Theology & Ministry Collections
Reflecting the history of the university and its theology program, the theology collection has been strongest in systematic theology, history of Christianity, and biography with strong emphasis on the Catholic and Jesuit traditions. Material on the Protestant denominations is also collected. The Theology Department offers the following major areas for doctoral study: History of Christian Life and Thought, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Theological Ethics, and Comparative Theology. The MA is no longer offered. The library collects the kinds of advanced research materials which support teaching and scholarship in these areas. World religions (in particular Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism), inter-religious dialogue, and ecumenism are additional areas of collecting activity. The library also collects material suitable for supporting the many undergraduate courses offered by the Department. Selected devotional, spiritual, and popular works reflecting contemporary Catholic life are also collected.
Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have resulted in the acquisition of significant electronic resources, including electronic versions of familiar theology indexes and digitized full-text editions of primary sources. The next area of major collection growth in electronic formats will be in electronic journals. The theology collection program has emphasized acquisition of digitized information and texts when possible because they vastly improve a researcher's ability to identify and access research resources. | Selected Resources »
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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Theology intersects with all aspects of academic study, particularly those in the humanities, social sciences, and professional training. In particular, the following areas are significant to theology at BC: philosophy, classics, psychology, education, history, political science, economics, nursing, business management, literature, the arts, political science, and law. Any individual interdisciplinary title is purchased with theology funds if its major focus is theology.
Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, editions of major scriptures, textbooks (to a limited extent), selected popular works, professional materials for ministry, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, concordances, scriptural commentaries, research guides, and directories.
Theological materials published in Western languages are emphasized, particularly English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Significant texts in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew are also collected. Other languages are selectively collected.
Geographic Area Coverage
Major geographic emphases are on the Americas, Europe, and the Near East. Material about religions of India, African religions, and Buddhism in Asia is also collected.
The chronology of the Judaeo-Christian tradition ranges from the second millenium b.c.e. to the present; the materials selected reflect an interest in the tradition's history through all its stages. Particular attention is paid to the patristic, medieval, and modern periods, and to 19th century Catholic theologians in Europe and North America. Selection of materials dealing with other religious traditions also reflects each tradition's historical development.
Dates of Publication
Works with current imprints are emphasized. Significant theological titles, particularly in the Catholic tradition, are retrospectively collected. All modern editions of scriptures of world religions, significant scriptural commentaries, and modern editions of theological and historical works considered as classics by the various religious traditions are also collected.
Theo. & Ministry Library
The collections of the Theology and Ministry Library are especially strong in biblical studies, Catholic theology and history, canon law, pastoral and practical theology, and Jesuitica. In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston College, the TML is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields.
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