please contact a reference librarian.

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Workshops: Now on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Welcome back to campus for what we hope is a superb Spring 2016 semester! As you are looking at your calendars, consider attending one of the Pitts Weekly Workshops: in addition to the regular Wednesday meetings (12-12:50), we have added a Tuesday session (3-3:30). The Tuesday afternoon time slot should be perfect for students who have OT the hour before— and we will be serving coffee to help keep us all alert!  The workshop schedule for the Spring represents a wide array of topics— two sessions are specifically designed to support NT or OT exegesis classes, while others reflect the ministerial (Social Media for Churches, Worship resources), academic (Zotero, Research Fundamentals, Editing), and practical (MS Office, Storage) needs of our community. To read more about these offerings, and to sign up for individual sessions, visit: www.pitts.emory.edu/ww

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Closing for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

The Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday (1/16), Sunday (1/17), and Monday (1/18), in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. The library will re-open at 7:30am on Tuesday 1/19. For all library hours, please visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours.

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J Term Hours

Happy New Year! J Term hours begin this Monday, January 4 and run until Sunday, January 10. During J Term, the library will be open from 7:30 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm on Friday. The library will be closed on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10.

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Holiday Hours

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Pitts Theology Library! As finals come to an end, we hope that you will enjoy a well-deserved holiday break. Our holiday hours run from Wednesday, December 16 through Sunday, January 3, and are as follows:

Open: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Weekends, December 24 – 27, December 31 – January 3

From December 21 through 31, 2015, the Special Collections department will be open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for this time period, please email bwason [at] emory [dot] edu.

Have a Merry Christmas!

 

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Reformation Day at Emory 2015

The twenty-eighth annual Reformation Day at Emory focused on Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel, and Civic Code. After docent-led tours of Dr. Armin Siedlecki’s exhibit ‘That We a Godly Life May Live’: Martin Luther and the Ten Commandments, Dr. M. Patrick Graham presented highlights from the year’s acquisitions to the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. We then heard the preaching of Professor Jonathan Strom and enjoyed a luncheon musical program with the Candler Singers, directed by Rev. Barbara Day Miller.

In the afternoon, we listened to three lectures on the Ten Commandments: Professor Brent A. Strawn clarified fundamental aspects of the Ten Commandments, Professor John Witte Jr. examined the uses of the Ten Commandments in Reformation politics and law, and Professor Ted A. Smith explored the question “What Would it Mean to Live by the Ten Commandments Today?” Videos from the sermon and the three lectures are available at the following link.

To receive updates on next year’s Reformation Day at Emory, contact us at theologyref [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Oxford Biblical Studies Online Now Available @ Pitts

Pitts Theology Library has initiated a trial with Oxford University Press to offer the Oxford Biblical Studies Online package to all Emory students, faculty, and staff, as well as walk-in users in the library, through Databases@Emory (link and description below). We are hoping that there will be sufficient interest in this excellent collection of online texts, commentaries, and reference works to justify a full purchase of the package, beginning in 2016. So, we invite you to explore these resources and come speak to the Pitts reference librarians about the content that is included. We are excited about the possibility of offering this on a permanent basis, and if we do purchase it, we will be developing instructional material soon.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online @ Emory: http://pitts.emory.edu/obso (requires Emory login)

Description from the Publisher

Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource. Easy to search and navigate, this site offers a ready access point for a wealth of Bible text and commentary—including the New Oxford Annotated Bible and five other popular Oxford Study Bibles—under the direction of a team of esteemed scholars headed by Editor in Chief Michael D. Coogan. Texts from selected Oxford Bibles can be viewed in side-by-side display with the user’s choice of commentary and annotations from the Study Bibles, the stand-alone Oxford Bible Commentary, and A-Z concordances for the NRSV and NAB translations. The Bible content is supplemented by collections of major apocryphal Old and New Testament texts in translation. In addition to the Bible texts, Oxford Biblical Studies Online offers quick access to over 5,000 A-Z entries from the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford Companion to the Bible, and a wealth of other Oxford references. Users can easily navigate to hundreds of topical essays within the Oxford Study Bibles themselves, in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies, The Oxford History of the Biblical World, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible, Oxford Bible Atlas, and other works, and access hundreds of searchable images and maps from these major scholarly publications. Research in Oxford Biblical Studies Online is enhanced by timelines, a special Tools & Resources section with informative tables and charts, a list of Internet resources approved and recommended by specialists in the field, a lectionary calendar, and suggested reading lists for further research. A Bible Verse Look-up feature and sophisticated search and browse capabilities allow for easy navigation through the site. Oxford Biblical Studies Online is updated with new content and revised articles twice a year. In addition to this, Focus On essays are updated six times per year, keeping researchers informed of advances in the field.

