Milligan Library Life

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

Introducing Internet Archive’s Open Library

As part of our mission to enhance discovery of and access to useful and relevant information resources for students and faculty, Milligan Libraries is pleased to now offer an embedded search interface on our website to Internet Archive’s Open Library project.

Started in 1996 with the mission to “provide Universal Access to All Knowledge,” Internet Archive is a non-profit digital repository of internet sites and other cultural artifacts, including books and texts, video, audio, software, and images. The Open Library project focuses on books and includes two primary components: an ambitious goal to build a universal online catalog of every book ever published, and providing a platform for searching and accessing millions of book holdings within Internet Archive. By linking to Open Library, Milligan Libraries instantly expands access to a vast array of book resources for our users.

Book holdings are added to Internet Archive through the digitization of print originals from library partner collections and donations. Book holdings include popular and academic titles on numerous subjects. Of particular interest, in addition to titles in the public domain (books whose copyright has expired and are freely available to the public), Internet Archive also digitizes and provides access to more recent titles that are still under copyright. (Internet Archive currently holds well over two million digitized books. Over one million of these have been published since 2000.) This access is made possible using a framework known as controlled digital lending (CDL).

For digital lending purposes operating within the legal limits of copyright fair use, CDL conceptualizes a digitized copy of a print book owned by Internet Archive (or its library partners) as if it were a physical print book. If Internet Archive owns one print copy of a book it can lend one digitized copy. While the digital copy is lent out the print copy is not circulated. Similarly, if Internet Archive owns 10 print copies of a book, it can lend up to 10 digital copies of that book at one time. Copy protection (known as Digital Rights Management, or DRM) is applied to the digital copies to prevent duplication and control borrowing by authorized users on the Open Library platform.

Getting Ready to Use Open Library

We have added an Open Library tab to the search box widget on the Milligan Libraries website homepage. (You can also select the “Internet Archive’s Open Library” link from the Resources > Specialized Resources A-L dropdown menu to go directly to Open Library.)

Before walking through a search session on Open Library there are a few setup steps to get out of the way first.

Step 1. Create a User Account. You can search the Open Library universal catalog and read public domain books using the online web browser viewer without creating a user account. However, a user account is required if you want to borrow CDL books through the online viewer, or download books to your computer or mobile device. Think of the user account as your Open Library library card. To create a user account, click on the “Sign Up” button at the top right of any Open Library page and fill out the form (click on screenshot to enlarge):

Step 2. Create an Adobe ID. As mentioned above, CDL book files (typically formatted as PDF or EPUB) on Open Library are copy protected to prevent duplication and control lending of copyrighted content. Internet Archive authenticates DRM-ed content using Adobe ID. Create an Adobe ID by signing-in here.

Step 3. Download Adobe Digital Editions and/or Bluefire Reader book reading software. You can bypass Step 2 and this step if you simply want to read books online using Internet Archive’s own web browser reader. However, dedicated software is required if you want to be able to download and read books offline. Books borrowed from Open Library are only readable on a computer or mobile device that supports Adobe ID authentication. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS can be freely downloaded from here. An excellent alternative, Bluefire Reader for Android or iOS, can be freely downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. ADE and Bluefire Reader are configurable to pre-authenticate with your Adobe ID.

Searching for Books on Open Library

I have been doing some research on the sixth century Roman statesman and scholar Cassiodorus. I wonder what books by or about Cassiodorus might be available on Open Library. I type “Cassiodorus” in the Open Library search box on the Milligan Libraries website homepage.

My search resolves to this results page (click on screenshot to enlarge):

At the top I see my search resulted in 183 hits. I also notice a list of facets in the far right column for ways to limit my search results in various ways (Author, Subjects, People, Times, etc.). To the right of each short result record I see large buttons variously labeled “Not in Library,” “Read,” and “Borrow.” The “Read” and “Borrow” buttons also have a headphone icon that slides over to enable a “Listen” (text to speech) option for print disabled users.

“Not in Library” indicates that a record has been created for this book as part of the universal online catalog, but a copy (or copies) of this book is not currently available on Open Library to be read or borrowed. Of interest, if I open this record, it includes a link to preview the contents of the book, and a link that pushes to the book record in Milligan Libraries’ WorldCat Discovery platform. These are very useful features. The book preview enables me to get a sense of the value of this title for my research, and pushing me into WorldCat sets up an option for me to initiate an interlibrary loan request.

“Read” indicates that the book is available on Open Library as a public domain title. Since copyright has expired on this title, absolutely no restrictions on access are imposed. The book can be freely read or downloaded without a user account.

“Borrow” indicates that at least one digital copy of the book is available on Open Library. But since this title is still under copyright, access is controlled under the controlled digital lending (CDL) framework described above. A user account is required to read or download the book. Incidentally, if all available copies of a book are currently borrowed the button changes to “Checked Out” or “Join Waitlist,” which gives me the opportunity to borrow the book once a copy is returned and made available again.

