OT professor Delamarter discovers queen's book

Steve Delamarter

Old Testament Professor Steve Delamarter has come across yet another remarkable find: an illustrated copy of the four Christian Gospels that belonged to a former Ethiopian queen.

Delamarter, who has tracked down more than 900 rare books as the founder and director of the Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project, recently made the discovery while working through a manuscript. In it, he came across a notation that the book was created for Queen Zewditu, who ruled Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930.

The manuscript is owned by Gerald Weiner, a collector from Chicago who has decided to return the book to Ethiopia. Delamarter will take it with him when he returns to the African country this fall.

The Oregonian did a story on Delamarter's find. You can read it here.

The book and other religious texts are on display beween 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays Aug. 1-18 in the school's Murdock Library.

A feature on Delamarter's work with ancient manuscripts appeared in the Spring 2005 George Fox Journal.