News and activities at Norma Marion Alloway Library, Trinity Western University

Month: February 2023 (Page 1 of 3)

The Long Night Against Procrastination: Thursday March 2

Alloway Library and Learning Commons’ Long Night Against Procrastination is this Thursday.

Don’t put off this great evening of study, research and learning suppports, with refreshments, music,  dogs and more to keep you motivated in the struggle against procrastination.

Here’s what’s happening between 6 and midnight

On the main level : 

Advisors & Academic Coaches: All night long

Treats. While supplies last

Putting Green : All night long

Craft/Relaxation table : All night long

Quiet study space  in the Glass Room: All night long

Centre for Calling & Career Development: 6 till TBA

Research help desk: 6-9:30

Writing Centre: 6- 11:30

Bubble Tea: 6:15 While supplies last

Writing and Research Workshop: 6:30-7:30 Onsite and online

Dog visits: 7 – till TBA

Live Music with guitarists Jong Woo Choi & Wyatt Harivel: 7-8:00 (SAMC Gallery)

Coffee & Popcorn  8:00 While supplies last

On the upper & lower levels:

Quiet study space  all night long


The Apologetics of C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is considered a classic in Christian apologetics. Be sure to check out “The Apologetics of C.S. Lewis” exhibit showcasing Lewis’ classic work either online or in-person by making an appointment to visit the Rev. Dr. Hans and Colleen Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collection located on the upper level of the Norma Marion Alloway Library and Learning Commons.

The current exhibit was written by Dr. Paul Chamberlain, TWU professor of Ethics & Leadership, and features a first edition, autographed copy of Mere Christianity by Lewis.

The exhibit runs until summer 2023.

[Illustrations used in exhibit signage was taken from the 1955 First Paperback Edition of Mere Christianity by Fontana Books, Collins, Great Britain.]

#TWULibrary #TrinityWestern #KouwenbergCSLewisFriendsCollection

New Titles Tuesday February 21

Here is a selection of titles added to the collection in the past week.

 An intertextual commentary on Romans. Volume 1, Romans 1:1 – 4:25 /Channing L. Crisler. An intertextual commentary on Romans. Volume 3, Romans 9:1-11:36 /Channing L. Crisler. An Intertextual Commentary on Romans is an exhaustive treatment of the hundreds of Old Testament citations, allusions, and echoes embedded in Paul’s most famous epistle.  The interplay between Romans and its vast sea of Old Testament pre-texts produces unstated points of resonance that illuminate Paul’s rhetorical argument from the letter’s opening to its closing doxology. The overarching aim of the commentary is to provide scholars, interpreters, and students with verse by verse analysis of how Israel’s Scriptures impact almost every clause of Paul’s most famous letter.

 An obituary for Wisdom Literature: the birth, death, and intertextual reintegration of a biblical corpus /Will Kynes. An obituary for Wisdom Literature considers the definitional issues long plaguing Wisdom scholarship. Kynes argues that Wisdom Literature is not a category used in early Jewish and Christian interpretation. He casts new light on the traits long associated with the category, such as universalism, humanism, rationalism, empiricism, and secularism, which so closely reflect the ideals of that time. The book builds on recent theories from literary studies and cognitive science to create a new alternative approach to genre that integrates hermeneutical insight from various genre proposals. This theory is then applied to Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs, mapping out the complex textual network contributing to their meaning.

 Doing Asian American theology: a contextual framework for faith and practice /Daniel D. Lee. With insights from interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theory, Lee’s theological methodology and vocabulary offers a process of integration and reconciliation for Asian American theologies in service of Asian American communities of every kind

Dreamers, scribes, and priests: Jewish dreams in the Hellenistic and Roman eras /by Frances Flannery-Dailey.  This investigation focuses on divinely-sent dreams in early Judaism and discusses their literary forms and socio-religious functions. It examines Jewish dreams in the Bible, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Josephus, setting them in the wider context of antecedent and contemporary dream cultures.

 Ethics in the Qumran community: an interdisciplinary investigation /Marcus K.M. Tso. Tso uses an interdisciplinary methodology to reexamine a long-neglected subject. Rather than the contents of ethics, the author focuses on the bases of ethics in the Qumran community, using the texts it collected as the primary evidence.

 Evil and the devil /edited by Ida Fröhlich and Erkki Koskenniemi. Evil and the Devil brings together contributions from leading international scholars  tracing the history of evil from its origins in the Old Testament through early Judaism and the New Testament to the thought of Origen and one of the topic’s most influential theologians, Augustine. The result is a fascinating and comprehensive exploration of portrayals of evil and its power and influence on religious thought.

