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Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religious studies
Director, Spiritual Life Institute

The 33rd Annual Spiritual Life Institute

Illuminated Manuscripts, Scribal Practices, and the Transmission of Scripture
July 6-10, 2015

Faculty members

Dr. Katie Bugyis

KATIE BUGYIS is a Catholic theologian,Church Historian, and an expert on the Benedictine tradition in medieval England. Her PhD dissertation, entitled “Ministers of Christ: Benedictine Women Religious in Central Medieval England,” focuses on the pastoral and liturgical concerns expressed in the textual evidence from Benedictine priories and religious houses from 900 CE to 1200 CE. As a result of her research, Bugyis has succeeded in proving that Benedictine nuns and women religious from the central medieval period participated in a variety of religious activities that are traditionally seen as being the exclusive domain of men (i.e., officiating over the Eucharist, hearing confessions, and forgiving sins). A recipient of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and past recipient of the Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship and the Kaneb Center Excellence in Teaching Awards, Bugyis earned a BA from Notre Dame in 2005, a MA from Yale Divinity School in 2009 and a PhD from Notre Dame in 2015.

Dr. Stephen Delamarter

STEPHEN DELAMARTER has been a scholar of the Old Testament and a theological educator for over thirty-five years. Since 1993 he has been professor of Old Testament at George Fox Evangelical 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 variety of courses, including one called "Cosmology and Spiritual Formation." 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 and thousands more from various churches, libraries and private collections in Ethiopia itself. Delamarter earned a BA from Seattle Pacific University in 1975, a MAR and MDiv at Western Evangelical Seminary in 1979, a MA from Claremont Graduate School in 1984 and a PhD from Claremont Graduate School in 1990.

Dr. Hanna Tervanotko

HANNA TERVANOTKO is a specialist in the Old Testament, Ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Born and raised in Vantaa, Finland, Tervanotko speaks eight modern languages and is fluent in another seven from the ancient world. Although she is currently working on several publication projects related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, (i.e., specifically the evolution of Jewish Sectarianism and divination practices in the ancient world), she recently completed a major research project that explored the biblical character of Miriam across a variety of ancient Jewish texts. Currently a visiting scholar in residence at Yale University, Tervanotko also holds Post Doctoral positions at the Catholic University of Leuven and University of Helsinki. Tervanotko earned a MTh and a PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2003 and 2013 respectively.

Dr. Ian Werrett

IAN WERRETT is the Director of the Spiritual Life Institute and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Martin’s University. An expert on the Hebrew Scriptures, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Ancient Judaism, he has given lectures and presented conference papers in North America, Europe and Israel. He has worked in situ with the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem and is the author of a book entitled Ritual Purity and the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was published by Brill Academic Publishers in 2007. Werrett earned a BA from Saint Martin’s College in 1996, a MA from Trinity Western University in 2000 and a PhD in Biblical Studies and Second Temple Judaism from the University of St Andrews in 2006.