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Resource Spotlight: Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954 is a fascinating primary source collection of materials about American Jews from the American Jewish Historical Society, New York.  Completely searchable, the documents in this resource — letters, postcards, telegrams, notebooks, scrapbooks, minutes, reports, financial records, and other materials — provide a wide-ranging yet often intimate picture of the persons… Keep Reading

This Week’s Curator’s Talk: Franz Rosenzweig and His ‘Star’

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:15am-12:00pm every Wednesday morning during this semester for fascinating talks led by library librarians, archivists, and curators. To see the full series, click here. This week’s talk: Franz Rosenzweig and His ‘Star’ Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) numbers among the most significant Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. He wrote… Keep Reading

Japanese Book Binding Workshop Friday

A hands-on workshop for students, library staff and the community will be held at the Central Library Community Room on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 am and 11 am. Each session will last an hour; they are identical in content. The workshop includes two parts: A brief introduction to Japanese printing history from Bryan Lowe,… Keep Reading

New Faculty Interview with James Hudnut-Beumler

Librarian Chris Benda interviews Dr. Jim Hudnut-Beumler about his new book Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table: Contemporary Christianities in the American South in a new episode of Authorial Intentions. You can find the interview HERE.

Exhibit Opening: Sebastian Münster and 16th Century Christian Hebraism

Roots, Influences, and Beyond: Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) For fifteen hundred years, only a few Christians were able to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language. All that changed in the sixteenth century, when the first Hebrew grammars and lexicons were written by Christians. The leading Christian Hebraist of that period was Sebastian Münster, who… Keep Reading

Vanderbilt Libraries’ Open Mind Series: Informed Citizenship and the Economics of Information

Information is being democratized and diversified. Every cell phone video is a news story, every YouTube account is a classroom. Citizens no longer trust or rely on experts for their information, partially because they can obtain first-hand accounts of the world around them. In the age of untrusted experts and folk-journalism, folk-education, what is the… Keep Reading

Banned Books of the Bible

Banned Books Week Exhibit in the Reference Room, Divinity Library (Sept. 23-29) Throughout the centuries, religious writings considered scripture by certain groups have been contested by other groups.  Indeed, the production of biblical canons among Jews and Christians led to some books being deemed less useful than others — or even heretical.  Some books disappeared… Keep Reading

Divinity Librarian Profile: Keegan Osinski

  Keegan Osinski is the Public Services Librarian for the Divinity Library, which entails managing and supervising the service desk and scheduling coverage for staff and student workers.  She also serves as the subject librarian for the subject areas of theology and ethics.  She and colleague Bobby Smiley are developing and teaching a thesis writing… Keep Reading

Spinoza Collection Acquired through Provost’s Library Collections Initiative

At the suggestion of Professor Lenn Goodman, beginning last summer the library investigated the acquisition of the private collection of an independent Spinoza scholar. The collection was the culmination of decades of study, and offered a significant enhancement to the library’s collection. With a historically strong collection in Jewish Studies and Judaica, the addition of… Keep Reading