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Explore Modern Texts by Major and Marginalized Voices from the Abrahamic Religions

By Darren G. Poley


The first three volumes of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library (Alexander Street Press) are collections of digitized texts by thinkers from the religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Access to these content collections allows you to trace key concepts of theology across texts by important modern writers as well as to be able to understand contemporary issues of interfaith dialogue and comparative religion.

You can explore individually each volume of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library. Volume I, Christianity brings together, for example, many of the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jürgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Jon Sobrino, as well as the Gesamtausgabe, Kirchliche Dogmatik and other writings by Karl Barth.

Volume II, Islam includes works by Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Said Nursî, Rashid Rida, and Muḥammad T̤āhirulqādrī, as well as books in series like “Makers of the Muslim World” published 2005-2015.

Volume III, Judaism assembles materials from scholars such as Wilhelm Bacher, Heinrich Laible, Nathan Michael Gelber, and Siegfried Silberstein, as well as those in the Markus Brann Archive from the National Library of Israel.

At the collection level, you can browse or search authors and titles of works. You can also browse series or topically by subject. Advanced keyword searching and browsing by genres are even more ways to tap into a volume. Genres include letters, biographical works, scriptural commentaries, and political writings.


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. Every e-text in these collections is also accessible via Falvey’s online catalog: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Search.

 

 



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New Online Resources On Diverse Religious Traditions

By Darren Poley

Seeking out authoritative encyclopedia articles to become familiar with a topic or the vocabulary scholars use to discuss a subject is an important step when starting a research project.

It has become commonplace for researchers to access reference tools such as encyclopedias via the Web. Brill, a respected academic publisher, has transitioned many of its offerings in the field of religion to the digital format.

Falvey now provides access to some new online resources on a diversity of religions. So whether you are interested in Judaism, Hinduism, Early Christianity, or comparing various religious traditions, the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, and the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online are great places to start.

The authoritative Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur in German is currently being translated into English. The result is the ongoing publication of the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online. Right now, only entries from A to L are available in English. Falvey will add updates as newly translated content is made available.

The Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur Online is fully available. This reference work covers many aspects of the modern life of European and American Jewry and the non-European Jewish Diaspora, from the mid-eighteenth century and the Jewish Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century and the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Falvey has in print the 6-volume Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (call number: BL1105 .B75 2009). It now also offers the content from this major work on the many facets of the Hindu traditions via Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online. Some of what it covers is divinities, sacred texts and languages, ritual and religious traditions, ancient and modern teachers, its migration and communities outside south Asia, and Hindu engagement with contemporary moral issues.

The term Christian applied mono-culturally seems to imply a homogeneity within the Christian religious tradition of the first six centuries of the common era that was just not the case. In the period of the early church there is a rich multicultural heritage filled with controversies and ecumenism.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the most important authors, texts, ideas, and places that played a role in the history of the development of Christianity up to the period of Late Antiquity. It gives an understanding of the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. And incorporates elements from the specialized areas of New Testament Studies, Patristics, and modern historical scholarship.

 


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities, and Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. You can access these encyclopedias and other online reference tools from the Theology and Religious Studies Subject Guide on the Library Website.

 



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Falvey Provides Access to Religious Documents from the 16th and 17th Centuries

By Darren G. Poley

Are you looking for primary source materials of a religious or theological nature from the era of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Revival? Printed texts on many subjects burst onto the scene in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Western Europe. A wide variety of controversial, exegetical, pastoral, social and political works from that time have been gathered into two online collections: The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts and The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation.

They present full-text historical documents, and both include an array of document types, such as pamphlets, sermons, compendia, catechisms, biblical commentaries, and doctrinal treatises.  Between them there is a broad representation of various denominational traditions and religious orders.

Period editions are presented in their original languages of Latin, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can search by topic, author, biblical citation, or the original title of a work.

 


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities, and Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. You can access these collections from the Databases A-Z page on the Library Website.

 



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Last Modified: January 29, 2020