Milligan Library Life

by the staff of P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library & Seminary Library

Continuing the Spring Tradition: 13th Annual Edible Books Festival

On Monday-Tuesday, April 3-4, Milligan Libraries held its 13th Annual Edible Books Festival at Welshimer Library. The very simple idea and only rule for the festival is that all submitted entries be an edible treat with a book theme.

Submissions are accepted from Milligan students, faculty, staff, and family members. Votes were cast throughout the day on Monday by the Milligan community for the Most Creative, Funniest/Punniest, and Overall Favorite. On Tuesday morning, Milligan Libraries staff selected the Tastiest entry, then the community was invited back to taste-test all entries for themselves.

This year we had 14 submissions. Voting was pretty brisk. 92 total votes were cast for Most Creative, with the winning entry (17 votes) going to “‘Boysen’wood Bible” by Kristy Lundholm. 106 total votes were cast for Funniest/Punniest, and the winner (33 votes) was Professor Joy Drinnon’s “Evolution of Dummies.” 118 total votes were cast for Overall Favorite, and the winner (54 votes) was, again, Kristy Lundholm for her “‘Boysen’wood Bible” entry. The Tastiest award went to Marinda Walls for “The Bell Jar.” All winners receive a Dunkin’ gift card. Photos of the winning entries are below. Photos of all 2023 Edible Books Festival submissions can bee seen on our Instagram or Facebook feeds.

New Books and Media Received (March 2023)

The following books (13 items) were received into the Library collection for the Welshimer and Library through budgeted funds and by donation in March 2023.

Welshimer Library

Leonardo da Vinci: self, art and nature by François Quiviger, 2019.

The Renaissance in Italy: a history by Katthen R. Bartlett and Gillian C. Bartlett, 2019.

Women in world history: 1450 to the present by Bonnie G. Smith, 2020. 

Impossible art: adventures in opera by Matthew Aucoin, 2023. 

All cats are on the autism spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann, 2021. 

Newbery Medal Winner
Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson, 2022.

Printz Medal Winner
All my rage
by Sabaa Tahir and Rodrigo Corral, 2022.

Printz Honor Book
Your own, Sylvia: a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill, 2007.

Has archaeology buried the Bible? by William G. Dever, 2020.

The presidents of American fiction: fashioning the U.S. political imagination by Michael J. Blouin, 2023.

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries

Welshimer Library

The CSA Design portfolio book set, 1997.

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit, 2021.

Winged Migration.

New Books and Media Received (February 2023)

The following books (64 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through budgeted funds and expense accounts and by donation in February 2023.

Seminary Library

The contemplacioun of synnaris: late-medieval advice to a prince by William Touris, A. A. MacDonald, and J. Craig McDonald, 2022.

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
The biblical world of gender: the daily lives of ancient women and men by Celina Durgin and Dru Johnson, 2022.

Church dogmatics v. 2, pt. 1by Karl Barth, Geoffrey William Bromiley, Tomas F. Torrance, and Frank McCombie, 2010.

Global voices: reading the Bible in the majority world by Craig S. Keener and M. Daniel Carroll Rodas, 2013.

The human search: Howard Thurman and the quest for freedom:  proceedings of the Second Annual Thurman Convocation Thurman Convocation and Mozella G. Mitchell, 1992.

Illness, pain, and health care in early Christianity by Helen Rhee, 2022.

Jesus v. evangelicals: a biblical critique of a wayward movement by Constantine R. Campbell, 2023.

Monarchianism and Origen’s early Trinitarian theology by Stephen E. Waers, 2022.

The Pauline corpus in early Christianity: its formation, publication, and circulation by Benjamin P. Laird, 2022.

Reading Hebrews in context: the sermon and Second Temple Judaism by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, 2023.

The Scripture and hermeneutics seminar: retrospect and prospect by Craig G. Bartholomew, David J. H. Beldman, Amber Bowen, and William Olhausen, 2022.

The Trinity in the Book of Revelation: seeing Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in John’s Apocalypse by Brandon D. Smith, 2022.

NT Seminar
The Book of Revelation: currents in British research on the Apocalypse by Garrick V. Allen, Ian Paul, and Simon Patrick Woodman, 2015.

