Camels at rest

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Bamboo Plantation in Nanking (Nanjing, China). Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection

Bamboo Plantation in Nanking (Nanjing, China). Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

 Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue) campus from the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China)

View of the Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue) campus from the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China).

Chinese Street View

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Floatplane on the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China)

Floatplane on the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China). The photograph was taken by a  student as part of final exams at Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue).

Karl Ludvig Reichelt's notes on Chinese religion

Detail of a manuscript page of the handbook Kinas religioner. Haandbok i den kinesiske religionshistorie (1913 and 1922), by the Norwegian missionary and religious scholar Karl Ludvig Reichelt (1877-1952). Digital copy of an original preserved in the library of the Tao Fong Sghan Christian Centre (道風山基督教叢林), founded by Reichelt in 1930 in Shatin, Hong Kong. 

Yenching University Students Perform As You Like It (August 1, 1930)

In this photograph dated August 1, 1930, two Yenching University students act in a school performance of As You Like It. The Yale Divinity Library holds a large amount of documents and images related to Yenching University, as part of the Archives of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA).

Victor Animatograph glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection

Victor Animatograph glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

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Recent Acquisitions

RG 305 Andover Newton Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection

The recently processed collection consists of sixteen Oxyrhynchus Papyri items. The most notable papyrus fragment (Oxy. P. 1230) relates to the New Testament text of Revelations 5,6. Other items include poetical and prose fragments, orders, contracts, receipts, letters, and a prayer. The items date from the 1st century to the 6th century. The Oxy. P. 1230 item is Papyrus 24 in the Gregory-Aland numbering system. It is a papyrus manuscript of the Book of Revelation, which contains only Revelation 5:5-8; 6:5-8. The manuscript paleographically has been assigned to the early 4th century.

Link to Finding Aid: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.305

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In Focus

Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

The Library now subscribes to the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

This online resource focuses on the history of early Christianity up to 600 CE and provides a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies, covering iconography, martyrology, theological traditions, and cultic phenomenon.

This exhibit draws on the holdings of the Divinity Library’s Day Missions Collection to illustrate methods of spreading the Christian message through evangelization, educational work, medical work, public health activities, relief work, translation, literature distribution, and so forth. On view until August 30, 2019.