Christmas and New Year closure

The Gamble Library will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 20th December 2019. It will reopen at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas! Every blessing for 2020.

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PHSI – Lecture and Book Launch

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland will hold the following events in November.

Dr Janice Holmes will give a lecture entitled ‘Clerical families in 19th-century Ulster’ on Thursday 21 November at 8.00pm in McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast. This will explore the domestic world of Ulster’s Presbyterian clergy.

The launch of  Sketches of Irish Presbyterians by Rev Dr William Campbell, with an introductory and biographical essay by Very Rev Dr William Donald Patton, will take place on Thursday 28 November at 2.30pm in the Board Room, Assembly Buildings, Belfast.

Everyone will be made very welcome to both events.

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New titles and editions

We have just changed the new books table. Please come and have a look!

New books table

The global Edwards : papers from the Jonathan Edwards congress held in Melbourne, August 2015 / (ed.) Rhys S. Bezzant. – Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2017 (BYE268 B574)

Narrative apologetics : sharing the relevance, joy, and wonder of the Christian faith / Alister E. McGrath. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2019 (BT1107 M147)

Too much information? Ten essential questions for digital Christians / Andrew Graystone. – Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2019 (BR115.T42 G784)

Working in the presence of God : spiritual practices for everyday work / Denise Daniels and Shannon Vandewarker. – Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2019 (BT738.5 D186)

Luke / (ed.) Beth Kreitzer. – Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2015 (BS2595.3 K92)

Lay empowerment and the development of Puritanism / Francis J. Bremer. – Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (BX9318 B836)

Crossing cultures : preparing strangers for ministry in strange places / Stephen M. Davis. – Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019 (BV2063 D264)

The history of Scottish theology, volume I : Celtic origins to reformed orthodoxy / (eds.) David Fergusson and M. W. Elliott. – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019 (CAL BT20 F354)

Spiritual care for non-communicative patients : a guidebook / Linda S. Golding and Walter Dixon. – London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019 (BV4335 G619)

The works of William Perkins : volume 7 / William Perkins, (eds.) Shawn D. Wright and Andrew S. Ballitch. – Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2019 (BYP4512 P451)

The Fathers of the church : an introduction to the first Christian teachers / Mike Aquilina. – Expanded edn. – Huntingdon, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 2006 (BR67 A656)

Sermons by Jonathan Edwards on the church, volume I : how Christians are come to Mt. Sion / Jonathan Edwards, (eds.) Kenneth P. Minkema, R. Craig Woods and Thomas A. Koontz. – Eugene, Or.: Cascade Books, 2019 (BYE263 E26)

A kirk disrupted : Charles Cowan MP and the Free Church of Scotland / A. Donald MacLeod. – Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2013 (CAL BYC8746 M165)

The Lord’s Supper as a means of grace : more than a memory / Richard C. Barcellos. – Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2013 (BV825 B242)

“A knot worth unloosing” : the interpretation of the new heavens and earth in seventeenth-century England / John H. Duff. – Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019 (BR757 D855)

The Pastoral Epistles / Gerald L. Bray. – London: T&T Clark, 2019 (BS2735.3 B827)

How to write worship songs : resourcing the local church / Joel Payne and Sam Hargreaves. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-16-240)

Forest church : earthed perspectives on the Gospel / Cate Williams. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-12-127)

Going on retreat : how to make the most of time out with God / Liz Hoare. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-13-150)

The man who changed a nation : the life and influence of John Knox 1514-1572 / Alisdair MacLeod-Mair. – London: Protestant Truth Society, 2014 (PAM-201-212)

Why Protestant truth still matters : a biblical perspective / Garry Williams. – London: Protestant Truth Society, 2014 (PAM-201-211)

Basics of Biblical Aramaic : video lectures. A complete course for the beginner / Miles V. Van Pelt. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014 (DVD-40)

The practices of Christian preaching : essentials for effective proclamation / Jared E. Alcántara. – Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019 (BV4210 A347)

