Theodore Sedgwick Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Wright Library serves Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and wider communities of students, pastors, and scholars. Shaped by two centuries of development, Wright Library embraces its role at the intersection of the theological record and the community of scholars, continues Princeton's commitment to build collections of depth, and promotes an environment of broad access to the t

heological heritage. Primary sources are represented both by original early editions or reprints and by modern critical editions. In addition to circulating and periodical collections, Wright Library contains the Reigner Reading Room, which houses educational materials and religious curriculum materials to support church ministry; Special Collections, including the Karl Barth research collection and a growing number of Digital Collections, including the Theological Commons. Connect with us on Instagram (princetonseminarylibrary) and Twitter ()

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"It is very curious that the apparent diameters subtended by the sun and moon are so nearly equal that a total eclipse o...
04/05/2024

"It is very curious that the apparent diameters subtended by the sun and moon are so nearly equal that a total eclipse of the sun is barely possible." Newcomb, Simon. 1878. "Eclipses of the Sun." The Princeton Review 54 (6): 848-864. https://go.exlibris.link/d7Q239pp Princeton Theological Seminary

"But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; ...
04/02/2024

"But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him." Mark 16:6
Happy Easter to all who celebrated this week-- and to those who will celebrate on May 5. The Lent, Holy Week, Easter curated bibliography is available year-round: https://ptsem.libguides.com/easter Princeton Theological Seminary

Biblical women speak: hearing their voices through new and ancient midrash / Marla J. Feldman, BM509.W7 F45 2023  https:...
03/05/2024

Biblical women speak: hearing their voices through new and ancient midrash / Marla J. Feldman, BM509.W7 F45 2023
https://ptsem.libguides.com/whm

"I want to suggest that many times God says, 'Go' without naming a place. And more often God says, 'Go' and names the pl...
02/29/2024

"I want to suggest that many times God says, 'Go' without naming a place. And more often God says, 'Go' and names the place. And we will never ever be happy until we have found in that place." Richard Allen Farmer, Sermon on the Book of Jonah recorded in 1980 https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/01927 Series: Black History Week Princeton Theological Seminary






Rev. Edler Hawkins (1908-1977), former Professor of Practical Theology and first Black professor Princeton Theological S...
02/26/2024

Rev. Edler Hawkins (1908-1977), former Professor of Practical Theology and first Black professor Princeton Theological Seminary featured in Presbyterian Historical Society's recent update on the African American Leaders and Congregations Collecting Initiative https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/2024/02/aalc-collecting-update "In 2023, we added 29 new African American collections amounting to more than 25 cubic feet and 26 gigabytes of data. These included the commonplace books of Edler Hawkins--texts that he carried whenever the time required a prayer or a song." Image: photo of Prof. Edler Hawkins browsing in the library published in Princeton Seminary's Alumni News, Volume 18, Number 2 (Winter 1978) p.36

Come and listen - Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church Choir Concert (1980) featuring the poetry of Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue (Class of ...
02/23/2024

Come and listen - Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church Choir Concert (1980) featuring the poetry of Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue (Class of 1983) from her book Doretha. https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/01996-1 Payne Seminary Princeton Theological Seminary

Listen to past Warfield Lectures beginning with James I. McCord in 1959 in the Theological Commons, https://commons.ptse...
02/23/2024

Listen to past Warfield Lectures beginning with James I. McCord in 1959 in the Theological Commons, https://commons.ptsem.edu/warfield https://warfield.ptsem.edu/previous-lectures/

The 2024 Anne Kinkead Warfield Lectures at Princeton Seminary will take place from March 18โ€“21! We welcome this year's presenter, Dr. Philip G. Ziegler of the University of Aberdeen. His series "God's Adversary and Ours" centers around the complex theology and overall significance of the Devil. Register to attend in-person or virtually. https://warfield.ptsem.edu/

Decolonial Horizons: Reimagining Theology, Ecumenism and Sacramental Praxis, BT83.593 .D43 2023 and Decolonial Horizons:...
02/20/2024

Decolonial Horizons: Reimagining Theology, Ecumenism and Sacramental Praxis, BT83.593 .D43 2023 and Decolonial Horizons: Reshaping Synodality, Mission, and Social Justice, BT83.593 .D433 2023, both edited by Raimundo C. Barreto and Vladimir Latinovic and also available as e-books https://ptsem.libguides.com/facultybooks Princeton Theological Seminary

"...February 16. I attended the celebration of Bishop Allen's birthday in Bethel Church, Philadelphia, and there was a f...
02/16/2024

"...February 16. I attended the celebration of Bishop Allen's birthday in Bethel Church, Philadelphia, and there was a fine gathering/ Old Brother Tate represented Father Allen, and Mother Todd Mother Allen. I returned from Philadelphia, and then went to Columbia, Pa., and lectured in the Opera House for Rev. M. F. Sluby." p.247 in My recollections of African M.E. ministers, or Forty years' experience in the African Methodist Episcopal church (1881) by Rev. A. W. Wayman https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/myrecollectionso00waym from the Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive

Now also available in print: Interconnectivity, Subversion, and Healing in World Christianity: Essays in honor of Joel C...
02/15/2024