 Joel, Obadiah, Micah /Daniel Epp-Tiessen. Old Testament scholar Epp-Tiessen explores the diverse, yet related content of these three prophetic books, always paying attention to how they might speak words of grace and healing into the disorientation, exile, and challenges of our own time. He also confronts the theologically problematic features of these books, especially their conviction that the salvation of God’s people requires that God obliterate their enemies. This volume explores how we might read Joel, Obadiah, and Micah in light of the larger biblical story of God’s saving purposes that reach their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

 Learning our names: Asian American Christians on identity, relationships, and vocation /Sabrina Chan, Linson Daniel, E. David de Leon, La Thao.  In this compelling resource, a team from East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian backgrounds encourage us to know our history, telling diverse stories of the Asian diaspora in America and the impacts of migration, culture, and faith.

 Light against darkness: dualism in ancient Mediterranean religion and the contemporary world /Armin Lange … (ed.) Light Against Darkness is comprised of articles that put on display the power and pervasiveness of dualistic thought. The articles in this volume treat Dualism across a wide historical spectrum and from multiple methodological perspectives. The studies are organized around the religious and cultural contexts of Ancient Judaism and they include contributions from leading voices on ancient Persia, Israel, Greece, and Egypt. Experts on modern religious and philosophical thought not only lend context to concepts applied to the ancient world, but engage recent European and American experiments in binary thought. All of the studies contribute to a richer and more complete portrait of dualism in ancient Judaism.

 Paul–his life, letters, and teaching: convenient summaries /by Murray J. Harris. A convenient summary of the life, letters, and teaching of Paul of Tarsus, one of the key figures in early Christianity. The book first sketches Paul’s Jewish pedigree, his sterling rabbinic training under Gamaliel the Elder, and his enthusiastic persecution of Jewish infidels known as the followers of Yeshua of Nazareth. After tracing the circumstances that gave rise to his thirteen extant letters written to infant Christian churches, the book ends with an investigation of Paul’s relationship with the Jewish Law, the nation of Israel, and the historical Jesus. Other topics of timeless interest include his teaching on death, resurrection, and immortality, his view of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and his advice about ideal family relationships.

 Pauline eschatology: the apocalyptic rupture of eternal imperialism /Daniel Oudshoorn ; foreword by Larry L. Welborn. Pauline eschatology must be examined in light of apocalyptic resistance movements; Pauline eschatology must be understood in light of the realized eschatology of Roman imperialism; and the ideo-theology of Rome must be explored in detail. This is the task of Pauline Eschatology, the second volume of Paul and the Uprising of the Dead. In it, we will witness how Pauline apocalypticism ruptures the eternal now of empire, and this, then, paves our way for the detailed study of Paulinism that follows in volume 3, Pauline Solidarity.

 Pauline politics: an examination of various perspectives /Daniel Oudshoorn. Pauline Politics examines the main positions taken in relation to Paul and politics and then engages in a thorough examination of the underlying arguments used to argue that this-or-that position is more or less plausible. Underlying arguments tend to relate to two things: first, positions on the socioeconomic status of Paul, his coworkers, and other early Jesus loyalists; and second, positions on Pauline eschatology. This volume will comprehensively explore these matters.

 Pauline solidarity: assembling the gospel of treasonous life /Daniel Oudshoorn. Pauline Solidarity explores: (a) how the Pauline faction transforms relationships within the household unit in the new transnational family of God; (b) how dominant cultural conceptions of honor are rejected in the embrace of shame in the company of the crucified; (c) how vertical practices of patronage are replaced with a horizontal sibling-based political economy of grace; and (d) how the gospel of the Caesars is overcome by the lawlessness of the good news that is being assembled in an uprising of life among the left for dead. Along the way, many of the traditional themes associated with Paulinism (grace, justice, love, loyalty, sin, flesh, death, Jesus, spirit, life) are reexamined and understood as core components of a movement that was spreading among vanquished, colonized, oppressed, dispossessed, and enslaved peoples who were finding new (and treasonous) ways of organizing themselves in order to be life-giving and life-affirming, and in order to counter all the death-dealing structures of Roman imperialism.

 Receiving 2 Thessalonians: theological reception aesthetics from the Early Church to the Reformation /Andrew R. Talbert. Epochal voices in the reception history of 2 Thessalonians.  These readings open up new questions for later readers of Paul’s letter, and their meaning is located in their fittingness to the form of Christ. This work offers a truly interdisciplinary methodology that brings together the wayward children of biblical and theological studies.

