Friday, November 20, 2015

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Darling Library will close at 5:00pm on Friday, November 20th and remain closed through the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Sunday, November 29th at 2:00pm.

Extended hours will continue through the end of the fall semester, December 11, 2015.

Faculty Publication Highlight: Dr. Carl Toney

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Congratulations to Dr. Carl Toney, Chair, Graduate Ministry Program; Associate Professor of Biblical Studies who was recently published in the 2nd edition of 2 Corinthians in the Word Biblical Commentary series. Besides being involved in editing, he wrote excursus on “2 Corinthians and Rhetorical Criticism,” “The Composition of 2 Corinthians,” and “The Resurrection in 2 Corinthians.”

Martin, Ralph P. 2014. 2 Corinthians. Second edition. Word biblical commentary, 40; Word biblical commentary, v.40. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.

Pastors and students will appreciate this new edition with its up-to-date bibliography and discussion of pertinent issues. In this full revision and update of the book of Second Corinthians, Dr. Ralph P. Martin addresses the scholarly questions about the text of the epistle and the significance of Paul’s thought for Christian living and ministry.

In a penetrating analysis of Paul’s responses to the various crises within the Corinthian congregation, Dr. Martin gives insight into the particular problems of Christianity as expressed in the hedonistic, cosmopolitan setting of Corinth. He shows how Paul’s attempt to clearly distinguish the gospel from Hellenistic Judaism and Hellenistic Jewish Christian ideology results in a moving statement of the Christian message. Rather than the “theology of glory” prevalent in Corinth, Paul articulates his theology of the Cross as a “theology of weakness,” of servanthood and ministry. What was at stake at Corinth, says Dr. Martin, was “nothing less than the essence of the kerygma as in expressed in the way of the cross. . . for proclamation and daily living.” New sections on the Collection and Rhetoric have been added, and the issues of Composition and Social Setting of the letter have been included, along with topics such as the Spirit, the Opponents, Paul's Theology, and the Resurrection in this epistle.

The Word Biblical Commentary series offers the best in critical scholarship firmly committed to the authority of Scripture as divine revelation. It is perfect for scholars, students of the Bible, ministers, and anyone who wants a theological understanding of Scripture. – ZONDERVAN 

It is for sale through the publisher, Zondervan, and places such as

The library has two copies of this second edition on order and should be available for check out soon! (The 1986 edition is currently on the shelves.)

Dr. Carl N. Toney

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving for Lives that Matter

According to American history textbooks, the Thanksgiving holiday is a celebration of cross cultural cooperation between the Pilgrims (infamously seeking religious freedom) and the indigenous people in the area of present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. Clearly, this happy occasion (how ever much of it is based on fact) did not overcome human nature once and for all.

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If you have some down time over the Thanksgiving break, consider challenging yourself with self reflection.

In light of recent events in the United States and the world, questions of our own contributions to the problems and solutions inevitably come up for us.

I recommend a book called, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.

In this book, the reader is challenged to take personal inventory of their own biases through a number of Implicit Association Tests (IAT) developed at Harvard University -- either online at or on paper within the book itself. They point out preferences that we have without realizing that we have them. Many are harmless - most people prefer flowers over insects. But others are troubling.

The Race IAT is one of those. Even those who feel strongly that racism is wrong and work against race related injustices find that they have a preference for white people over black people, for example. This includes the authors, much to their chagrin, and many people of color. They demonstrate over and over again through various case studies that these biases are hard wired into our thinking through wide spread systemic socialization. In other words, it is the water we swim in.

They then ask the question that is most important in my mind, What do we do about it?

I appreciate that they do not suggest that there is a simple answer.

What can I do? I hope that trying to become self-aware of my own hidden (even to me) stereotypes will help to minimize my implicit contribution to societal injustices. I can, at least, try to see some validity in the perception of those who feel so marginalized that they must "act out" to draw attention to their shared experiences. I can join the conversation in humility--starting by listening. I can strive to have compassion rather than to judge. I can remember to pray--on Thanksgiving and every day--that we all will see ways that we contribute to the problems we are concerned about and resolve to do better.

I can recommend this book and wish you a happy Thanksgiving!


Banaji, Mahzarin R., and Anthony G. Greenwald. 2013. Blindspot : Hidden Biases of Good People. New York: Delacorte Press.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Robin Hartman is Director of Library Services at Hope International University. She is curious about how the organization and communication of information shapes society and is committed to equipping students to impact the world for Christ.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Faculty Publication Highlight: Embracing Vulnerability, by Roberto Sirvent

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Embracing Vulnerability: Human and Divine. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014). ISBN: 1625646542


"Roberto Sirvent argues powerfully that the call to imitate God in our actions is incompatible with the idea of divine impassibility found in much Christian philosophy. By exploring the biblical roots of imitatio Dei he demonstrates that it implies a God who can suffer with his creation, as a number of modern theologians have argued. An impassible God is not worth imitating! An important contribution to an ongoing debate, unusual in combining both doctrinal and biblical expertise in a creative way."
--John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

"A new and powerful argument for the passibility of God, as well as an incisive analysis of the concepts of divine love and compassion. A book of spiritual force and intellectual acuteness."
--Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity emeritus, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

"Admirably clear and accessible, Roberto Sirvent's Embracing Vulnerability elegantly marshals an impressive array of resources to demonstrate the dissonance between the doctrine of divine impassibility and the common Judeo-Christian conviction that human beings ought to imitate God. Ambitious in scope yet appropriately circumspect in its claims, the volume deftly delineates the ethical implications for Christians of their conception of God, and thereby calls Christians to think morally about their theology. An insightful and important argument."
--Frederick Simmons, Assistant Professor of Ethics, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

Available for check out from the Darling Library.

