Thursday, February 14, 2019

Featured Author: K.C. Richardson

Dr. K.C. Richardson

Dr. K.C. Richardson, Associate Professor of History at Hope International University, teaches Hebrew History and Literature, Early Christian History and Literature, History of Christianity, History of American Religion, Theology of Ministry, and World History to 1500.

His latest book, based on his Ph.D. doctoral dissertation, has recently been published by Cascade Books (2018).

Cite it:
Richardson, Kristopher Carl. 2018. Early Christian Care for the Poor : An Alternative Subsistence Strategy Under Roman Imperial Rule. (Matrix--The Bible in Mediterranean Context, 11.) Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Check it out: MAIN 261.8325 R523e 2018

Buy it on Amazon
"Beginning with Jesus’s ministry in the villages of Galilee and continuing over the course of the first three centuries as the movement expanded geographically and numerically throughout the Roman world, the Christians organized their house churches, at least in part, to provide subsistence insurance for their needy members. While the Pax Romana created conditions of relative peace and growing prosperity, the problem of poverty persisted in Rome’s fundamentally agrarian economy. Modeling their economic values and practices on the traditional patterns of the rural village, the Christians created an alternative subsistence strategy in the cities of the Roman empire by emphasizing need, rather than virtue, as the main criterion for determining the recipients of their generous giving." (Amazon)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

SBL HIU Faculty Scholarship

Each year the faculty of the Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies join thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and other colleagues at the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion joint meetings held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.

This year they participated not only by going to academic sessions and networking but also contributing. Professor Kelly Dagley presented a paper on, "Ruth, Immigrant Women, and the Danger of Sexual Violence". And several of our professors had recently published books on display in "one of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies".

Books authored by HIU faculty on display at the SBL conference this year included:

Lines, Kevin. 2018. Who Do the Ngimurok Say That They Are? : A Phenomenological Study of Turkana Traditional Religious Specialists in Turkana, Kenya. Pickwick Publications. (not held by the Darling Library)

Martin, Ralph P, and Carl N Toney. 2018. New Testament Foundations : An Introduction for Students. Revised and expanded. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. (

Richardson, Kristopher Carl. 2018. Early Christian Care for the Poor : An Alternative Subsistence Strategy Under Roman Imperial Rule. Matrix--The Bible in Mediterranean Context, 11. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. (

Sirvent, Roberto, and Silas Michael Morgan, eds. 2018. Kierkegaard and Political Theology. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications. (

Ward, Keith, William Curtis Holtzen, and Roberto Sirvent. 2012. By Faith and Reason : The Essential Keith Ward. London, England: Darton, Longman and Todd.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Featured Author: Carl N. Toney

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Congratulations to Dr. Carl Toney, Chair, Graduate Ministry Program; Associate Professor of Biblical Studies of the Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies of Hope International University!

His New Testament Foundations: An Introduction for Students is finally available! The Darling Library has acquired two copies. One will be stored in the Archives and the other will be available for check out from the Circulation Desk. You can order a copy for yourself through Amazon.

This work was originally published by the late Ralph P. Martin, well known British New Testament scholar, in the mid-1970s.

"The present work was originally printed in two volumes by Ralph P. Martin. In transforming this into a singular volume, chapters have been reordered, some added or omitted, and there has been a consideration of balancing material for the sake of a consistent flow. This volume represents the third and final collaboration between Ralph P. Martin and Carl N. Toney, a journey that began with the revision of Martin's Word Biblical Commentary on 2 Corinthians. After this current project was underway, Martin (1925-2013) passed away, leaving the bulk of the revision to Toney. As such, Toney has experienced the tension of being a redactor, wishing to convey the voice of a beloved and received tradition, while also seeking to make it relevant for a new generation of readers." (From the Preface to Revised and Expanded Edition, p. xvii)
Dr. Carl N. Toney

Martin, Ralph P., and Carl N. Toney. New Testament Foundations: An Introduction for Students. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018. 780 pages. (ISBN: 978-1-62032-088-4)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Featured Author: Curtis Holtzen

In Spirit and in Truth : Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship is the most recent faculty publication on display in the Darling Library.