The default view shows “Everything” that resulted from my search (in this case 183 hits). However, if I click the “Ebooks” radio button at the right of the search box, Open Library only shows me a list of books that are actually available on the platform to be read or borrowed, as in this screenshot — 22 hits (click to enlarge):

Reading an Open Library Book Using the Online Web Browser Viewer

As I scroll down the list of books available to read or borrow on Open Library I see the title of a book written by Cassiodorus that I would like to read, Institutions of Divine and Secular Learning.

I click on the “Borrow” button. Since I am not currently signed-in with my Open Library user account I am prompted to enter my credentials:

Once I click the “Log In” button, the book is launched in Internet Archive’s online web browser viewer (click on screenshot to enlarge). An active internet connection is required in order to use the browser viewer for online reading:

I use the navigation slider or page turning arrows at the bottom of the screen to work my way through the book. Alternatively, I can choose a single page vertical scroll reading option. There is also a grid view for page picking, zoom in or out, full screen toggle, and text to speech audio reader.

The magnifying glass icon at the top left is for searching within the text of the book, and the ellipses icon (…) slides out to offer bookmarking, visual adjustments, sharing, and file download options (more on this in a moment).

The banner at the top of the viewer window indicates book borrowing options, and current borrowing status:

Borrowing options depend on the number of digital copies available for lending on Open Library. If there is just one copy available the book can be borrowed for only one hour at a time. (Note: As long as I continue reading, by page turns or scrolling, I do not have to return the book within the one-hour timeframe.) If Open Library has more than one available copy of a book I can borrow it for either one hour or for 14 days. Up to 10 books can be borrowed at a time. I can keep track of my book loans from my user account page. When I am done reading a borrowed book I can click the “Return now” button, which immediately frees my copy up for someone else to borrow, or I can simply let the loan period timeout on its own.

Download an Open Library Book for Offline Reading

Open Library allows downloading of public domain (“Read”) and available CDL (“Borrow”) digital books to my computer or mobile device (phone or tablet) for offline reading. As indicated in Getting Ready to Use Open Library, Steps 2 and 3 above, this capability requires the creation of an Adobe ID and the downloading and configuration of the appropriate reader software. These steps should be completed before attempting to download book files from Open Library.

I will demonstrate downloading and offline reading using the book I already have open in the online viewer above. I will be reading the book using Adobe Digital Editions. From the ellipses icon (…) I click on the “Downloadable files” option and select between an encrypted PDF or EPUB file. (PDF files retain original book pagination, while text in an EPUB file reflows depending on font size.)

I choose the PDF option, which downloads to my computer as a file labeled URLLink.acsm. You may need to browse or search on your computer or device to locate where downloaded files typically land. Look for a file with a .acsm extension. The advantage of pre-authorizing the reader software with an Adobe ID is readily apparent because launching the .acsm file will immediately launch the book in the reader:

I navigate through the book with single page vertical scrolling. I can adjust the text width or zoom for viewing comfort, and drop bookmarks. When I click on the “Library” button at the top left, Adobe Digital Editions opens a “bookshelf” view where I can see a list of my downloaded books, and time left on my loan. By right-clicking on any title in the “bookshelf” I can return the book or remove it from my library.

This tutorial is intended to help our users get started with Open Library as a remarkable resource for digital books. If we can provide you with specific assistance please do not hesitate to reach out.

New Books and Media Received (April-May 2021)

The following Books (407 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through budgetary funds and expense accounts, and by donation in April and May 2021.

Seminary Library

Figurines in Achaemenid period Yehud: Jerusalem’s history of religion and coroplastics in the monotheism debate, 2017.

Khalifa ibn Khayyat’s History on the Umayyad Dynasty (660-750), 2015.

Native: identity, belonging, and rediscovering God, 2020.

Theophilus of Edessa’s Chronicle and the circulation of historical knowledge in late antiquity and early Islam, 2011.

Three political voices from the age of Justinian: Agapetus, ‘Advice to the Emperor’:  Dialogue on political science:  Paul the Silentiary, ‘Description of Hagia Sophia’, 2009.

Torah, temple, and transaction: Jewish religious institutions and economic behavior in early Roman Galilee, 2020.

Language and Literature
A beginner’s guide to Dante’s Divine comedy, 2018.

On the nature of things and, On times by Bede, 2010. 

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
The Acts of the Second Council of Nicaea (787), 2020.

After Whiteness: an education in belonging, 2020.

Always on: practicing faith in a new media landscape, 2019.

Clement of Alexandria and the shaping of Christian literary practice: miscellany and the transformation of Greco-Roman writing, 2020.

The Council of Ephesus of 431: documents and proceedings, 2020.

Family systems and congregational life: a map for ministry, 2019.

The forgotten Desert Mothers: sayings, lives, and stories of early Christian women, 2001.

The funerary speech for John Chrysostom, 2013.

Imperial invectives against Constantius II: Athanasius of Alexandria, History of the Arians, Hilary of Poitiers, Against Constantius and Lucifer of Cagliari, The necessity of dying for the Son of God, 2016.

Interpreting scripture with the great tradition: recovering the genius of premodern exegesis, 2018.

Interpreting the Parables, 2012.