The Gospel of Mark: edition critica maior v. 1, pt. 2.1, 2.2., and 2.3.

Paul, servant of the new covenant: Pauline polarities in eschatological perspective by Scott J. Hafemann, 2019. 

Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash: Matthew v. 1 by Hermann Strack, 2022. 

Office Reference
AMA manual of style: a guide for authors and editors [11th edition], 2020.

Welshimer Library

Born black by Sylvester Jacobs and Linette Martin, 1977.

Choreography invisible: the disappearing work of dance by Anna Pakes, 2020.

Ernest L. Blumenschein: the life of an American artist by Robert W. Larson and Carole Larson, 2013.

Nightmares in the dream sanctuary: war and the animated film by Donna Kornhaber, 2020.

Portrait of a shelter by Sylvester Jacobs and Linette Martin, 1973.

Portrait of England by Sylvester Jacobs, 1976.

The Sarpedon Krater: the life and afterlife of a Greek vase by Nigel Jonathan Spivey, 2019.

A history of fascism in France: from the First World War to the National Front by Christ Millington, 2020.

The weight of vengeance: the United States, the British empire, and the War of 1812 by Troy O. Bickham, 2012. 

Language and Literature
American blockbuster: movies, technology, and wonder by Charles R. Acland, 2020.

Aristotle’s art of rhetoric by Aristotle and Robert C. Bartlett, 2019.

The Beats: a literary history by Steven Belletto, 2020.

How words make things happen by David Bromwich, 2019.

The lost books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas, 2019.

William Wordsworth: a life [2nd edition] by Stephen Gill, 2020.

Law and Political Science
Debating nationalism: the global spread of nations by Florian Bieber, 2020.

Just war and the responsibility to protect: a critique by Robin Dunford and Micahel Neu, 2019.

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5-TR, 2022.

The Oxford handbook of stress and mental health by Kate L. Harkness and Elizabeth P. Hayden, 2020. 

At the risk of thinking: an intellectual biography of Julia Kristeva by Alice Jardine and Mari Ruti, 2020.

Dao companion to the philosophy of the Zhuangzi by Kim-chong Chong, 2022.

Why we act: turning bystanders into moral rebels by Catherine Ashley Sanderson, 2022. 


Caldecott Honor Books

Ain’t burned all the bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin, 2022.

Berry song by Michaela Goade, 2022.

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise, 2022.

Geisel Honor Books

Fish and Wave by Sergio Ruzzier, 2022.

Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai, 2022.

Hello, bumblebee bat by Darrin P. Lunde and Patricia Wynne, 2007.

Owl and Penguin by Vikram Madan, 2022.

A seed grows by Antoinette Portis, 2022.

Newbery Honor Books

The last mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat, 2022.

Maizy Chen’s last chance by Lisa Yee, 2022.

Printz Honor Books

Apple: skin to the core:  a memoir in words and pictures by Eric Gansworth, 2020.

Dragon hoops by Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien, Rianne Meyers, and Kolbe Yang, 2020.

Icebreaker by A. L. Graziadei, 2022.

When the angels left the old country by Sacha Lamb, 2022.


Anchor Yale Bible

1 Maccabees: a new translation with introduction and commentary by Daniel R. Schwartz, 2022.

The Gospel of Judas: a new translation with introduction and commentary by David Brakke, 2022.

New Testament Library

Matthew: a commentary by R. Alan Culpepper, 2021.


The book of Deuteronomy, chapters 1-11 by Bill T. Arnold, 2022.

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah by Hannah K. Harrington, 2022.

Word Biblical Commentary

1 Samuel by Ralph W. Klein and Bruce Manning Metzger, 2000.

1, 2, and 3 John: revised by Stephen S. Smalley, 2020.

Isaiah 34-66 by John D. W. Watts, 2005.

Psalms 101-150, revised by Leslie C. Allen, 2002.

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries

Seminary Library
Cross and creation: a theological introduction to Origen of Alexandria by Mark Edward Therrien, 2022.

Welshimer Library
Reframing assessment to center equity: theories, models, and practices by Gavin Henning, Gianina R. Baker, Natasha A. Jankowski, Anne E. Lundquist, and Erick Montenegro, 2022.

