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Christmas Illumination from the Saint John’s Bible on Display in Payson

The new Saint John’s Bible display in the Payson Library lobby is currently featuring an illumination of a nativity scene, from the first page of the book of Luke. The nativity scene shows a manger surrounded by animals in front, Mary and Joseph to the right, and the shepherds and townspeople on the left. A beam of light connects the manger upwards towards heaven. The angels intersect this beam to form a gold cross, reminding us that the reason for Christ’s birth was to be fulfilled with the crucifixion and resurrection. You can see the illumination online here, or visit Payson Library to see it in person.

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of sacred art that unites an ancient Christian tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce the hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The Heritage Edition, on display in Payson Library, is a fine-art reproduction of the original with the mission of igniting the spiritual imagination of people on all faith journeys. Pepperdine University Libraries embraced this mission by acquiring this Bible for the University in honor of its 75th anniversary. One volume will remain on display in the Payson Library lobby, while the others are available for viewing in Special Collections. Please contact Melissa Nykanen at (310) 506-4434 or at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu for more information.

Accordance Bible Software in ACE

Accordance Bible Software has been installed on four MACs in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), located on the second floor of Payson Library. Dr. Chris Heard, Associate Professor of Religion, received a grant to fund the purchase of the Accordance Bible Software.

For more information on where the software is located in ACE, please visit the ACE software website.

Accordance Bible Software contains commentaries, interactive 3D maps, and many language tools such as Greek and Hebrew, to enhance Bible scholarship.

Watch a fun and informative 3-minute video on Accordance here.

For questions, please contact Claire Moler.

Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics now available in Project Muse

The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics from the The Society of Christian Ethics:, previously announced as joining Project MUSE, is now online.

The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (JSCE) is published by Georgetown University Press twice a year with a distribution of 1400. The JSCE is comprised of scholarly papers, book reviews, and advertisements. Currently, the co-editors are Mary Jo Iozzio and Patricia Beattie Jung; the book review editor is Lois Malcolm. The  JSCE grew out of what was The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics.

The purpose of the Society of Christian Ethics is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields.


For the Table of Contents:

http://muse.jhu.edu/content/alerts/journals/journal_of_the_society_of_christian_ethics/toc/sce.32.1.html


ARTstor now available on-campus and off-campus


Senufo, Pelerova Masker, 1979. Tiasso, Côte d'Ivoire. Photographed by Herbert Cole.

Senufo, Pelerova Masker, 1979. Tiasso, Côte d'Ivoire. Photographed by Herbert Cole.


Following a successful trial, Pepperdine University Libraries have subscribed to ARTstor,  a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Its community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.  Collections are useful for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

Katsushika Hokusai; Kanagarwa-oki nami ura  (c., 1830-32 )

Subject Guides highlight featured collections and  provide search tips plus suggested search terms.  For example, the Asian Studies handout highlights ARTstor content related to the history and culture of Asia, as illustrated by works of art and architecture, from traditional forms to contemporary works, as well as photographs of historical events and figures.


For full functionality, once logged in you must register for an individual account.

  • Remote Access
    Users can create a registered user account when accessing ARTstor from a valid IP address (either on campus or through a proxy server). Each registered user account allows for a 120-day Remote Access Period during which it may be used to access ARTstor from any computer. Each time a user logs in to his or her account from an authenticated IP address, the 120-day period is reset. Registration details.
  • ARTstor Mobile
    ARTstor is accessible to registered users on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The mobile site allows registered users to search, browse, and view previously created image groups. ARTstor Mobile also provides a Flashcard View. Mobile help.

Instructors wishing to share ARTstor content with students through local courseware systems such as Blackboard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle can do so in a variety of ways.  Students can enhance Power Point presentations with ARTstor images. Permitted and prohibited uses are succinctly summarized.

For faster access on-campus, use this link:  http://www.artstor.org and click on ‘Enter Here”

Learn more about the history and mission of ARTstor in this UTube video Introduction to ARTstor with Neil Rudenstine and James Shulman.