An introduction to Christian mysticism: recovering the wildness of spiritual life, 2021.

An introduction to the Old Testament: the Canon and Christian imagination, 2020.

The letter and spirit of biblical interpretation: from the early church to modern practice, 2018.

The making of biblical womanhood: how the subjugation of women became gospel truth, 2021.

Marriage, scripture, and the church: theological discernment on the question of same-sex union, 2021.

The mind of the spirit: Paul’s approach to transformed thinking, 2016.

Missional theology: an introduction, 2020.

Models of evangelism, 2020.

The mystic way of evangelism: a contemplative vision for Christian outreach, 2017.

The myth of the Stone-Campbell movement, 2019.

Neither complementarian nor egalitarian: a kingdom corrective to the evangelical gender debate, 2016.

On the nature of man by Nemesius, 2008.

Opening Israel’s scriptures, 2019.

Origen: an introduction to his life and thought, 2019.

Prey tell: why we silence women who tell the truth and how everyone can speak up, 2021.

Reading Revelation responsibly: uncivil worship and witness:  following the Lamb into the new creation, 2011.

Reading the New Testament as Christian scripture: a literary, canonical, and theological survey, 2020.

Religion in America by Lisa D. Pearce and Claire C. Gilliland, 2020.

Reparations: a Christian call for repentance and repair, 2021.

Rethinking Galatians: Paul’s vision of oneness in the living Christ, 2021.

The return of oral hermeneutics: as good today as it was for the Hebrew Bible and first-century Christianity, 2020.

Selfies: searching for the image of God in a digital age, 2018.

The spiritual child: the new science on parenting for health and lifelong thriving, 2016.

Spiritual disciplines for the Christian life, 2014.

Syriac Christian culture: beginnings to renaissance, 2020.

Theology as a way of life: on teaching and learning the Christian faith, 2019.

Two early lives of Severos, Patriarch of Antioch, 2013.

The Worship sourcebook, 2013.

Political Science
Augustine’s political thought, 2019. 

New Testament Seminar
Faith in formulae :a collection of early Christian creeds and creed-related texts [3 volumes], 2017.

Luke as narrative theologian: texts and topics, 2020.

The Oxford handbook of Jonathan Edwards, 2021.

The Oxford handbook of the Septuagint, 2021.

A scripture index to rabbinic literature by Caleb T. Friedeman, 2021.

Welshimer Library

Art and music in Venice: from the Renaissance to the Baroque, 2013.

Bruegel: the complete graphic works, 2019.

Building Nazi Germany: place, space, architecture, and ideology, 2020.

Emil Nolde: the artist during the Third Reich, 2019.

Fra Angelico and the rise of the Florentine Renaissance, 2019.

Frida in America: the creative awakening of a great artist, 2020.

John Singer Sargent: the sensualist, 2000.

The poster: a visual history, 2020.

Sofonisba’s lesson: a Renaissance artist and her work, 2019.

Strandbeest: the dream machines of Theo Jansen, 2014.

Vida Americana: Mexican muralists remake American art, 1925-1945, 2020.

William Blake, 2019.

Winslow Homer: his art, his light, his landscapes, 1997.

Educating media literacy: the need for critical media literacy in teacher education, 2020.

Educational psychology: history, practice, research, and the future, 2019.

Making up our mind: what school choice is really about, 2019.

Race dialogues: a facilitator’s guide to tackling the elephant in the classroom, 2019.

Reading for action: engaging youth in social justice through young adult literature, 2019.

Visual culture, 2019.

1774: the long year of Revolution, 2021.

Africa and the Indian Ocean world from early times to circa 1900, 2019.

Ain’t I a woman: Black women and feminism, 2015.

American while black: African Americans, immigration, and the limits of citizenship, 2019.

Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic intellectual history in cross-cultural perspective, 2019.

The Boston Massacre: a family history, 2020.

The Byzantine Hellene: the life of Emperor Theodore Laskaris and Byzantium in the thirteenth century, 2019.

The Cambridge history of the American Civil War, 2019.

Daily life in Nazi-occupied Europe, 2019.

El Norte: the epic and forgotten story of Hispanic North America, 2020.

The end of the myth: from the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America, 2019.

The firebird and the fox: Russian culture under Tsars and Bolsheviks, 2019.

Four hundred souls: a community history of African America, 1619-2019, 2021.

Freedom libraries: the untold story of libraries for African Americans in the South, 2019.

A history of Jordan, 2019.

Hitler: a biography, 2019.

Hitler: a global biography, 2019.

Islam, authoritarianism, and underdevelopment: a global and historical comparison, 2019.

The Kindertransport: contesting memory, 2019.

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North, 2019.

The Middle Ages: facts and fictions, 2019.

The Middle East and the making of the modern world, 2017.

Not even past: the stories we keep telling about the Civil War, 2020.

Old Canaan in a new world: Native Americans and the lost tribes of Israel, 2020.

On the trail of Mary Queen of Scots, 1999.

Palestine: a four thousand year history, 2020.

The politics of the past in early China, 2020.

