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Pitts Theology Library will be closed along with the Candler School of Theology’s Rita Anne Rollins Building from Good Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20 in observance of Easter. ¬†We will re-open with our regular semester hours at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 21. Read More »

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The Printer's Device: An Exhibit in the Durham Reading Room

The “Printer’s Device” exhibit explores the changing form of the Biblical text in the 15th and 16th centuries, focused particularly on the separation of verses by Robert Estienne (1503-1559; a.k.a. Stephanus). On display are rare items in the Pitts Theology Library’s Special Collections that help to place Estienne’s introduction of verses within the context of the development of the Bible as a critical text in the period of the Protestant Reformation. The separation of verses was a means to larger scholarly and theological ends: the ability to create an “original text,” to translate this text sufficiently, and to interpret the text properly in light of its historical, cultural, and philological context. Looking at Bibles before and during Estienne’s prolific career develops an appreciation for the way in which changes in scholarship and changes in the text mutually enable one another.

To learn more about the exhibit, or to download a Reader's Guide to the exhibit, click here.