Lecture | The Social Lives of the Ethiopian Psalter

The Social Lives of the Ethiopian Psalter

A lecture by Professor Steve Delamarter, George Fox University
Thursday, October 4th, 2018 • 4:00 p.m.
Knight Library, Special Collections & University Archives Kesey Classroom

Dr. Delamarter will discuss his efforts in quantitative codicology, looking at about 1,600 Ethiopian Psalters to identify chronological and geographic developments in book culture. He will also spend time assisting the Special Collections Department with cataloging its holdings of Ethiopian manuscripts.


An Old Testament scholar and a theological educator since 1979, Professor Delamarter has facilitated learning in several Christian colleges and seminaries. Since 1993, he has been professor of Old Testament at Portland Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A fellow of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Religion (’03-’05), Delamarter has an interest in the integration of science and faith and teaches a course on “Cosmology and Spiritual Formation.”

In addition to being an amateur astronomer, Delamarter is an amateur musician, and has a small recording studio in his home. In recent years his research interests have focused on the digitization and cataloguing of more than 600 Ethiopic manuscripts that have come to North America.

Professor Delamarter has focused his research and writing on the Digitization and Cataloguing of Ethiopian Manuscripts, The Dead Sea Scrolls, Scribal Practices in Sacred Texts, Canonical Criticism, and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. He is currently co-chair (with Brent Strawn of Emory University) of the Society of Biblical Literature section on the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Creation Theology, and True and False Prophecy. In addition to being an amateur astronomer, Delamarter is an amateur musician, and has a small recording studio in his home. In recent years his research interests have focused on the digitization and cataloguing of more than 600 Ethiopic manuscripts that have come to North America.​

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