The rebel and the Imām in early Islam: explorations in Muslim historiography, 2020.

Reinterpreting Southern histories: essays in historiography, 2020.

Roots of the Black Chicago renaissance: new negro writers, artists, and intellectuals, 1893-1930, 2020.

Russia, the former Soviet republics, and Europe since 1989: transformation and tragedy, 2019.

South Africa, race and the making of international relations, 2020.

The South and the transformation of US politics, 2019.

Spying on the South: an odyssey across the American divide, 2020.

The successor: Tiberius and the triumph of the Roman Empire, 2019.

Under a darkening sky: the American experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941, 2018.

Unworthy republic: the dispossession of Native Americans and the road to Indian territory, 2020.

Walter Ralegh: architect of empire, 2019.

Will of the people: the revolutionary birth of America, 2021.

Language and Literature
Achilles beside Gilgamesh: mortality and wisdom in early epic poetry, 2019.

Anthem by Ayn Rand, 1953.

An artist of the floating world, 1989.

Bilingual children: a guide for parents, 2019.

Black and more than black: African American fiction in the post era, 2019.

Black Broadway: African Americans on the great white way, 2015.

Blue iris: poems and essays, 2004.

The buried giant, 2015.

Comics and stuff, 2020.

The complete and original Norwegian folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe, 2019.

Dante’s Christian ethics: Purgatory and its moral contexts, 2020.

Fake news nation: the long history of lies and misinterpretations in America, 2019.

The Faust legend: from Marlowe and Goethe to contemporary drama and film, 2019.

Film as embodied art: bodily meaning in the cinema of Stanley Kubrick, 2019.

The five people you meet in heaven, 2003.

The five-minute linguist: bite-sized essays on language and languages, 2019.

Furious flower: seeding the future of African American poetry, 2020.

Geoffrey Chaucer in context, 2021.

Gulag literature and the literature of Nazi camps: an intercontexual reading, 2019.

Herodotus and the question why, 2021.

It’s always loud in the balcony: a life in black theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and back, 2019.

Journalism in the age of virtual reality: how experiential media are transforming news, 2019.

Klara and the sun, 2021.

Language endangerment, 2019.

Literature’s children: the critical child and the art of idealization, 2019.

The looking machine: essays on cinema, anthropology and documentary filmmaking, 2019.

Malory’s magic book: King Arthur and the child, 1862-1980, 2019.

Modernism, postcolonialism, and globalism: Anglophone literature, 1950 to the present, 2019.

The mousetrap, 2014.

The movie musical!, 2019.

The nickel boys: a novel, 2019.

Nocturnes: five stories of music and nightfall, 2009.

Nostalgia in print and performance, 1510-1613: merry worlds, 2019.

One man show: poetics and presence in the Iliad and Odyssey, 2020.

The overstory: a novel, 2019.

Poems by Elizabeth Bishop, 2011.

The poems of Louisa May Alcott, 2000.

Possessed by memory: the inward light of criticism, 2020.

The remains of the day, 1989.

Scale, space and canon in ancient literary culture, 2020.

Screening reality: how documentary filmmakers reimagined America, 2020.

Stephen King and American history, 2021.

Stephen King and American politics, 2021.

Stories and the brain: the neuroscience of narrative, 2020.

The struggle for understanding: Elie Wiesel’s literary works, 2019.

Swamp Souths: literary and cultural ecologies, 2020.

Tales of the South Pacific, 1947.

A theory of dramaturgy, 2019.

The unconsoled, 1995.

Unstable masks: whiteness and American superhero comics, 2020.

The view from somewhere: undoing the myth of journalistic objectivity, 2019.

The vintage Bradbury; Ray Bradbury’s own selection of his best stories, 1965.

Virginia Woolf: and the women who shaped her world, 2019.

When we were orphans, 2000.

The worlds of JRR Tolkien: the places that inspired Middle-Earth, 2020.

Ancient legal thought: equity, justice, and humaneness from Hammurabi and the pharaohs to Justinian and the Talmud, 2019.

The Cambridge companion to comparative constitutional law, 2019.

The constitutional origins of the American civil war, 2019.

The disappearing First Amendment, 2019.

The Evening Star: the rise and fall of a great Washington newspaper, 2019.

Originalism’s promise: a natural law account of the American Constitution, 2019.

Religion, law, USA, 2019.

The second founding: how the Civil War and reconstruction remade the constitution, 2020.

Supreme inequality: the Supreme Court’s fifty-year battle for a more unjust America, 2021. 

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5, 2013.

DSM-5 handbook of differential diagnosis, 2014.

Elderhood: redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life, 2021.

Gentling: a practical guide to treating PTSD in abused children, 2011.

Mind fixers: psychiatry’s troubled search for the biology of mental illness, 2020.

Racism: science & tools for the public health professional, 2019.

The undying: pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care, 2020.

Treating addiction: a guide for professionals, 2019.

Military Science
Militarization: a reader, 2019. 

The 100 most important people in musical theatre, 2019.

Angel song: medieval English music in history, 2019.