 Relocating world Christianity: interdisciplinary studies in universal and local expressions of the Christian faith /edited by Joel Cabrita, David Maxwell, Emma Wild-Wood. An Introduction, Afterword and case-studies argue for the importance of transregional connections in the study of Christianity worldwide. Returning to an older post-war conception of ‘World Christianity’ as an international, ecumenical fellowship, the present volume aims to highlight the universalist, globalising aspirations of many Christians worldwide. While we do not neglect the importance of the local, our aim is to give due weight to the significant transregional networks and exchanges that have constituted Christian communities, both historically and in the present day.

 Ruth /Havilah Dharamraj with Philip Ewan Yalla. This commentary presents the book of Ruth through a uniquely Asian lens that helps bring out the nuances of this Old Testament text that are often missed or misunderstood. The deep and skillful exegesis presented will satisfy a scholarly reader, yet the language used is accessible enough for lay preachers and teachers to understand, appreciate, and use. This commentary brings the text to life; Ruth is no longer a story in a time long gone, but one that effortlessly unfolds right in front of your eyes.

 Speaking in the spirit: a study of New Testament prophecy /Stephen Wexler. Few subjects are more contentious and more misunderstood in the church today. This book examines the issues by carefully studying Scripture and the works of the most prominent scholars. The conclusions have profound implications for Christian belief and behavior.

 Studies in Qumran Aramaic /edited by T. Muraoka. 

 Temple of presence: the Christological fulfillment of Ezekiel 40-48 in Revelation 21:1-22:5 /Andrea L. Robinson. Robinson explores a variety of apocalyptic works from the Second Temple period to determine the tenor of thought in regard to the concepts of the temple and the messiah in John’s day. Ultimately, she helps readers understand how John utilizes Ezekiel’s imagery to portray Jesus Christ as the eschatological temple–the place where heaven and earth unite. By uncovering how original hearers would have understood John’s visions, Robinson’s insightful study helps modern readers appropriate the same hope of a glorious future with the Messiah.

 The faith of Qumran: theology of the Dead Sea Scrolls /Helmer Ringgren; translated by Emilie T. Sander; edited with a new introduction by James H. Charlesworth.  Ringgren focuses on the major themes of Doctrine, Organization, and Cult, and Place Within the History of Religion. Includes a new Foreword by James H. Charlesworth, which portrays the importance of this book in light of recent controversy and research.

 The pastoral epistles: an introduction and commentary /Osvaldo Padilla. With thoughtful exposition Padilla’s introduction to Timothy and Titus will give anyone looking for comprehensive but accessible commentaries on the pastoral epistles a renewed appreciation for the wisdom in these two letters and what they can teach us. The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are ideal for students and teachers of theology and an excellent resource for preachers and individual Christians looking to broaden their knowledge and explore the riches of Scripture more deeply. .

 Understanding Korean Christianity: grassroots perspectives on causes, culture, and responses /K. Kale Yu. This study presents a missional methodology based on the study of the native landscapes of Korea. Yu argues that the process of formulating and communicating Christianity was less consistent than is usually supposed. By immersing the reader in the thought and lived experience of various Korean contexts, Yu recreates the diversity of cultural landscapes experienced by Korean Christians of different periods in history. The result is a new interpretation of cross-cultural missional interactions.

 Weltanschauung and apologia: a study in C. S. Lewis /Elias Hofer. This book allows us to accompany C. S. Lewis on his intellectual and spiritual journey from atheism to pantheism and eventually to Christianity. It analyzes key elements of Lewis’s Christian worldview and identifies challenges leveled against it from alternative worldviews. It examines Lewis’s apologetic methodology, highlighting how it was shaped by his worldview, and provides an analysis of Lewis’s specific responses to a number of objections. The project also serves as a comparative analysis of worldviews, particularly as they relate to truth claims of the Christian faith. The notion of worldview is critical to the formulation of views. One’s worldview determines how reality is perceived. It’s characterized as a set of glasses through which we view our surroundings and interpret experiences. It accounts for the perspective we bring to every event in life and helps explain why different people’see’things differently when looking at the same data. The same evidence may lead one person to reject a particular conclusion, while moving another to embrace what the other rejected. Lewis’s major works are explored at length in this book. Although much has been written about Lewis, Hofer’s examination of the influence of worldview on his work is unique.