Two New Exhibits Open at Welshimer Library

After a long hiatus, the Holloway Archives at Milligan University has an intern again. Aaron Jones, a junior history and humanities major, is interning with Katherine Banks, the University Archivist, this spring, learning how archives work and what archivists do. As part of that process, Jones has curated two exhibits from Milligan’s history currently on display on the first floor of the Welshimer Library.

A tall young man with brown hair and a mustache stands next to a glass exhibit case with an archives display inside it.

Aaron Jones with the Milligan vs. ETSU exhibit

Milligan vs. ETSU: The History of “State Week” delves into the rivalry between Milligan University and the local state university, East Tennessee State University. “Representing the rivalry between ETSU and Milligan was a personal matter for me,” says Jones. “For one, being from around here, I have grown up seeing ETSU sporting events and pride for most of my life. Plenty of people I graduated from high school with now attend the school. Additionally, my younger brother, Hunter, is a sophomore at ETSU. Of course, there is a fun bantering between the two of us about ETSU and Milligan to this day (as I am sure there will always be).” The exhibit explores this decades-old rivalry through the lens of Milligan’s short-lived football program that lasted from 1920 to 1950.

Jones says, “It is interesting to put historical context into silly arguments my brother and I have over the dinner table. Additionally, it was interesting to take a dive into athletics at Milligan from over 70 years ago. As a current student athlete at Milligan, it is cool to get a glimpse into the lives of those similar to me from many decades before.” Jones is a nationally-recognized runner in Milligan’s cross country and track program.

A glass exhibit case shows an archival exhibit about Paul Conkin

Paul Conkin exhibit

The second exhibit focuses on a completely different topic, Paul Conkin, a Milligan alum. Remembering Paul F. Conkin: One of Milligan’s Brightest explores this Milligan grad’s time at Milligan and his contributions to the field of history. Jones explains why he chose this very different subject for his other exhibit: “I learned of Conkin from my history professor, Tim Dillon. Once I was tasked with creating an exhibit, he seemed like the obvious choice. I was amazed to find out the resume and legacy of Paul Conkin. It makes me proud to be part of the rich history of liberal arts and humanities at Milligan, especially history.” While many Milligan students and alums may have never heard of Conkin, they can now learn about his life and legacy through Jones’s exhibit. Conkin passed away last year, making this an appropriate time to reflect on his legacy. “By sifting through the archives, I felt as if I was following a path backwards in time. I saw it as a mystery to unravel; a personal mission of sorts to bring Paul Conkin to light,” Jones says.

Jones sums up his experience interning in the archives so far quite well: “Digging through the archives and records from the late 1940s to early 1950s has given me perspective on certain aspects of being a student at Milligan. Buildings, street names, and fixtures now have more historical perspective for me.” If you or a student you know would be interested in volunteering or interning in the archives at Milligan, feel free to reach out to Katherine Banks, the University Archivist, for more information.

New Books and Media Received (December 2022 – January 2023)

The following books (51 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through budgetary funds and expense accounts and by donation in December 2022 and January 2023.

Seminary Library

We will be free: the life and faith of Sojourner Truth by Nancy Koester and Alice K. Jackson, 2023.

The Cambridge Greek lexicon by James Diggle, B. L. Fraser, Patrick James, O. B. Simkin, A. A. Thompson, and S. J. Westripp, 2021. 

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
1 & 2 Kings: a commentary for biblical preaching and teaching by David B. Schreiner and Lee Compson, 2022.

1 Peter: a commentary for biblical preaching and teaching by Timothy E. Miller and Bryan Murawski, 2022.

Ancient wisdom: an introduction to sayings collections by Walter T. Wilson, 2022.

Associate pastors: Ministry from the middle by Michael Mauriello, 2022.

Augustine’s preached theology: living as the body of Christ by J. Patout Burns, 2022.

A center in the cyclone: twenty-first century clergy self-care by Bruce Gordon Epperly, 2014.

The cross in context: reconsidering Biblical metaphors for atonement by Jackson Wu, 2022.

Doing Asian American theology: a contextual framework for faith and practice by Daniel D. Lee, 2022.