Key Texts Available Online (a select set; see a full list here: http://global.oup.com/obso/whats_inside/)

New Oxford Annotated Bible

Jewish Study Bible

Catholic Study Bible

Oxford Bible Commentary

Concise Concordance to the NRSV

Oxford Bible Atlas

Oxford Dictionary of the Bible

Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible

Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

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How Do I Read the Church Fathers and Mothers?

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You’ve heard their names in class—Augustine, Origen, Thomas Aquinas and Julian of Norwich. Still, you’ve stayed away, because finding resources on the Church Fathers and Mothers is difficult! How do you know where to locate translations? And how do you know if the translation is any good? This Wednesday, the library ran a workshop to address precisely these questions.

What is the bare minimum you need to begin researching one of the church mothers or fathers? First, you need to know the person’s name, being specific as possible. Augustine of Hippo and Augustine of Canterbury may share the same name, but they are separated by an entire continent and at least two centuries. Second, you need to know the name of the author’s works—it is helpful to know these titles in both English and their original language (Latin or Greek), since translators will often leave titles untranslated.

There are two big questions you should ask yourself as you asses a translation’s value. First, what kind of translation is it? This entails knowing a little bit about the author (do they have a history of publishing on this topic) and his or her perspective (are they writing Thomas Aquinas as a philosopher or a theologian)?  Second, when was the translation written? Older translations, while often still useful, do not take into account new information that has come to light (such as newly discovered manuscripts or resources).

To cover your bases, always read the translation’s introductory material as well as the foot or end notes. These can give you clues to the translator’s choices and perspective. Consult reviews of the book (no one likes critique more than language scholars!). Finally, if possible, compare translations—points of difference can often be a productive place to begin research. Below you will find links to print translations in a series, as well as online translations. Keep in mind that standalone translations (single volumes) may be the best and most current translation available– look in reference works or speak to a librarian to help find these editions!

Here is a list of several print collections of historical works in translation—many available in the Pitts Reference section.

  1. Ante-Nicene Fathers as well as Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers (early church)
  2. Classics of Western Spirituality (early church up through late medieval– shelved by author, not as a series. Julian of Norwich translation is linked as an example!)
  3. Library of Christian Classics (early church through late medieval)
  4. Loeb Classical Library (Classical Greek and Roman authors, some early church– Augustine is linked as reference. Original language and English translation included.)
  5. Fathers of the Church (early church– housed both in a series in Reference and with individual authors in the stacks– Ambrose is linked as an example)
  6. Works of Saint Augustine (all of Augustine’s work in translation)

Here is a list of online resources—always investigate the age of online translations!

  1. Loeb (digital)
  2. Perseus Digital Library (including texts, dictionaries, and morphological analysis of Greek and Latin words)
  3. New Advent (translated early and medieval texts– including Thomas’ Summa theologiae)
  4. Christian Classics Ethereal Library (resources for biblical study, many early and medieval Christian authors in translation)
  5. Fordham Sourcebooks (collections by era (ancient, medieval, modern), by geography (Byzantium, Africa, Mediterranean), and by topic (Judaism, slavery, etc.))
  6. Tertullian.org (extensive resources specifically on Tertullian)

Feel free to check out the powerpoint slides from the workshop, as well as the handout (with fun flowchart on choosing a translation!).  As always, please feel free to contact reference librarians for advice about finding and citing these resources!

 

 

 

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