Keep up to date with new additions and ideas for teaching and scholarship by reading the ARTstor Blog.

Seven titles join Project Muse

The following journals, previously announced as joining Project MUSE, are now online:

** From the Department of English, Georgia State University:

Studies in the Literary Imagination is a biannual scholarly journal focusing on special topics in literature. SLI enjoys a worldwide audience with contributing editors and authors who are considered the leaders in their fields. SLI is unique among scholarly journals in that it relies on an editorial committee to review proposals from potential guest editors, who then invite scholars to contribute articles exploring different aspects of a particular theme. One of the favorable distinctions resulting from this practice is that each issue is topic driven; in this sense, SLI serves more as a monograph series than as a typical journal.

** From the Duke University Press:

Cultural Politics is a welcome and innovative addition. In an academic universe already well populated with journals, it is carving out its own unique place—broad and a bit quirky. It likes to leap between the theoretical and the concrete, so that it is never boring and often filled with illuminating glimpses into the intellectual and cultural worlds.” Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moving beyond the boundaries of race, gender, and class, Cultural Politics examines the political ramifications of global cultural productions across artistic and academic disciplines. The journal explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture by bringing together text and visual art that offer diverse modes of engagement with theory, cultural production, and politics.

** From the Penn State University Press:

Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of the preternatural as seen in magics, witchcraft, spiritualism, occultism, prophecy, monstrophy, demonology, and folklore. The journal embraces a broad and dynamic definition of the preternatural, since the very categories of magic, religion, and science are open and active registers that the journal strives to explore, contextualize, and challenge.

** From the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University:

Indonesia Journal, is a semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia’s culture, history, government, economy, and society. It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. Published since April 1966, the journal provides area scholars and interested readers with contemporary analysis of Indonesia and an extensive archive of research pertaining to the nation and region. The journal is published by Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program.

** From the State University of New York Press:

One of the first multidisciplinary journals in North America, Mediaevalia was founded in 1975 and continues to provide a forum for innovative scholarship across a variety of fields in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Published once annually, the journal remains committed to rigorous standards of peer review, and welcomes submissions from both established and junior scholars on all aspects of medieval and early Renaissance culture.

** From the University of Hawai’i Press:

The Journal of Korean Religions is the only English-language academic journal dedicated to the study of Korean religions. It aims to stimulate interest in and research on Korean religions across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Launched in 2010 by the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University in Korea,it is peer-reviewed and published twice yearly, in March and September.

** From the University of Toronto Press:

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope, and open to explorations of religion and popular culture in a variety of nationalities and cultures.

A historic debate on free love and morality: Today’s featured digital object

Anson Mount, William Banowsky, and Hugh Hefner in 1967

What’s this, you say? Former Pepperdine University President Bill Banowsky standing—all smiles—with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner? What occasion could have produced such strange bedfellows? The answer lies in our new digital collection of Historic Sound Recordings. On October 8, 1967, Dr. Banowsky, then minister of the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, engaged in a much-publicized debate with Anson Mount, the religion editor for Playboy, on the topic of sex and morality. The photo above—with Mr. Mount on the left—was used to publicize the event.

Billed as a “clash of philosophies” between “Christianity and hedonism,” the debate was held in Lubbock before an audience of 3000 college students. As the moderator suggests, the event showcased “two perspectives on how 1967 should be,” as Mr. Mount argued for a humanist approach to sex based on situation ethics and Dr. Banowsky countered with a Christian perspective. As he put it during the debate: “I am affirming the moral principles of Christ, which honor the power, and majesty, and beauty of sex as the sacred, limited, exclusive gift of married love.”

For Dr. Banowsky, who had already expressed an interest in returning to Pepperdine to oversee the move to Malibu, the debate was a catalytic moment in his meteoric career. Within four years he became President of Pepperdine University at the age of 34.