Available for purchase from Amazon.

Roberto Sirvent
Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics

Monday, November 09, 2015

New Books - October 2015

A short list of some of the new (print) books added to the (physical) shelves in the Darling Library in October 2015:
  • The Statesman’s Yearbook 2016
  • 2016 Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
  • Market Share Reporter (Vol.1&2)
  • Grover Cleveland, The Man and Statesman
  • A Simplified Guide to BHS (Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia)
  • A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax
  • New Testament Greek, For Beginners
  • A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament
  • Word Study Greek-English New Testament
  • Empires: Egypt’s Golden Empire (Video)
  • Visiting Orange County’s Past
  • Athletic Director’s Desk Reference
  • How Personal Electronic Devices Affect Educational Outcomes
  • Smyth and Helwys Galatians (2 copies)
  • Brazos Theological Psalms 1-50 (2 copies)

Friday, November 06, 2015

Faculty Publication Highlight: One in Christ Jesus

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The Darling Library is pleased to draw attention to two of our Hope International University professors who recently co-edited a Festshrift for Pickwick Publications.

David Matson and K.C. Richardson, editors. One in Christ Jesus: Essays on Early Christianity and "All That Jazz," in Honor of S. Scott Bartchy (Pickwick Publications, 2014) ISBN: 1625641745


Scott Bartchy's many years of scholarship has had a profound impact on the world of learning in relation to sociopolitical and religious power structures in Mediterranean antiquity, social ethics, gender studies, functional Christology, and New Testament theology. The essays, which have been freshly produced and collected in this book, both reflect Bartchy's legacy and underscore why it is that the issues to which he devoted so much of his work will hardly die away. --Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

The editors of this collection have assembled an international team to honor a worthy scholar. In so doing, the contributors have themselves pushed forward our knowledge of the field. The chapters of the Festschrift reflect Bartchy's lifelong interests in ancient slavery, women's rights, and the social-science interpretation of the Bible. This volume advances the conversation in helpful ways. --David A. Fiensy, Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY

I have always been dazzled by Scott Bartchy's brilliance and virtuosity. Now come the writers of One in Christ Jesus to prove my admiration has not been misplaced; this Festshrift's carefully honed, meticulously researched essays reflect these enviable Bartchian traits and more. He has infected the writers with his lifelong drive to discover the truth, the whole inspiring and discomforting truth, about the origins of the Christian faith and its present-day implications. The result is restorative. --LeRoy Lawson, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN

Dr. David Matson,
Professor of Biblical Studies
Dr. K.C. Richardson,
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies


Available for check out from the Darling Library

Available for purchase from Amazon

Monday, November 02, 2015

Newly Published!

Dr. Blair Wilgus, Old Testament professor and Chair of the Online Undergraduate Ministry Program at Hope International University has co-edited a work recently published by Eiesnbrauns.

The prevalence of evil and violence in the world is a growing focus of scholarly attention, especially violence done in the name of religion and violence found within the pages of the Old Testament. Many atheists consider this reason enough to reject the notion of a supreme deity. Some Christians attempt to exonerate God by reinterpreting problematic passages or by prioritizing portrayals of God's nonviolence. Other Christians have begun to respond to violence in the Old Testament by questioning the nature of the text itself, though not rejecting belief in a good God.

Wrestling with the Violence of God: Soundings in the Old Testament is a response to these challenging issues. The chapters in this volume present empathetic, holistic, and methodologically responsible readings of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. Contributors from different nationalities, religious traditions, and educational institutions come together to address representative biblical material that depicts violence. Chapters address explicit portrayals of divine violence, human responses to violence of God and violence in the world, alternative understandings of supposedly violent texts, and a hopeful future in which violence is no more. Rather than attempt to offer a conclusive answer to the issue, this volume constructively contributes to the ongoing discussion. (Eisenbrauns)

The book is on order for the Darling Library and will soon be available for check out. You can get your own personal copy through the publisher:

Wrestling with the Violence of God

Wrestling with the Violence of God
Soundings in the Old Testament
Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement - BBRSup 10
Edited by M. Daniel Carroll R. and J. Blair Wilgus
Eisenbrauns, 2015
Pp. xiii + 178, English
Cloth, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 9781575068282
List Price: $37.50
Your Price: $33.75

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Extended Hours Begin!

The library begins Extended Hours on Sunday, November 1st. We will be open until midnight (instead of 11:00pm) Sunday through Thursday.

Extended Hours:
Sunday - 2:00PM to 12:00AM
Monday - 7:45AM to 12:00AM
Tuesday - 7:45AM to 12:00AM
Wednesday - 7:45AM to 12:00AM
Thursday - 7:45AM to 12:00AM
Friday - 7:45AM to 5:00PM
Saturday - Closed
(Closed Tuesday and Thursday 9:30AM to 10:30AM for small group meetings and Chapel.)

Also, we will be open on Saturday, December 5, 12:00PM to 8:00PM.

For a complete calendar of library hours, go to the library's web page:

And don't forget to turn your clocks back Sunday morning as Daylight Saving Time ends!