The early Barth: lectures and shorter works by Karl Barth, Hans-Anton Drewes, and Hinrich Stoevesandt, 2022.

Faithful disobedience: writings on church and state from a Chinese house church movement by Yi Wang, Hannah Nation, J. D. Tseng, and Ian Johnson, 2022.

Finding Phoebe: what New Testament women were really like by Susan Hylen, 2022.

Five views on the New Testament canonby Stanley E. Porter and Benjamin P. Laird, 2022.

The forgotten Desert Mothers: sayings, lives, and stories of early Christian women by Laura Swan, 2022.

From prisoner to prince: the Joseph story in biblical theology by Sam Emadi and D. A. Carson, 2022.

Galatians: life in the new creation: a spiritual-pastoral reading by Ronald D. Witherup, 2020.

Gods, goddesses, and the women who serve them by Susan Ackerman, 2022.

A history of the quests for the historical Jesus (2 volumes)by Colin Brown and Craig A. Evans, 2022.

The hope of life after death: a biblical theology of resurrection by Michael Jeffrey Brannon, 2022.

In the margins: a transgender man’s journey with scripture by Shannon T. L. Kearns, 2022.

In the shelter: finding a home in the world by Padraig Ó Tuama, 2016.

Jeremiah and Lamentations: a commentary for biblical preaching and teaching by Duane A. Garrett and Calvin F. Pearson, 2022.

The Lord roars: recovering the prophetic voice for today by R. Carroll and M. Daniel,2022.

Mark through Old Testament eyes by Andrew T. Le Peau, 2017.

Martin Luther and the rule of faith: reading God’s word for God’s people by Todd R. Hains and Robert Kolb, 2022.

Preaching: a simple approach to the sacred Daniel Overdorf, 2022.

Psalms for Black lives: reflections for the work of liberation by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, Andrew J. Wilkes, and Otis Moss, 2022.

Race & rhyme: rereading the New Testament by Love L. Sechrest, 2022.

Reading the Bible around the world: a student’s guide to global hermeneutics by Federico Alfredo Roth, 2022.

Renewal worship: a theology of Pentecostal doxology by Steven Felix-Jager, 2022.

Savoring scripture: a six-step guide to studying the Bible by Andrew T. Abernethy and Charlie Dates, 2022.

Scribes and scripture: the amazing story of how we got the Bible by John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry, 2022.

Theological aesthetics after von Balthasar by O. V. Bychkov and Jim Fodor, 2016.

Turning points: decisive moments in the history of Christianity by Mark A. Noll, David Russell Komline, and Han-luen Kantzer Komline, 2022.

Walking through the valley: womanist explorations in the spirit of Katie Geneva Cannon by Emilie Maureen Townes, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Alison P. Gise Johnson, and Angela D. Sims, 2022.

Youth ministry as mission: a conversation about theology and culture by Brian Hull and Patrick Mays, 2022.

Aging: growing old in church by William H. Willimon, 2020.

An ethical view of human-animal relations in the ancient Near East by Idan Breier, 2022.

No cure for being human: (and other truths I need to hear) by Kate Bowler, 2021.

NT Seminar
Abject joy: Paul, prison, and the art of making do by Ryan S. Schellenberg, 2021.

The apostle and the empire: Paul’s implicit and explicit criticism of Rome by Christoph Heilig, 2022.

The Elijah-Elisha narrative in the composition of Luke by John S. Kloppenborg and Jozef Verheyden, 2015.

Exodus in the New Testament by Seth Ehorn, 2022.

The origins of early Christian literature: contextualizing the New Testament within Greco-Roman literary culture by Robyn Faith Walsh, 2021.

A reader in Biblical Greek by Richard A. Wright, 2022.

Rethinking the dates of the New Testament: the evidence for early composition by Jonathan Bernier, 2022.

The Roman Stoics: self, responsibility, and affection by Gretchen J. Reydams-Schils, 2005. 

Welshimer Library

The presidents of American fiction: fashioning the U.S. political imagination by Michael Blouin, 2022.

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5-TR, 2022. 

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries

Seminary Library

Treasuring the Word : an introduction to Biblical manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library by David Hutchinson Edgar, 2003.