The recording of the debate is at once historic and timeless—it captures the public discourse on morality typical of the late 1960s, while maintaining relevance for today’s listener. It is a frank, well-articulated, and thought provoking discussion on both sides of the issue. You can listen to this debate in its entirety in our digital collection of Historic Sound Recordings. Enjoy.

Borders of Faith: Interfaith Dialogue

Two were Los Angeles natives, representing different generations:  Rabbi Don Singer grew up on the West Side, attending grammar school during World War II.  Imam Suhail Hasan Mulla was a Valley guy, a surfer, who drove past Pepperdine hundreds of times, but had not set foot on campus until Wednesday, March 21.

The other two came from opposite sides of the earth:  Rich Little grew up in Brisbane, Australia.  Srdjan Stakic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and lived there until he was eighteen and war broke out.

All four came together to have an interfaith dialogue, an exchange with multiple strands of faiths represented.  The variety of denominations represented began with Srdjan’s story.  He grew up in Belgrade, the son of atheists, who told him, once war broke out, “If anyone asks you, we are Orthodox Christians.”  Srdjan left Yugoslavia for America, where he lived for two years with a Mormon family, attending a Church of Latter Day Saints for two years.   He did not become a Mormon, but he came to love and admire the family he lived with, and next week will attend a wedding of one of their children.   Since that time he has earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University and has traveled the world, working for the United Nations.  He has mediated between cultures in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and believes the basis of interfaith dialogue is rooted in respect.

Respect.  What all four shared was a conviction that respecting your neighbor’s faith — allowing someone to hold a belief system that is different from yours, but honoring their right to do so — is fundamental to the concept of religion.  As I listened to their stories, it seemed there was something inherently American – in the best and highest sense – about all of them.  Suhail Mulla’s parents emigrated from India.  He grew up in Los Angeles, baffling people with his ethnicity:  “I would get taken for an African-American; some people thought I was Latino; but I was accepted.”  Srdjan’s parents ultimately moved to America.  His father and mother were both academics in Yugoslavia, college professors – but in America it was Srdjan who initially got his father a job:  washing dishes in the restaurant where Srdjan waited tables.  And yet, after a period of time, his mother was hired to teach at a college in Arkansas, and his father resumed his academic career, too.  America, with its malleable borders of possibility, remains the place where transformation is possible.

Rich Little came to America from Australia, moved to Arkansas, then Chicago, then Malibu.  And Don Singer was born in Los Angeles and still lives here.  (But he was the one who had just returned from a six-week trip to Israel, a trip which filled him with hope for the future.)

Don read from Martin Buber:

“The primary word I-Thou can be spoken only with the whole being. Concentration and fusion into the whole being can never take place through my agency, nor can it ever take place without me. I become through my relation to the Thou; and as I become the I, I say Thou. All real living is meeting.”

And Rich Little closed with a spirited defense of the value of reaching across religious boundaries, and embracing each other for our encompassing humanity.

The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Now Available

Pepperdine University Libraries recently purchased access to the online version of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). This comprehensive and in-depth encyclopedia offers entries related to the Bible and its origins, development, and influence in religion and culture. Each entry defines the person, place, or other topic and discusses it from several theological and cultural perspectives.

For example, the entry on the “Ark of the Covenant” includes sections on the ark in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament; in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and in literature, the visual arts, and film. Other entries include sections on other religions, exegetical literature, theological and philosophical writings, liturgy, dance, and music, as relevant to the topic.

Entries are written by scholars in the field and include extensive bibliographies. The entries can be browsed alphabetically or searched, and also include illustrations or images where available.

Currently, two volumes of the encyclopedia have been published, which cover Aaron-Atheism. Two more volumes, covering Athena-Circumcision, are scheduled to be published by the end of 2011. Thirty volumes in all are planned, and Pepperdine will make them available online as they are released.

If you have any questions about this new resource, please contact Melissa Nykanen, the library liaison to the Religion Division, at (310) 506-4434 or at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu.