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BookTALK: PTS Faculty Series

This guide contains resources that complement the Faculty Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library.

Library & Online Resources

Edith Humphrey

Dr. Edith M. Humphrey is the William F. Orr Professor Emerita of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, retiring in 2021. Prior to her service at PTS, she taught at several colleges and universities in Canada, and was professor of Scripture at Augustine College, Ottawa, Canada, from 1997-2002, where in her final year she served as dean. She earned her bachelor’s (with honors) from Victoria University (University of Toronto) and received her doctorate from McGill University, Montreal, where she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. The author of numerous articles on the literary and rhetorical study of the Bible, she has also written eight books: Further Up and Further In: Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology (St. Vladimir’s Press, 2017), Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says (Baker Academic, 2013); Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven (Brazos, 2010); And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2007); Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Eerdmans, 2005); the Sheffield Guide to Joseph and Aseneth (Continuum/Sheffield, 2000); The Ladies and the Cities: Transformation and Apocalyptic Identity in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, the Apocalypse and The Shepherd of Hermas (Sheffield, 1995); and Beyond the White Fence (Ancient Faith, 2021).

In her popular writing she has addressed such subjects as the Jesus Seminar, the Trinity, sexuality and the human person, music and theology, the authority of Scripture within the Great Tradition, and Christian spirituality. Humphrey is a also co-author, along with other members of the Primate’s Theological Commission (Anglican Church of Canada), of a series of theological workbooks for congregational use, titled Wrestling with God. She is currently working on two research projects: Mediation and The Immediate God and the reading of the Church fathers on justification language in St. Paul’s letters. An active member of the Orthodox Church (attending St. George’s Antiochian Church, Oakland), she retains strong ties with friends in various denominations, and is a well-known as a popular speaker at church retreats, ecumenical conferences, and seminary events. An accomplished musician who was the musical director and organist at St. George’s Anglican Church in Ottawa, she now helps with her parish choir and plays oboe in the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band. She and her husband, Chris, have three grown daughters and 20 grandchildren.

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Library Resources by Subject

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The links below will take you to either (which supports local bookstores) or, where you can purchase the book.

Burns, Terry and Linda Yezak. Writing in Obedience - A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers. Raleigh, NC: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2014.

Eager, Edward. Knight's Castle. New York, NY: Clarion Books, 2016.

Gerke, Jeff. The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction: The Complete Guide to Finding Your Story, Honing Your Skills, and Glorifying God in Your Novel. Blue Ash, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 2014.

Hein, David. C. S. Lewis and Friends: Faith and the Power of Imagination. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011.

Hein, Rolland. Christian Mythmakers: C. S. Lewis, Madeline l'Engle, J. R. R. Tolkien, George Macdonald, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, Dante Alighieri. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1998.

James, P.D. Children of Men. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1992.

Kotar, Nicholas. The Song of the Sirin. Waystone Press, 2017.

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. New York, NY: Square Fish, 2012.

Lewis, C. S. An Experiment in Criticism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Lewis, C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1994.

Lewis, C. S. On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1982.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. London, England: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007.

Vodolazkin, Eugene. Laurus. London,  England: Oneworld Publications, 2015.

Williams, Charles. War in Heaven. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1930.

Books in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only.

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The articles below without links are not available in the Barbour Library journal collection - please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies of these.

Mattix, M. (2010). “On Christian Literature,” Comment, 3 December 2010, article/on-christian-literature/.

Tolkein, J. R. R. "On Fairy Stories." Calvary Georgetown Divide Accessed 3 November 2021.

Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Daigle, M. A. (1985). "Dante’s Divine Comedy and C S Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles.Christianity and Literature34(4), 41–58.

Elie, P. (2012). “Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?” New York Times Book Review, 23 December 2012, 15.

Griesinger, E. (2002). "Harry Potter and the “Deeper Magic”: Narrating Hope in Children’s Literature." Christianity and Literature51(3), 455–480.

Madueme, H. and Barham, R.E. (2021).  "Stories that Gleam like Lightning: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Fiction." Themelios, 46(2), 375-390.

Read, P. P. (2016). "What the Novelist Knows." First Things267, 33–38.

Spufford, F. (2017). "Christian Fiction after Christendom: Three Ways of Writing Faith." Christian Century, 134(21), 12-13.

Book display

Below, you'll find a list of Barbour Library books that were used in a book display to complement Dr. Humphrey's Book Talk. Feel free to download it and use it to find more resources!