Facing cancer standing tall : one Christian’s journey to finding joy / Adrian Adger. – Downpatrick: Adrian and Karen Adger, 2019 (HIB BYA2336 A233)

The Oxford history of Protestant dissenting traditions, volume V. The twentieth century : themes and variations in a global context / (ed.) Mark P. Hutchinson. – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (BX5203.3 H977)

Suffering life’s pain : facing the problems of moral and natural evil / David Gooding and John Lennox. – Belfast: Myrtlefield House, 2019 (BT160 G652)

The service learning book : getting ready, serving well, and coming back transformed / David N. Entwistle. – Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019 (BV2082.S56 E61)

Let the reader understand : studies in honor of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon / (ed.) Edwin K. Broadhead. – London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019 (BS2585.2 B863)

History and eschatology : Jesus and the promise of natural theology / N. T. Wright. – London: SPCK, 2019 (BL180 W952)

Trinity without hierarchy : reclaiming Nicene orthodoxy in evangelical theology / (eds.) Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Academic, 2019 (BT110 B618)


Straight to shelves

A commentary on I Peter / Leonhard Goppelt, (ed.) Ferdinand Hahn and (tr.) John E. Alsup. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1993 (BS2795.3 G659)


Already on loan

Living in union with Christ : Paul’s gospel and Christian moral identity / Grant Macaskill. – Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019 (BS2655.C4 M116)

Interpreting the New Testament : an introduction / Sherri Brown and Francis J. Moloney. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2019 (BS2330 B879)

Protestant nationalists in Ireland, 1900-1923 / Conor Morrissey. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (HIB DA960 M883)

Sport and Christianity : practices for the twenty-first century / (eds.) Matt Hoven, Andrew Parker and Nick J. Watson. – London: T&T Clark, 2019 (GV706.42 H845)

Narrative and drama in the Book of Revelation : a literary approach / Lourdes García Ureña and (tr.) Donald Murphy. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (BS2825.2 G216)

Chaplaincy : a ministry of presence / Matt Sanders. – Carmichael, CA: Matt Sanders, 2016 (BV4375 S215)

Chaplaincy ministry and the mission of the church / Victoria Slater. – London: SCM Press, 2015 (BV4375 S631)

Professional spiritual & pastoral care : a practical clergy and chaplain’s handbook / (ed.) Stephen B. Roberts. – Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2011 (BV4011 R647)

God visible : Patristic Christology reconsidered / Brian E. Daley. – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (BT198 D141)

The Cambridge companion to natural law ethics / (ed.) Tom Angier. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (BJ1001 A588)

Reading Moses, seeing Jesus : how the Torah fulfills its purpose in Yeshua / Seth D. Postell, Etan Bar and Erez Soref. – Expanded 3rd edn. – Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2017 (BT225 P857)

Jeremiah, Lamentations / (ed.) J. Jeffery Tyler. – Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2018 (BS1525.3 T982)

Luke-Acts and Jewish historiography : a study on the theology, literature, and ideology of Luke-Acts / Samson Uytanlet. – Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014 (BS2589.H55 U97)

Johannes Cocceius and the exegetical roots of federal theology : Reformation developments in the interpretation of Hebrews 7-10 / Brian J. Lee. – Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009 (BYC6598 L477)



Luke-Acts / Tremper Longman and David E. Garland. – Revised edn. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2009 (One user copy)

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The new books table has just been changed. Why not get something to read during reading week?

New books table

Theology in a suffering world : glory and longing / Christopher Southgate. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (BT180.G6 S727)

Divine bodies : resurrecting perfection in the New Testament and early Christianity / Candida R. Moss. – New Haven ; London: Yale University Press, 2019 (BT870 M913)

Seven leaders : preachers and pastors / Iain H. Murray. – Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2017 (BX9220 M982)

Thomas Aquinas : spiritual master / Robert Barron. New York, NY: Crossroad, 2008 (BYT4548 B277)

Doing research in the real world / David E. Gray. – 4th edn. – Los Angeles ; London: SAGE, 2018 (H62 G778)