Bach and Mozart: essays on the enigma of genius, 2019.

The band’s visit, 2018.

Both from the ears & mind: thinking about music in early modern England, 2020.

Caroline, or Change: a musical, 2004.

Down a path of wonder, 2006.

For the love of music: a conductor’s guide to the art of listening, 2020.

Fun home, 2015.

Into the woods, 1989.

The light in the piazza, 2007.

Man of La Mancha; a musical play, 1966.

Music, myth and story in medieval and early modern culture, 2019.

The Spitfire Grill: a musical, 2002.

Summertime: George Gershwin’s life in music, 2020.

Philosophy and Religion
1 and 2 Timothy and Titus by Robert W. Wall and Richard B. Steele, 2012.

1 Peter by Joel B. Green, 2007.

1-3 John by Thomas Andrew Bennett, 2021.

2 Peter and Jude by Ruth Anne Reese, 2007.

Acts by Craig S. Keener, 2020.

Against: what does the white evangelical want?, 2019.

Anatomy of the soul: surprising connections between neuroscience and spiritual practices that can transform your life and relationships, 2010.

Becoming Beauvoir: a life, 2020.

Black: the history of a color, 2009.

Blue: the history of a color, 2001.

The Cambridge companion to natural law ethics, 2019.

The Cambridge handbook of wisdom, 2019.

Ecopiety: green media and the dilemma of environmental virtue, 2019.

Exemplars of truth, 2019.

Ezumezu: a system of logic for African philosophy and studies, 2019.

Faith in American public life, 2019.

The feeling of life itself: why consciousness is widespread but can’t be computed, 2019.

Galatians by Craig S. Keener, 2018.

Green: the history of a color, 2014.

Heart to heart: how your emotions affect other people, 2019.

Intentional churches: how implementing an operating system clarifies vision, improves decision-making, and stimulates growth, 2020.

Introduction to existentialism: from Kierkegaard to The Seventh Seal, 2020.

Judges by David J. H. Beldman, 2020.

The lost art of Scripture: rescuing the sacred texts, 2019.

Luke by F. Scott Spenser, 2019.

Mark by Darrell L. Bock, 2015.

Never doubt Thomas: the Catholic Aquinas as evangelical and Protestant, 2019.

Nietzsche and other Buddhas: philosophy after comparative philosophy, 2019.

Nihilism, 2019.

Power and technology: a philosophical and ethical analysis, 2019.

Red: the history of a color, 2017.

The supporting cast of the Bible: reading on behalf of the multitude, 2020.

Teaching Islamic studies in the age of ISIS, Islamophobia and the Internet, 2019.

The trellis and the vine: the ministry mind-shift that changes everything, 2009.

Understanding religious experience: from conviction to life’s meaning, 2020.

The varieties of nonreligious experience: atheism in American culture, 2019.

Ways of heaven: an introduction to Chinese thought, 2019.

Yellow: the history of a color, 2019.

Political Science
Against borders: why the world needs free movement of people, 2020.

Against free speech, 2020.

The age of migration: international population movements in the modern world, 2020.

And yet they persisted: how American women won the right to vote, 2020.

Breaking the two-party doom loop: the case for multiparty democracy in America, 2020.

Culture and order in world politic, 2020.

Democracy and dictatorship in Europe: from the Ancien régime to the present day, 2021.

Empire of democracy: the remaking of the West since the Cold War, 1971-2017, 2019.

Enchanted America: how intuition and reason divide our politics, 2018.

Globalization matters: engaging the global in unsettled time, 2019.

The long southern strategy: how chasing white voters in the South changed American politics, 2021.

Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and journeys in between, 2019.

No vote for women: the denial of suffrage in reconstruction America, 2019.

Overcoming intractable conflicts: new approaches to constructive transformations, 2019.

This land is our land: an immigrant’s manifesto, 2019.

Turkey between democracy and authoritarianism, 2019.

Analytical mechanics, 2018.

Artificial intelligence: a guide for thinking humans, 2019.

The biology of reproduction, 2019.

The book of why: the new science of cause and effect, 2020.

Foundations of data science, 2020.

The last lecture, 2008.

The logic in philosophy of science, 2019.

Losing Earth: a recent history, 2020.

The scientific attitude: defending science from denial, fraud, and pseudoscience, 2019.

The story of more: how we got to climate change and where to go from here, 2020.

Until the end of time: mind, matter, and our search for meaning in an evolving universe, 2021.

Social Sciences
The abortionist: a woman against the law, 2019.

Affectionate communication in close relationships, 2019.

Alcohol and humans: a long and social affair, 2020.

Bathroom battlegrounds: how public restrooms shape the gender order, 2020.

Caste: the origins of our discontents, 2020.

Caught in the path of Katrina: a survey of the hurricane’s human effects, 2019.

Children in changing worlds: sociocultural and temporal perspectives, 2019.

City on a hill: urban idealism in America from the Puritans to the present, 2019.

Deported to death: how drug violence is changing migration on the US-Mexico border, 2019.

Dress in the age of Jane Austen: Regency fashion, 2019.

