2.9 Distinctive Academic Resources
The Seminary publishes a biannual journal dedicated to the advancement of Christian theological scholarship under the title The Westminster Theological Journal. The journal contains peer-reviewed academic articles and reviews of important literature. The Journal is edited for the Faculty by two of its members and is indexed in a number of international indexes and periodicals. For information about subscriptions, or to read sample articles, please visit the Journal's webpages.
The Montgomery Library is a well-balanced and high-quality library covering all branches of biblical and theological study, as well as related disciplines, with particular strengths in Reformed theology and in biblical interpretation and exegesis. The collection contains over 150,000 volumes and regularly receives approximately 700 periodicals.
The library holds the major collected works of great theological writers including the entire Migne edition of the fathers, the Corpus Christianorum, the Weimar edition of Luther, and the Corpus Reformatorum edition of Calvin, Zwingli, and Melanchthon. In addition, the library has extensive holdings on microfilm and microfiche of early documents and books of the Reformation period, as well as many scholarly periodicals.
The library’s rare book room houses a strong collection of early works on Reformed theology and biblical exegesis. Also located in the rare book room is an extensive collection of Latin, Greek, and English Bibles. Dating from the invention of printing to the present day, this collection was the gift of Mr. L. Paul Dilg.
The library has received valuable portions of the libraries of Professors Robert Dick Wilson, J. Gresham Machen, Caspar Wistar Hodge, Geerhardus Vos, Oswald T. Allis, Edward J. Young, Ned B. Stonehouse, Robert D. Knudsen, and Harvie M. Conn. The late Principal John Macleod of Edinburgh presented 1300 Presbyterian and Reformed classics. There are special collections in memory of the Reverend Frank H. Stevenson, Miss Marguerite Montgomery, the Reverend John H. Thompson, Mrs. Catherine MacLeod Ruby, the Reverend William E. Korn, and the Reverend Professor Paul Woolley.
The library provides access to several electronic databases which supplement the print resources found in the collection. Many of these are available via the EBSCOHost platform. The included databases are:
The library is an institutional member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association, and the American Theological Library Association. Membership in these cooperatives provides Westminster students with access to the resources of Philadelphia area theological libraries.
The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research applies computing and related technology to the study and teaching of the Bible and its original languages. It was formed in 1986 as an outgrowth of ongoing research in the area of the Hebrew Bible and computing at Westminster under the executive direction of Professor J. Alan Groves. In August, 2009, the Groves Center was incorporated as an independent non-profit company in order to more effectively pursue its vision. Currently the Groves Center is led by Dr. Kirk Lowery, President and Senior Research Fellow, who is a Hebraist with skills in both linguistics and computing, and Research Fellow Stephen Salisbury, a software developer with skills in computer science and Hebrew. Additionally, scholars from around the world contribute to this research.
The Groves Center sponsors a seminar in Hebrew text-linguistics. Professor Lowery also offers courses on Hebrew syntax and ancient near eastern languages. The Groves Center also serves as a resource center for the academic research needs of faculty and students in Hebrew and related study. It is noteworthy that the Groves Center participated in some of the earliest attempts at computer-aided instruction for the Hebrew language.
The Groves Center currently has three major projects:
For information about licensing for use in software pages or products, contact Dr. Lowery.
The Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary was founded in 2002. The Center is involved in identifying and indexing the thousands of names that appear in the three volumes of the minutes of the Westminster Assembly, opening a window into the Assembly’s practices in licensing and, on occasion, disciplining ministers. A major resource provided by the Center is Early English Books Online, which allows readers to access in PDF almost every book published in English between 1450 and 1700, making the Center a place for serious study of British and early American Reformed life and thought. Pending future funding, the Center intends to provide for visiting scholars to use the resources and facilities of the Center, and develop an interactive web site dealing with the Westminster Assembly and the Westminster Standards. For further information, please contact the Director of the Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards or visit the Center's webpages.
The SaRang Korean Mission Center is an outgrowth of Westminster’s relatively long history with the Korean church in training a significant number of Korean pastors, ministry leaders, and theologians. Created in 2001, the Center exists to advance research and academic discussion on the past, present, and future of the Korean church, via visiting scholars and workshops. Under the direction of Steve Park, the Center has recently digitized the Bruce Hunt Archives, a collection of thousands of photographs and Korean and English manuscripts documenting two generations of Korean missions. For further information, please contact the Director of the SaRang Korean Mission Center.
Theological writing is an important means of learning and evaluating learning at seminary, and it plays a vital part in Christian ministry after graduation. The Center for Theological Writing (CTW) supports Westminster students by equipping them with the tools to write clearly, correctly, cogently, and profoundly. To carry out this mission, the CTW publishes numerous online and print resources about theological writing, holds weekly workshops open to all matriculated Westminster studentsm, into addition to the semi-annual Research & Writing Orientation event at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Through CTW’s one-on-one consultation service, students receive individual feedback on rhetoric, logic, grammar, writing style, and citation. Specialized instruction is also available for ESL students as well as returning and mid-career students. Faculty members may require those whom they identify as needing work on specific aspects of writing to receive tutoring at the CTW. Please visit the Center for Theological Writing on the Westminster website for details.