Princeton, NJ, August 21, 2013– Princeton Theological Seminary’s Department of History and Ecumenics and the new Seminary library will cosponsor a lecture by Dr. Peter Brown on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Theron Room of the new library. Brown, the Rollins Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, will speak on the topic “Alms, Labor, and the ‘Holy Poor’: Early Monasticism between Syria and Egypt.” The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

peter brownSeminary President M. Craig Barnes will welcome guests and will introduce Dr. Brown.  Following the lecture there will be refreshments and an opportunity to look around the library. “We are delighted to welcome Peter Brown, distinguished historian and good neighbor to the Seminary, as we also welcome the community to our new library,” Barnes said. “His lecture concerns an historical era he himself helped define, namely, ‘late antiquity,’ to mark the crucial transition from early to medieval church history.”

Brown is a renowned scholar and historian, a graduate of Oxford University, and served on the faculties of the University of London and the University of California at Berkeley before joining the Princeton faculty in 1986. His principal concern is the rise of Christianity and the transition from the ancient to the early medieval world.

Brown is currently working on the problems of wealth, poverty, and the shift from an ancient to a medieval view of society.

Among his many honors, Brown is a fellow of the British Academy, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded the Kluge Prize of the Library of Congress in 2008.

The Seminary’s new library, located on Mercer Street on the site of the former Speer Library, opened in summer. 

For more information on the event, please contact Dr. Paul Rorem, Princeton Seminary’s Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.