Empire of guns: the violent making of the Industrial Revolution, 2018.

Free Cyntoia: my search for redemption in the American prison system, 2020.

The global economy: a concise history, 2020.

The goodness paradox: the strange relationship between virtue and violence in human evolution, 2019.

How to divide when there isn’t enough: from Aristotle, the Talmud, and Maimonides to the axiomatics of resource allocation, 2019.

Intersectionality as critical social theory, 2019.

Invisible women: data bias in a world designed for men, 2021.

The last empires: governing ourselves, our nations, and our world, 2019.

Management studies in crisis: fraud, deception and meaningless research, 2019.

Maoism: a global history, 2020.

Neighborhood defenders: participatory politics and America’s housing crisis, 2020.

No visible bruises: what we don’t know about domestic violence can kill us, 2020.

Organizations for people: caring cultures, basic needs, and better lives, 2020.

Possessed: why we want more than we need, 2019.

The power of strategic listening, 2020.

The practice of folklore: essays toward a theory of tradition, 2019.

Queer faith: reading promiscuity and race in the secular love tradition, 2019.

Reading minds: how childhood teaches us to understand people, 2020.

Searching for the anthropocene: a journey into the environmental humanities, 2020.

A sense of inequality, 2020.

Sign language phonology, 2019.

Skin deep: dispelling the science of race, 2020.

Taxation, 2020.

Technology in the Industrial Revolution, 2020.

Thanks for watching: an anthropological study of video sharing on YouTube, 2019.

Understanding the experience of disability: perspectives from social and rehabilitation psychology, 2019.

We should all be feminists, 2015.

Whisper tapes: Kate Millett in Iran, 2019.

Women and the land 1500-1900, 2019.

The decisive network: Magnum Photos and the postwar image market, 2020.

Edison, 2020.

Lewis Carroll’s photography and modern childhood, 2020.

Make, think, imagine: engineering the future of civilization, 2021.

Physics of semiconductor devices, 2021.

Stephen King and American history, 2021.

Stephen King and American politics, 2021.

All thirteen: the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team, 2020.

The bear in my family, 2020.

Box: Henry Brown mails himself to freedom, 2020.

The cat man of Aleppo, 2020.

Double bass blues, 2019.

Fighting words, 2020.

Genesis begins again, 2019.

Going down home with Daddy, 2019.

The graveyard book, 2008.

Me & Mama, 2020.

Outside in, 2020.

A place inside of me: a poem to heal the heart, 2020.

See the cat: three stories about a dog, 2020.

We are water protectors, 2020.

We dream of space, 2020.

What about worms!?, 2020.

When you trap a tiger, 2020.

A wish in the dark, 2020.

Zip, zoom!, 2020.

The book of Amos by R. Carroll and M. Daniel, 2020.

The Book of Judges by Barry G. Webb, 2012.

The Book of Zechariah by Mark J. Boda, 2016.

The books of Haggai and Malachi by Mignon R. Jacobs, 2017.

The books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah by Thomas Renz, 2021.

The Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill, 2012.

The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Gordon D. Fee, 2014.

The letter of James by Scot McKnight, 2011.

The letter to the Colossians by Scot McKnight, 2018.

The letter to the Ephesians by Lynn H. Cohick, 2020.

The letter to the Galatians by David Arthur DeSilva, 2018.

The letter to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo, 2018.

The Letter to Philemon by Scot McKnight, 2017.

The Second Book of Samuel by David Toshio Tsumura, 2019.


100 years of Olympic films: 1912-2012.

12 Years a Slave.

American graffiti: drive-in double feature.

American history X.

Breaker Morant.


Dot and the kangaroo.

Flushed away ; Chicken run ; Wallace & Gromit, curse of the were-rabbit.

The ghost and Mr. Chicken.

The good place: the final season.

Hail Satan?.



Little women.

Looney tunes golden collection.

The omen.

Parenthood: Season 1.

Parenthood: Season 2.

Parenthood: Season 3.

Parenthood: Season 4.

Parenthood: Season 5.

Parenthood: Season 6.

Popeye, the sailor, the 1940s, Volume 1.

Popeye, the sailor, the 1940s, Volume 2.

The Professor: tai chi’s journey west.

Road to Avonlea Season 1.

Road to Avonlea Season 2.

Road to Avonlea Season 3.

Road to Avonlea Season 4.

Road to Avonlea Season 5.

Road to Avonlea Season 6.

Road to Avonlea Season 7.

Saving Private Ryan.

Say anything.

Simpsons: Season 11.

Stand by me.

This is us: Season 1.

This is us: Season 2.

This is us: Season 3.

Three fantastic journeys by Karel Zeman.

Touki bouki.

A trip to the moon.

La vie en rose.

Watership down.

What’s eating Gilbert Grape?.


Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries
Altared: the true story of a she, a he, and how they both got too worked up about we.

Ape and essence.

A field guide to eastern trees: eastern United States and Canada, including the Midwest.

Gay marriage: why it is good for gays, good for straights, and good for America.

The globalization of nothing 2.