Dr. Curtis Holtzen, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Hope International University, is co-editor of this book published by the Claremont School of Theology Press in 2016. It is volume one of a new series entitled Claremont Studies in Methodism & Wesleyanism.

The library prominently displays new faculty publications on a bookshelf behind the circulation desk to bring attention to HIU scholarship. The library's policy is to keep a copy of HIU faculty authored books in the archives and to make another copy available for check out.

To find other publications by Dr. Holtzen, go to and search for Curtis Holtzen.
Holtzen, William Curtis, and Matthew Nelson Hill. 2016. In Spirit and in Truth : Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship. Claremont Studies in Methodism & Wesleyanism, Vol. 1. Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press.
Available in the Darling Library

Available on Amazon
Dr. Wm. Curtis Holtzen

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dr. Matson wins Stone-Campbell Journal award

Dr. David L. Matson pictured here with
Dr. Alicia Crumpton of Johnson University
Congratulations to Dr. David L. Matson, Professor of Biblical Studies at Hope International University on receiving the “Most Historically Significant Stone-Campbell Movement Article” award.

Presented during the 16th Annual SCJ Conference held at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee April 7-8, 2017, the award recognizes Dr. Matson's unique contribution to the Stone-Campbell movement.

The Stone-Campbell Journal has been published semi-annually since 1998 and is the only academic journal principally connected to the “independent” Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (though it reaches out to and includes all three branches of the Stone-Campbell or “Restoration” movement, including the Disciples of Christ and the Churches of Christ).

Other outstanding articles were recognized in the area of New Testament, Old Testament, and Theology-Culture, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the journal’s existence.

Over the twenty year history of the SCJ, Dr. Matson has contributed several articles and book reviews. The article which won him this award, "Who wrote the Lunenburg letter?: the untold story of the 'conscientious sister' of Lunenburg" was published in 2008.
Matson, David Lertis. "Who wrote the Lunenburg letter?: the untold story of the 'conscientious sister' of Lunenburg." Stone-Campbell Journal 11, no. 1 (2008 2008): 3-28. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed April 17, 2017).

More about the Stone-Campbell Journal...

The Stone-Campbell Journal seeks to provide "a scholarly platform for biblical interpretation, history, theology, philosophy, apologetics, and cultural criticism for those who value the perspective of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and who endeavor to advance its distinctive principles today." Includes 5-6 articles per issue and 30-35 book reviews.

General Editor, William Baker, is a Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies at Hope International University.

The Darling Library has a full run of the print subscription from (vol. 1, no. 1 to present) and provides full access to the online version via the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials in EBSCOhost.

You can get a personal SCJ subscription when you join the Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

National Library Week: A Day Without a Library

How long can you go without a library? Just thinking about their economic value, the Library Research Service published a comparison of studies done on the return on investment value to individual tax payers in different public library systems. California yields one of the highest rates reported.

Check out this Library Value Calculator where anyone can enter the number of times they have availed themselves of various library resources and get an estimate of its monetary value. (You can follow a pop-up link on the bottom of the page to see how the values were calculatedThe amount assigned to each service may be arbitrary but it is a reminder that library resources are not free. Taxpayers, Friends of Libraries, philanthropists, and grants pay for your library privileges. In the case of academic libraries, tuition and fees pay for the library. (Oh, and overdue fines.)

You can probably go a long time without going to a library but libraries are a public good.

Noam Chomsky  in 2015
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Library Quote of the Day

“It is easier to go to the Internet than to go to the library, undoubtedly. But the shift from no libraries to the existence of libraries was a much greater shift than what we've seen with the Internet's development.” Noam Chomsky (

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Bookmobile Day 2017

"Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day (NBD) recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct - delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for life - long learning to Americans of all walks of life."

Read more about bookmobiles
on the American Library Association website.


Library Quote of the Day

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”
Laura Bush (

White House photo by Krisanne Johnson