How God Became a Lawgiver (presentation)

How God Became a Lawgiver:
The Torah’s Place in the History of Ancient Near Eastern Law

January 18th at 4:00 PM in 35 Nicholson Hall
Speaker: Professor Konrad Schmid, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and University of Zurich

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Theuerdank exhibit

Theuerdank: Travel, Romance, and the Art of Printing in the Holy Roman Empire, 1450-1517     October 16, 2017 through January 16, 2018

Location Fourth Floor Gallery, Wilson Library, westbank University of Minnesota

Theuerdank2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Emperor Maximilian I’s epic poem, Theuerdank, a fictionalized and romanticized account of his journey to wed Mary of Burgundy. Theuerdank is a testament to the best printers and print artists of the day; its tale of romance and adventure is illustrated with marvelous woodcut prints and printed with a newly designed type font that would prove to be highly influential.

This exhibit places Theuerdank within the context of the German Renaissance, the popular genre of the illustrated travel narrative, and the political ambitions of its author.Theuerdank tiny2 IMG_8622

Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

The new Wilson Library Research Collaboration Studio is now open. Work on group projects using large monitors and a variety of seating options in an open setting.  Read about the studio,  reserving space, and technology* at

* More on the technology and logistics

Below are a few photos of part of the space.

Entering the studio from the front lobby of Wilson.IMG_7104 East entrance - Wilson front

Just inside the front entrance you can see a meeting room on the left and one of our collaboration tables with a large monitor and connections for laptops. More info.IMG_7106 facing south to front lobby

Looking across the room there’s a view of the outdoors, several collaboration tables, and the reference collection on the back wall.IMG_7105 facing west

The ready reference collection is here, and many more reference print sources are on 3rd and 4th floor. Many reference sources in Religious Studies are online.


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Apparently one of the techs found the image below to post on the screen near the reference shelves.IMG_7022r


Thomas Jefferson & the Bible

A New York Times opinion piece commented on Thomas Jefferson and the Bible. This blog entry offers citations to several books related to the topic. We also own the book by the two contributors.

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
Thomas Jefferson’s Bible Teaching

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law and history at Harvard, and Peter S. Onuf, an emeritus professor of history at the University of Virginia, are the authors of “‘Most Blessed of the Patriarchs’: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.”



Jefferson, Thomas, and Henry Wilder Foote. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. Boston: Boston : Beacon Press, 1951.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Jefferson Bible : The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. Boston: Boston : Beacon Press, 1989.

—. Jefferson’s Extracts from the Gospels : “the Philosophy of Jesus” and “the Life and Morals of Jesus”. Ed. Dickinson W. Adams, Ruth W. Lester, and Thomas Jefferson. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1983.

—. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels, Together with a Comparison of His Doctrines with those of Others. St. Louis: St. Louis : N.D. Thompson, 1902.

—. The Literary Bible of Thomas Jefferson ; His Commonplace Book of Philosophers and Poets. New York: New York : Greenwood Press, 1969.

—. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Ed. Andrew A. (Andrew Adgate) Lipscomb, et al. Definitive edition, containing his Autobiography, Notes on Virginia, parliamentary manual, official papers, messages and addresses, and other writings, official and private, now collected and published in their entirety for the first time, including all of the original manuscripts, deposited in the Department of State and published in 1853 by order of the Joint Committee of Congress; with numerous illustrations and a comprehensive analytical index / Andrew A. Lipscomb, Chairman, Board of Governors, editor-in-chief ; Albert Ellery Bergh, managing editor.. ed. Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C. : Issued under the auspices of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States, 1904.

—. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Ed. Saul Kussiel Padover and Lynd Ward. New York: New York : Heritage Press, 1967.

—. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Ed. Paul Leicester Ford and Thomson Gale (Firm). New York etc.]; New York: New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1892.



Carmody, Denise Lardner. The Republic of Many Mansions : Foundations of American Religious Thought. Ed. John Carmody. 1st ed.. ed. New York: New York : Paragon House, 1990.

Dreisbach, Daniel L. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State. New York: New York : New York University Press, 2002.

Edwards, Rem Blanchard. A Return to Moral and Religious Philosophy in Early America. Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C. : University Press of America, 1982.

Fatton, Robert, and Rouhollah K. Ramazani. Religion, State, and Society : Jefferson’s Wall of Separation in Comparative Perspective. 1st ed.. ed. New York, N.Y.: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Foote, Henry Wilder. The Religion of Thomas Jefferson. Boston: Boston : Beacon Press, 1960.

—. Thomas Jefferson, Champion of Religious Freedom, Advocate of Christian Morals. Boston: Boston : Beacon Press, 1947.

Jefferson, Thomas. Jefferson’s Extracts from the Gospels : “the Philosophy of Jesus” and “the Life and Morals of Jesus”. Ed. Dickinson W. Adams, Ruth W. Lester, and Thomas Jefferson. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1983.

—. The Literary Bible of Thomas Jefferson ; His Commonplace Book of Philosophers and Poets. New York: New York : Greenwood Press, 1969.

Moore, Clement Clarke. Observations upon Certain Passages in Mr. Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia. New-York: New-York, 1804.

Ragosta, John A. Religious Freedom : Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed. Charlottesville: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.

Sanford, Charles B. The Religious Life of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1984.