Qualitative research methods / Monique Hennink, Inge Hutter and Ajay Bailey. – Los Angeles ; London: SAGE, 2011 (H62 H517)

Soul friendship : a practical theology of spiritual direction / Nigel Rooms and Adrian Chatfield. – Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2019 (BV5053 C492)

Authentic human sexuality : an integrated Christian approach / Judith K. Balswick and Jack O. Balswick. – 3rd edn. – Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2019 (BT708 B196)

God and Adam : reformed theology and the creation covenant / Rowland S. Ward. – Revised edn. – Lansvale, NSW: Tulip Publishing, 2019 (BT155 W262)

So everyone can hear : communicating church in a digital culture / Mark Crosby. – London: SPCK, 2019 (BV4319 C949)

Sacred Scripture : a short history of interpretation / Richard N. Soulen. – Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009 (BS500 S722)

Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas / (eds.) Matthew Levering and Michael Dauphinais. – Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012 (BYT4548 L661)

The liturgy of creation : understanding calendars in Old Testament context / Michael LeFebvre. – Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019 (BS1199.C3 L489)

Rereading Romans from the perspective of Paul’s gospel : a literary and theological commentary / Yung Suk Kim. – Eugene, OR: Resource publications, 2019 (BS2665.3 K49)

The works of William Perkins : volume 6 / William Perkins, (eds.) Joel R. Beeke and Gerg A. Salazar. – Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018 (BYP4512 P451)

The Puritans on independence : the first examination, defence, and second examination / (eds.) Polly Ha, Jonathan D. Moore and Edda Frankot. – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (BX9333 H111)

Martin Luther’s basic theological writings / Martin Luther, (eds.) William R. Russell and Timothy F. Lull. – 3rd edn. – Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012 (BYL9733 L955)

Five views on the extent of the atonement / Andrew Louth, Matthew Levering, Michael Horton, Fred Sanders and Tom Greggs. – Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 2019 (BT264 L893)

Philosophy of revelation : a new annotated edition / Herman Bavinck, (eds.) Cory Brock and Nathaniel Sutanto. – Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018 (BT127 B354)

Aquinas on the metaphysics of the hypostatic union / Michael Gorman. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (BYT4548 G671)

Against God and nature : the doctrine of sin / Thomas H. McCall. – Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2019 (BT715 M122)

Theology and spirituality in the works of Samuel Davies / Joseph C. Harrod. – Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019 (BYD2578 H323)

Aquinas’s Summa theologiae : a critical guide / (ed.) Jeffrey Hause. – Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (BYT4548 H376)

The reception of Jesus in the first three centuries. Volume one. From Paul to Josephus : literary receptions of Jesus in the first century CE / (ed.) Helen K. Bond. – London: T&T Clark, 2019 (REF BT198 K28)

The reception of Jesus in the first three centuries. Volume two. From Thomas to Tertullian : Christian literary receptions of Jesus in the second and third centuries CE / (eds.) Jens Schröter and Christine Jacobi. – London: T&T Clark, 2019 (REF BT198 K28)

The reception of Jesus in the first three centuries. Volume three. From Celsus to the catacombs : visual, liturgical, and non-Christian receptions of Jesus in the second and third centuries CE / (ed.) Chris Keith. – London: T&T Clark, 2019 (REF BT198 K28)

The plant-based diet : a Christian option? / Mia Smith. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-17-194)

Religious literacy and schools / Gillian Georgiou. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-15-40)

Leading in a second chair : insights for first- and second-chair leaders / Tim Harle. – Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019 (PAM-9-37)

Henry Cooke : an introduction / Ulster-Scots Community Network. – Belfast: Ulster-Scots Community Network, 200? (PAM-200-801)


Straight to shelves

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the first Christians : essays and translations / Robert Eisenman. – Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 2006 (BM487 E36)

The story of theology / R. A. Finlayson. – 2nd edn. – London: Tyndale Press, 1969 (BT20 F512)

The house of God / Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Committee on Church Architecture. – Belfast: Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 195? (PAM-195-474)