Now also available in print: Interconnectivity, Subversion, and Healing in World Christianity: Essays in honor of Joel Carpenter, edited by Afe Adogame & Aminta Arrington, BR50 .I576 2023, and Mark's gospel : history, theology, interpretation, by C. Clifton Black, BS2585.52 .B535 2023 https://library.ptsem.edu/blog/new-faculty-ebooks-profs-black-and-adogame Princeton Theological Seminary

Encounter a new devotional or book of reflections or return to a familiar guide as you journey through the season of Len...
02/14/2024

Encounter a new devotional or book of reflections or return to a familiar guide as you journey through the season of Lent. https://ptsem.libguides.com/lent Princeton Theological Seminary

"What do you do when you find yourself in a difficult season of waiting where heaven is silent or the trumpet is soundin...
02/09/2024

"What do you do when you find yourself in a difficult season of waiting where heaven is silent or the trumpet is sounding forth an uncertain sound? Our natural instinct, especially those of us who have bought into the take-charge attitude, is to try to make something happen; to try to make our season of waiting come to an end. It is here that T.S. Eliotโ€™s advice in 'Ash Wednesday' is so appropriate: 'Teach us to sit still.' There are seasons in all our lives when we shall have no choice but to wait." Cleophus James LaRue, It Will Surely Come, The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Volume 20 issue 2 (1999), p. 191 https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/princetonseminar2021prin-dmd010 Princeton Theological Seminary [Listen at https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/06323]

02/09/2024

Today, for we'd like to introduce you to ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐…๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐‘๐ž๐ž๐ฌ๐ž.

Rev. Reese was first called to be Pastor of Trinity United Presbyterian Church and Millerโ€™s Ferry Presbyterian Church in Alabama. He was next called to serve as Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church on the campus of Knoxville College. He served as Professor of Homiletics in Kenya, and upon his return, agreed to serve as the Christian Education Consultant for the Synod of Catawba in Charlotte, N.C.

Prior to his โ€œretirementโ€ in 1993, Rev. Reese served in a number of positions with the Presbyterian Church, with his last being the Director of the Racial Ethnic Ministry Unit. Post-retirement, he served as the Interim Executive Presbyter for the Presbyteries of New York City, Detroit and Newark. At age 93, he โ€œre-retiredโ€ as Supply Pastor for the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA., and continued to preach at events and programs across the country until his death in 2022.

PHS had the honor of interviewing Rev. Reese and collecting his oral history for our Living History video series. Visit our YouTube at the link below to hear James Foster Reese explain how his background as a Presbyterian seminarian helped him advocate for voting rights for all during the 1950s.

https://buff.ly/3UemnV4

๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก.

During the month of February, we are encouraged--and we encourage you--to take the time to remember, to learn about, and to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. PHS joins in paying tribute and celebrating the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history.

The Mission, Unity and Soul of the Church in the Local Community   given   in 1984 by Rev. Marvin A. McMickle as  part o...
02/02/2024

The Mission, Unity and Soul of the Church in the Local Community given in 1984 by Rev. Marvin A. McMickle as part of the Conference on Ecumenism Princeton Theological Seminary https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/03828

02/02/2024

๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก.

During the month of February, we are encouraged--and we encourage you--to take the time to remember, to learn about, and to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. PHS joins in paying tribute and celebrating the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history.

Today, we'd like to introduce you to ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐€๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง.

Anderson was a renowned American contralto, performing a wide range of music, from opera to spirituals, during the mid-twentieth century.

In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let Anderson perform in front of an integrated audience in Washington, D.C. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt caught wind of the DAR's refusal, and, with the aid of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, welcomed Anderson to perform an open-air concert on Easter Sunday that year, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The event, which has come to be critically acclaimed, drew a crowd of over 75,000. It was simultaneously radio broadcasted, reaching the ears of thousands more.

Years later, on January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. At the time, she was also working as a delegate to the UN Human Rights Committee, as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for the US Dept of State, performing concerts all over the globe. Anderson participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, performing at the March on Washington in 1963.

To celebrate the second day of Black History Month, we are sharing a recording of Marian Andersonโ€™s acceptance speech, when she was honored by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church with an award for her contributions to human rights. The citation, presented during the 164th General Assembly, read:

โ€œThe Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., has the honor to present to Miss Anderson its recognition of the beauty of her spirit, the glory of her matchless art, the fidelity of her dedication to freedomโ€™s cause, for she has sung unto the Lord a new song, a song of our common brotherhood in Christ.โ€

To hear her speech, visit Pearl our digital collections database:
https://buff.ly/2u6aNOG

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Princeton Theological Seminary Library serves Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and wider communities of students, pastors, and scholars. Shaped by two centuries of development, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library embraces its role at the intersection of the theological record and the community of scholars, continues Princeton's commitment to build collections of depth, and promotes an environment of broad access to the theological heritage. Primary sources are represented both by original early editions or reprints and by modern critical editions. In addition to circulating and periodical collections, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library contains the Reigner Reading Room, which houses educational materials and religious curriculum materials to support church ministry; Special Collections, including the Karl Barth research collection and the Abraham Kuyper collection of Dutch Reformed Protestantism; and a growing number of Digital Collections, including the Theological Commons. Connect with us on Instagram (princetonseminarylibrary) and Twitter (@PTSLibrary)