First Fruits Press
just one way the B.L. Fisher Library is spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world
Under the auspices of B.L. Fisher Library, First Fruits Press is an online publishing arm of Asbury Theological Seminary (ATS). The goal is to make academic material freely available to scholars worldwide, and to share rare and valuable resources that would not otherwise be available for research. The Press publishes in four distinct areas: heritage materials, books, journals, and papers.
First Fruits Press
- an online publishing arm of Asbury Theological Seminary
- includes heritage materials, books, journals, papers
- academic material made freely available to researchers worldwide
Heritage materials incorporate works for which the Seminary owns copyright; in his will, H.C. Morrison, the founder and first president of the Seminary, left his Pentecostal Publishing Company to ATS. These writings include a catalog of nearly 500 titles of early works on holiness and sanctification, including sermons, spiritual biographies, and theological works. Most of this material is difficult to find in the original print version. First Fruits will offer the key works from this rare collection as electronic resources.
Books will include out of print publications by faculty who own the rights to their works.
In the Journals section, back issues of The Asbury Journal will be digitized and so made available to a global audience. At the same time, we are excited to be working with several faculty members on developing professional, peer-reviewed, online journals that would be made freely available.
The Papers section will allow faculty and students to present unpublished professional papers. This portion will include the Occasional Bibliographic Papers of B.L. Fisher Library.
Much of this endeavor is made possible by the recent gift of the Kabis III scanner, one of the best available. The scanner can produce more than 2,900 pages an hour and features a special book cradle that is specifically designed to protect rare and fragile materials. The materials it produces will be available in eBook format, easy to download and search.
First Fruits Press will enable the library to share scholarly resources throughout the world, provide faculty with a platform to share their own work and engage scholars without the difficulties often encountered by print publishing. All the material will be freely available for online users, while those who wish to purchase a print copy for their libraries will be able to do so. First Fruit Press is just one way the B.L. Fisher Library is fulfilling the global vision of Asbury Theological Seminary to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.