Black History Month 3


Here’s the third feature of material highlighting Black Achievement – these are a selection of recenlty acquired titles on Black History, literature and art

 African origin of civilization: myth or reality? This classic presents historical, archaeological, and anthropological evidence to support the theory that ancient Egypt was a black civilization.

 Ancient African kingdoms: from the kingdom of Kush to the Mali empire A broad history of one of the greatest civilizations that ever existed… Here’s the untold story of the most prominent African kingdoms! Did you know that ancient Africans developed some of the first mathematics systems, established language, revolutionized architecture, and much more? Their ideas have spread across the world and we have been building on their knowledge for all these years.

 Beyond racial division: a unifying alternative to colorblindness and antiracism In his model of collaborative conversation and mutual accountability, sociologist George Yancey offers an alternative to racial alienation where all seek the common good for all to thrive.

 Black Africa: the economic and cultural basis for a federated state This expanded edition continues Diop’s campaign for the political and economic unification of the nations of black Africa. It concludes with a lengthy interview with Diop.Civilization or barbarism: an authentic anthropology

 Collected Poetry Senghor Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa’s most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor’s complete poems made his work available for the first time to English-speaking audiences.

 Journal of a homecoming / cahier d’Un Retour Au Pays Natal  Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal is a landmark of modern French poetry and a founding text of the Négritude movement. This bilingual edition features a new authoritative translation, revised introduction, and extensive commentary, making it a magisterial edition of Césaire’s surrealist masterpiece.

 Keywords for African American studies Introduces key terms, interdisciplinary research, debates, and histories for African American Studies This volume assembles the keywords of this field for the first time, exploring not only the history of those categories but their continued relevance in the contemporary moment. Taking up a vast array of issues such as slavery, colonialism, prison expansion, sexuality, gender, feminism, war, and popular culture, Keywords for African American Studies showcases the startling breadth that characterizes the field. Keywords for African American Studies provides a model for how the scholarship of the field can meet the challenges of our social world.

 Leo Frobenius on African history, art, and culture Frobenius’ pivotal works on African culture represented a landmark study in ethnography. His writings, when discovered by young African intellectuals studying in Europe in the early 1900s, reverberated throughout the community of Africans in search of cultural legitimacy. Frobenius was credited with restoring Black Africa’s soul and identity in the early part of the last century. His contributions and observations laid the groundwork for the concept of Negritude, which developed hand-in-hand with the self-determination of the Harlem Renaissance.

 Precolonial black Africa This comparison of the political and social systems of Europe and black Africa from antiquity to the formation of modern states demonstrates the black contribution to the development of Western civilization.

 Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 : Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice Based on her extensive work with churches and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has created a roadmap to show us the way. This revised and expanded edition shows us how to take the next step into unity, wholeness, and justice.

 Season in the Congo This play by renowned poet and political activist Aimé Césaire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. A Season in the Congo follows Lumumba’s efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Césaire depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism. Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Césaire’s play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

 A tempest : based on Shakespeare’s The tempest, adaptation for a Black theatre Césaire’s rich and insightful adaptation of The Tempest draws on contemporary Caribbean society, the African-American experience and African mythology to raise questions about colonialism, racism and their lasting effects.

The lost gospel: Christianity and blacks in North America The main areas of this study dwell on the church’s role in education, development of Black leadership, assimilation and independence of Black churches. These themes are used in reconstructing and investigating the socio-religious encounter between Blacks, from the United States and Protestants who belonged mainly to the White churches in Upper Canada. There is also a focus on the educational nature and extent of the relationship of the Protestant church and Blacks. The relationship between Blacks and churches revealed the pre-occupation with education which became the guiding concept in the lives of Blacks.

 Tragedy of King Christophe (a play) The Tragedy of King Christophe is recognized as Aime Cesaire’s greatest play. Set in the period of upheaval in Haiti after the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1806, it follows the historical figure of Henri Christophe, a slave who rose to become a general in Toussaint Louverture’s army. Christophe declared himself king in 1811 and ruled the northern part of Haiti until 1820. Cesaire employs Shakespearean plotting and revels in the inexhaustible possibilities of language to convey the tragedy of Christophe’s transformation from a charismatic leader sensitive to the oppression of his people to an oppressor himself.

 White privilege: the myth of a post-racial society Kalwant Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy making has increased rather than decreased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. She also shows how certain types of whiteness are not privileged; Gypsies and Travellers, for example, remain marginalised and disadvantaged in society. Drawing on topical debates and supported by empirical data, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

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