Some observations on Vatican Council II / J. K. S. Reid. – Edinburgh: Church of Scotland. Inter-Church Relations Committee, 196? (PAM-196-734)

Homosexuals in the Christian fellowship / D. J. Atkinson. – Oxford: Latimer House, 1979 (PAM-197-701)

Flame 74 : training manual, February – March 1974 / Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Board of Christian Training and Evangelism. – Belfast: Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1974 (PAM-197-703)

Bible correspondence course : unit 1 / Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Christian Training Centre. Belfast: Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 198? (PAM-198-729)

A handbook of faiths : a brief introduction to faith communities in Northern Ireland / Norman Richardson. – [Belfast]: Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum, 2002 (PAM-200-802)

God is love : a simplified and abridged version of Deus Caritas Est, an encyclical letter from Pope Benedict XVI / Desmond O’Donnell. – Blackrock: Columba Press, 2005 (PAM-200-803)

Novo millennio ineunte : apostolic letter / John Paul II. – London: Catholic Truth Society, 2001 (PAM-200-804)

Faith on the edge : religion and marginalized existence / Leonardo Boff and (tr.) Robert R. Barr. – London: Harper & Row, 1989 (ST-07132)

The HarperCollins study Bible : New Revised Standard Version, including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, with concordance / (eds.) Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks and Society of Biblical Literature. – Fully revised and updated edn. – London: HarperOne, 2006 (REF BS185 H293)

The message remix : the Bible in contemporary language / Eugene H. Peterson. – Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2006 (REF BS185 M583)

The RSV interlinear Greek – English New Testament : The Nestle Greek text with a literal English translation / Alfred Marshall. – London: Samuel Bagster and Sons Limited, 1968 (REF BS1965 M367)

The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ : a translation from the Latin Vulgate in the light of the Greek originals / Ronald A. Knox. – London: Burns & Oates, 1961 (REF BS2095.K74)


Already on loan

Metrical Psalmody in print and practice : English ‘singing Psalms’ and Scottish ‘Psalm buiks’, c. 1547-1640 / Timothy Duguid. – London: Routledge, 2014 (ML3131.2 D868)

Swipe up : a better way to do love, sex and relationships / Jason Roach. – Epsom: thegoodbook Company, 2019 (BT708 R628)

Spiritual warfare : a biblical and balanced perspective / Brian S. Borgman and Rob Ventura. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014 (BV4509.5 B733)

Fortress introduction to the Gospels / Mark Allan Powell. – 2nd edn. – Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2019 (BS2556 P885)

Sustainable young adult ministry : making it work, making it last / Mark DeVries and Scott Porter. – Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2019 (BV4446 D514)

The story of creeds and confessions : tracing the development of the Christian faith / Donald Fairbairn and Ryan M. Reeves. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2019 (BT990 F163)

Participating in Christ : explorations in Paul’s theology and spirituality / Michael J. Gorman. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2019 (BS2651 G671)

On solitude, conscience, love and our inner and outer lives / Ron Haflidson. – London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019 (BYA9238 H139)

The culture of theology / John Webster, (eds.) Ivor J. Davidson and Alden C. McCray. – Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2019 (BR118 W381)

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ATLA Databases and eBooks Workshop

An ATLA Databases and eBooks Workshop will take place on Wednesday 16th October at 13:30 in room 3. Contact Library staff to book a place, or email The workshop will cover how to use ATLA’s advanced search to find relevant journal articles and manage results, as well as how to access eBooks.

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Exceptional closure on 11/10/2019@09:55 for 30 mins

Due to exceptional circumstances, the Library will be closed this Friday, 11th October at 09:55 for approximately 30 minutes. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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Libraries week at the Gamble Library

This week, 7-12 October, is national Libraries Week. The theme is Celebrating libraries in a digital world. To remind you of all the digital resources you can access through the Gamble Library a pop-up exhibition is now on in the Library. Everyone is welcome to view the exhibition. Why not take a look at the exhibition and then make use of the digital resources which are available as part of your Library membership? #librariesweek   

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