The Junius Institute is digitizing rare books from Calvin College & Meeter Center. Phase I: 60 works of Reformed theologians ca. 1589-1775.
The Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary has started a digitization initiative in partnership with Hekman Library and the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies.
Phase I: 60 Reformed Works ca. 1589-1775
Phase I of our digitization initiative emphasizes the exegetical, systematic, catechetical, and philosophical writings of Reformed theologians and pastors from across Europe during the period from 1589-1775; from the period of confessional orthodoxy to the late Enlightenment. These works are important intellectual landmarks today for scholars, theologians, pastors, and students who want to understand the theological and philosophical perspectives that shaped early modern Europe and still have relevance for their contemporary theological and philosophical contexts. For example, the English Puritan, William Ames, not only influenced Reformed theology and American Christianity through his writings and students, but served as a significant theological advisor at the Synod of Dordt. Besides systematic and catechetical writings, many of the works below address issues of church government, congregational life, pastoral matters, and personal piety. Also, there are a number of works that engage specific issues of controversy within a particular church context.
These 60 works represent approximately 1% of the rare book titles in the collections of Hekman Library and the Meeter Center. In partnership with these institutions, this digitization project will provide high quality images and an engaging online user experience as well as downloadable files free to the public under a Creative Commons License. With your support, we will begin systematically digitizing these works in the following stages, outlined below. Each stage represents a transnational community of pastors and theologians from the era. These stages seek to strike a balance between the work load involved, topical variety, and sizes of the works, as well as the condition of the books themselves. The stages include an estimate for the works included and the author, title, publication date, and page count for each work. For each stage, we have included a cost and time estimate to digitize, process, perform quality control measures, and digitally present these works online; also included is a brief statement regarding the works in each stage.
Stage 1 (estimated 7 weeks, $7,500)
Works by William Ames, Guy de Bres, Johannes Cloppenburg, Pierre Du Moulin, Franciscus Junius, Sibrandus Lubbertus, Georg Sohn, Willem Teelinck, and Girolamo Zanchi
Stage 2 (estimated 7 weeks, $7,800)
Works by Giovanni Diodati, John Edwards, Melchior Leydekker, Samuel Rutherford, Martinus Schoock, Gijsbert Voet, Antonius Walaeus, Petrus de Witte, William Twisse, Cornelius van Velzen, Francis Roberts, Herman Witsius, Amandus Polanus von Polansdorf, Elnathan Parr, Johannes van den Honert, and John Gill
Stage 3 (estimated 9 weeks, $8,200)
Works by Gijsbert Voet, Jacobus Trigland, André Rivet, William Perkins, Johannes Melchior, and Wilhelmus à Brakel
Stage 4 (estimated 7 weeks, $7,500)
Works by Friedrich Spanheim, Bernhard de Moor, Johannes Hoornbeeck, John Gill, and Jean Daille
Stage 5 (estimated 5 weeks, $6,300)
Works by Andreas Essenius, Aegidius Francken, Johannes à Marck, and Petrus van Mastricht
Because of its unique digitization process, the Junius Institute will digitize these works in a more cost-effective method. Publicly funded digitization projects of comparable size and page counts utilize up to eight times the funding for their digitization processes than we do. This means that we are able to leverage donated funds to maximal effectiveness. We also utilize a crowd-funding mechanism that accepts donations of any size. That way, donors of whatever means can choose to underwrite a portion of a book, an entire book, a set of volumes, an author, or even a whole stage. It's up to you. Just as Reformation-era scholars, bible translators, and pastors depended on the support of generous and far-sighted patrons, so we depend upon you to help us reach an international community of scholars, pastors, and students.
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Digitized works will be integrated into the Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL).
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