Van Kampen reference collection is a continually evolving entity.
Its goal is the acquisition of relevant reference materials necessary
for research on the Collection's original source holdings, and for
the study and understanding of the biblical text. The Nestle Library
itself (see below) contains a comprehensive core of reference works
dating to the early twentieth century, and in recent years this
invaluable resource has been significantly augmented by secondary
resource holdings in books, microform, CD-ROM, and over 45 periodicals.
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diligent search for both modern and classical reference texts is
done with the aim of developing a truly comprehensive biblical reference
library. Today the reference holdings include the standard bibliographical
tools for manuscripts and printed books, as well as a strong representation
of modern biblical exegesis, works on the book arts, historical
and lexicographical references, and the entire Greek and Latin Loeb
Classical Library. The reference collection also includes nearly
complete sets of rare book catalogues from Sotheby's and Christie's
of New York and London, spanning the years 1980 to the present.
Resources in microform and CD-ROM include the Patrologiae Graeco-Latina
and Graeca, the Dead Sea Scrolls Archive, the Thesaurus
Lingua Graecae, and American Book Prices Current.
its reference collection, The Scriptorium houses the working library
of renowned German Biblical scholar Eberhard Nestle (1851-1913),
an accomplished linguist and author of several grammars of ancient
Eastern languages. Primarily specializing in biblical textual criticism,
Nestle published several critical editions of the Book of Psalms
and edited two editions of the Septuagint. Later, he turned his
energies to the New Testament and published a celebrated critical
text of the Greek New Testament in 1898. The British and Foreign
Bible Society adopted Nestle's Greek text in 1904, overturning a
tradition that tenaciously held to an uncritical and inferior edition
known as the textus receptus (an expression borrowed from the preface
of the second Elsevier edition of the New Testament, Leiden, 1633).
Nestle's text was re-edited by his son, Erwin, and is currently
in its 27th edition. It is the working text of scholars and students
of the Greek New Testament.
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his lifetime, Nestle built an extensive library which contains both
rare, early editions and contemporary reference tools pertaining
to his work. The library consists of over 4,500 books, pamphlets,
journals, and offprints as well as personal papers. Through arrangements
made by scholars Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson, Nestle's library
was given to Westminster College, Cambridge, in 1914. It was purchased
for the Van Kampen Collection in early 1996.
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