Lived religion: faith and practice in everyday life.

McDonaldization: the reader.

The McDonaldization of society 5.

The sacred canopy: elements of a sociological theory of religion.

Selected writings of Jonathan Edwards.

The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge.

The victory of reason: how Christianity led to freedom, capitalism, and Western success.

When two become one: enhancing sexual intimacy in marriage.

White privilege: essential readings on the other side of racism.

Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

The wings of the dove.

Women and religion.


11th Annual (2nd Virtual) Edible Books Festival

In many ways it feels like it’s been a very long year since we had to go virtual with the 2020 Milligan Libraries’ Edible Books Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then again, now that we’ve just concluded our 2021 Edible Books Festival, it sort-of feels odd that a whole year has passed us by already. Maybe that’s a good thing.

The festival rules are very simple. Submissions are received from the larger Milligan University community (students, alumni, faculty, staff, and family members) that are book-themed and edible. That’s it. Otherwise, we encourage creativity and we very much enjoy humor. Submissions receive votes from the community on the Most Creative, Funniest/Punniest, Overall Favorite, and (during normal years) Tastiest.

This year’s festival — our eleventh — ran from Monday-Thursday, April 12-15. Due to the lingering pandemic, we again celebrated the event virtually. Photographs of entries were submitted by the end of day on Monday and posted to the library’s Facebook page. Voting commenced on Tuesday-Wednesday (votes were cast using the appropriate emoji), and the winners were announced on Thursday.

This year, we received 14 submissions. Congratulations to former student Grace Jackson, winner of the Funniest/Punniest award for Cold Mountain Dew, and to Filo Lopez, who won both Most Creative and Overall Favorite awards for his rendition of Dante’s Inferno. (Filo is a Humanities 102 student who also submitted Dante’s Inferno as his Humanities Creativity Project.) Both winners received Dunkin’ gift cards.

You can view all the 2021 Milligan Libraries Edible Books Festival submissions on our Facebook page here. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Here’s hoping that next year we can hold the festival in person so that we can actually sample all the submissions, and cast our votes for the Tastiest!

New Books and Media Received (March 2021)

The following Books (37 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through expense accounts and by donation in March 2021.

Seminary Library

The ancient near east: a very short introduction, 2014.

Dream with me: race, love, and the struggle we must win, 2017.

One blood by John M. Perkins, 2020.

The Syro-Anatolian city-states: an Iron Age culture, 2021.

Philosophy,  Psychology,  and Religion
All but invisible: exploring identity questions at the intersection of faith, gender & sexuality, 2017.

Desmond Tutu: a spiritual biography of South Africa’s confessor, 2021.

Embodied: transgender identities, the church & what the Bible has to say, 2021.

The essential writings of Christian mysticism by Bernard McGinn, 2006.

The innovative church: how leaders and their congregations can adapt in an ever-changing world, 2020.

Jesus for revolutionaries: an introduction to race, social justice, and Christianity, 2013.

Melania the Younger: from Rome to Jerusalem, 2021.

A multitude of all peoples: engaging ancient Christianity’s global identity, 2020.

Reading the Bible missionally, 2016.

With justice for all: a strategy for community development, 2014.

Social Sciences
The purpose gap: empowering communities of color to find meaning and thrive, 2021.

New Testament Seminar
African American readings of Paul: reception, resistance, and transformation, 2020.

Apostle of persuasion: theology and rhetoric in the Pauline letters, 2020.

Ethnic negotiations: the function of race and ethnicity in Acts 16, 2010.

The Jewish annotated Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version Bible translation, 2020.

Matthew by Jeannine K. Brown and Kyle A. Roberts, 2018.

Reading Acts in the discourses of masculinity and politics, 2017.

A Roman commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, 2020.

The second sophistic by Tim Whitmarsh, 2005.

Women and society in the Roman world: a sourcebook of inscriptions from the Roman West, 2021.


Welshimer Library

The motivated worker: a manager’s guide to improving job satisfaction by Brad Ward, 2020. 


Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries
The American tradition in literature [2 volumes].

Fading memories of my first 84 years by Duard Walker.

Give & take: the complete guide to negotiating strategies and tactics.

A global fellowship: a concise history of the world convention of Churches of Christ.

The hands that shaped Milligan humanities.

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two.

A history of prayer: the first to the fifteenth century.

If God is good–: faith in the midst of suffering and evil.

The illustrated Faerie queene.

The lion and the honeycomb: essays in solicitude and critique.

A month with Jesus: 31 days with a surprising Savior.

Preaching in the Patristic Era: sermons, preachers, and audiences in the Latin West.

New Books and Media Received (February 2021)

The following Books (76 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through expense accounts and by donation in February 2021.

Seminary Library

The house of the father as fact and symbol: patrimonialism in Ugarit and the ancient Near East, 2001.

Language and Literature
The variae: the complete translation by M. Shane Bjornlie, 2019.

Our malady: lessons in liberty from a hospital diary, 2020.

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
The book of Amos by M. Daniel Carroll, 2020.

The breadth of salvation: rediscovering the fullness of God’s saving work, 2020.