—. Thomas Jefferson and His Library : A Study of His Literary Interests and of the Religious Attitudes Revealed by Relevant Titles in His Library. Hamden, Conn.: Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1977.

Swancara, Frank. Thomas Jefferson Versus Religious Oppression. New York: New York : University Books, 1969.


Luther & the Reformation: Exhibits

Lots of Luther this summer!  It’s 2017 and this year marks the 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation.  Here’s a PBS story about it.  You may recall the big art exhibit at MIA last year.  They drew bigger crowds than expected and extended the show. That show is over but the University of Minnesota Libraries has some cool exhibits about Martin Luther and the Reformation this summer!  Two of these are archival in nature – one is in Elmer L. Andersen Library and one in the T.R. Anderson Gallery (near Bell) on the fourth floor of Wilson Library. These offer views of some incredible items from our Special Collections, Rare Books, & Manuscripts. The third, in Wilson basement, features circulating resources about both the historical context and the effect that Luther’s ideas, the invention of moveable type, and the Reformation had on publishing. Finally, if you’re up for a road trip, the Newberry in Chicago has an exhibit on Religious Change and Print, 1450-170.

Luther and the World Turned Upside Down: Prophecy, Revolution, and the End of Time

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Above: The impressive entrance to the exhibit in Andersen this summer!

Below: The equally cool entrance to the related exhibit in Wilson on 4th floor.

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The third exhibit, Martin Luther: From Protest to Publishing, is focused on general resources primarily in English about Martin Luther, the Reformation, and how communication was revolutionized within the church and beyond, as a result of Luther’s theology, his translation of the New Testament to German, the illustrations in books and the introduction of moveable type printing press. It’s on display in the basement of Wilson Library. The infographic posters are available from Here I Stand.

SM Protest in Context

SM Press Onward

There’s also a handy research guide with useful databases, and a general bibliography and two shorter topical lists.

Martin Luther –  list of links
Library Research Guide and Bibliographies related to Martin Luther
Quick link:

Newberry Finally if you’re up for a road trip to Chicago, check out the Newberry’s exhibit:
Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700

Books ordered recently


Abrahamic Encounter: Local Initiatives, Large Implications Paper 2016
Age Of Reformation: The Tudor And Stewart Realms 1485-1603. Ryrie, Alec Paper 2017
History Of Biblical Israel: The Fate Of The Tribes And Kingdoms From Merenptah To Bar Kochba. Knauf, Ernst Axel Paper 2016
Pursuit Of Perfection: Significance Of The Perfection Motif In The Epistle To The Hebrews. Simisi, Seth Muhesi Paper 2016
Handbook Of Empirical Research On Islam And Economic Life Cloth 2017
Interpreting Charles Taylor’s Social Theory On Religion And Secularization: A Comparative Study.
Reformation Then And Now: 25 Years Of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years Of The Reformation. Cloth 2017
Rubrics, Images And Indulgences In Late Medieval Netherlandish Manuscripts. Rudy, Kathryn M Cloth 2017
Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross: Catholic-Protestant Relations In The Old South.Stern, Andrew H.M Project Muse Ebook
Stones, Bones, And The Sacred: Essays On Material Culture And Ancient Religion In Honor Of Dennis E. Cloth 2016

Art of the Qur’an exhibition catalog

The Art of the Qur’an : Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Massumeh Farhad; Simon Rettig; François Déroche; Edhem Eldem; Zeren Tanındı; Jane Dammen McAuliffe; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution),; Türk ve İslâm Eserleri Müzesi,Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 2016
Wilson Library General Collection (Folio ND2955 .T87 2016 )

Wilson Library has the catalogue from a recent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.  Read about the exhibit here:

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
October 22, 2016–February 20, 2017

LSS Archives

Libraries acquires Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota records
Social Welfare History Archives to process collection

The Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota records are a significant addition to SWHA’s holdings on the history of social welfare. The materials document many service areas and issues, including: child welfare, children’s institutions, domestic and international adoption, refugee services and resettlement, camping programs, single mothers, social assistance programs, and family services, as well as the administration of Lutheran Social Service and related agencies.


caption: Various formats in the Lutheran Social Services records including VHS video tapes, glass negatives and 3M reel to reel tape. Image source: continuum 1/4/17

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is one of the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Minnesota.

Wilson Periodicals moved

The big Wilson moves are well underway.

The basement Periodicals room is nearly empty. The Periodicals have moved up to 3rd and 4th floors of Wilson.  Bound and Unbound are shelved together, title by title.

Here’s the new floorplan

When was this announced?
In our continuum publication, October 2016, along with other changes, in the paragraph

Other Wilson Library Updates
Periodicals and Dewey Decimal collections moving
The east section of the fourth floor of Wilson Library will re-open before Finals Week, providing additional study space. The area has been closed since late August, allowing staff to process the relocation of collections classified with the Dewey Decimal system. Some of these Dewey materials will be re-classified into our Library of Congress system and remain in Wilson, while others will be moved to off-site storage.

The bound and current periodicals, in the basement of Wilson Library, will be relocated to the third (N-J) and fourth A-M) floors.

Here are a few photos to show the changes; visit Wilson and explore if you plan to use the collections here in the coming months. (I had to do this myself!)

Below: Fourth floor lobby, entrance to Periodicals A-M


Below, fourth floor (A-M) bound and unbound issues shelved side by sideamer-jwsh-archiv-img_3877

Below: third floor (N-Z)


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