The Codex Amiatinus and its “sister” Bibles: Scripture, liturgy, and art in the milieu of the Venerable Bede, 2019.

Creation and ecology: the political economy of ancient Israel and the environmental crisis, 2020.

Dogmatic ecclesiology by Tom Greggs, 2019.

The first letter of Peter: a global commentary by Lambeth Conference, Jennifer R. Strawbridge, Robert Stewart Heaney, Emma Ineson, and Justin Welby, 2020.

Genesis by Abraham Tal, 2015.

Gospel haymanot: a constructive theology and critical reflection on African and diasporic Christianity, 2020.

How (not) to read the Bible: making sense of the anti-women, anti-science, pro-violence, pro-slavery, and other crazy-sounding parts of scripture, 2020.

Howard Thurman and the disinherited: a religious biography, 2020.

Interfaith leadership: a primer by Eboo Patel, 2016.

Proverbs by Jan de Waard, 2008.

Retrieving Augustine’s doctrine of creation: ancient wisdom for current controversy, 2020.

The saints’ guide to happiness by Robert Ellsberg, 2003.

The spiritual way: classic traditions and contemporary practice, 2019.

Veritas: a Harvard professor, a con man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, 2020.

White too long: the legacy of white supremacy in American Christianity, 2020.

Social Sciences
How to fight racism: courageous Christianity and the journey toward racial justice, 2021.

The rise and triumph of the modern self: cultural amnesia, expressive individualism, and the road to sexual revolution, 2020.

New Testament Seminar
The apocalypse of John: a commentary by Francis J. Moloney, 2020.

The early textual transmission of John: stability and fluidity in its second and third century Greek manuscripts, 2018.

The gospels as stories: a narrative approach to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, 2020.

Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism: message, context, and significance, 2020.

Jesus and the forces of death: the Gospels’ portrayal of ritual impurity within first-century Judaism, 2021.

Jewish roots of Eastern Christian mysticism: studies in honor of Alexander Golitzin, 2020.

Khirbet Qumrân and Aïn Feshkha, 2019.

Lift up your heads: nonverbal communication and related body imagery in the Bible, 2018.

Linguistics and New Testament Greek: key issues in the current debate, 2020.

The new day of atonement: a Matthean typology, 2020.

Perspectives on Paul: five views, 2020.

Reading Revelation in context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism, 2019.

A socio-rhetorical interpretation of the letter to Philemon in light of the new institutional economics: an exhortation to transform a master-slave economic relationship into a brotherly loving relationship, 2017.

To live in the Spirit: Paul and the spirit of God, 2019.

New Testament Seminar Reference
The New Testament Gospels in Manichaean tradition: the sources in Syriac, Greek, Coptic, Middle Persian, Parthian, Sogdian, Bactrian, New Persian, and Arabic:  with appendices on the “Gospel of Thomas” and Diatessaron, 2020.

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries
After The passion is gone: American religious consequences.

Beyond borders: thinking critically about global issues.

Black like me.

The burden of the flesh: fasting and sexuality in early Christianity.

The Cambridge companion to Orthodox Christian theology.

China from the inside [DVD].

The Christian sacraments: or, A scriptural exhibition of the nature, design, mode and subjects of Christian baptism: in which every important question, touching the subject, is fairly stated, and fully and scripturally answered. Also, a History of immersion, as a religious rite, from its rise among the Jews to the present time. Together with the nature, design, proper use, perpetuity, and proper subjects of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper: designed as a halp [sic] to a correct understanding and proper use of the Christian sacraments.

The Church of Christ – essential, all-sufficient, indestructable, perpetually relevant: being the Freed-Hardeman College Lectures of 1971.

Encyclopedia of religion and film.

The fire this time: a new generation speaks about race.

Gender diversity: crosscultural variations.

Gendered lives: communication, gender, and culture.

The Gospel according to Hollywood.

Holy cow [DVD].

Holy superheroes!: exploring the sacred in comics, graphic novels, and film.

Home by Marilynne Robinson.

How to be an antiracist.

In good faith: questioning religion and atheism.

Inquiry about the monks in Egypt.

My life [DVD].

A new practical primer of literary Chinese.

No one can stem the tide: selected poems, 1931-1991.

The other side of the river: a story of two towns, a death, and America’s dilemma.

Pondering the Passion: what’s at stake for Christians and Jews?

Privilege: a reader.

Race, class, and gender in the United States: an integrated study.

Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America.

Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

Saint Anselm: a portrait in a landscape.

Salvage the bones: a novel.

Screen christologies: redemption and the medium of film.

The word in this world: two sermons by Karl Barth, Christopher Asprey, and Kurt I. Johanson.

There are no children here: the story of two boys growing up in the other America.

Toward the endless day: the life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel.

Treatises on Noah and David Ambrose and Brian Dunkle.

Tuesdays with Morrie [DVD].

Understanding race and ethnic relations.

White privilege: essential readings on the other side of racism.

Working toward whiteness: how America’s immigrants became white: the strange journey from Ellis Island to the suburbs.