Theological Libraries Month Lectureship Series

The American Theological Library Association has designated October as Theological Libraries Month. The Seminary Library, Andrews University, participates in this initiative by holding a special lecture series.

2010, October 5

Abraham Terian, Ph.D. “The Hidden Library of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, Armenia.”

The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, Armenia, houses the world’s largest collection of ancient manuscripts, approximately 20,000. These represent nearly the full range of the early Christian heritage in the East.  Terian will discuss the most interesting works preserved there and their significance for the study of early Christianity.

Abraham Terian, PhD, is professor emeritus of Armenian Theology at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, N.Y. Before coming to St. Nersess in 1997, he was professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures for 20 years at various universities in the U.S. and abroad, including the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary from 1975–1994, and for four years as a recurring visiting professor for both Classical Armenian and Hellenistic Judaism at the University of Chicago. Terian is an internationally recognized scholar in these fields. In 2005, he became the first recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award by the Fulbright Foundation, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) of the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S.–Israel Educational Foundation (US–IEF). In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

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2011, October 18

Nancy Vyhmeister, Ed.D. “The Surprising International Theological Library: Challenges and Opportunities.”


Nancy Vyhmeister: Raised in South America, married to a Chilean, mother of two, grandmother of three. Now semi-retired in Yucaipa, California. Teaching:  Since 1960, helping to prepare future church workers in Chile, Argentina, Philippines, United States, on a long-term basis. Short term teaching in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru; India, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan; Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe. Formal editorial work: Associate editor, Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary in Spanish, 1972-1989; Andrews University Seminary Studies, 1991-2000; Associate editor,  Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, 2000; Always Prepared, co-edited with H. M. Rasi, 2011 (in press). Thesis guidance and editing: In English, Spanish, and French, MA, DMin, PhD. Theological librarianship: Andrews University, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines, plus consulting for other international libraries Books authored: Quality Research Papers, 2001 and 2008, Zondervan; Manual de investigación teológica, 2009, Vida; Gramática básica del griego del Nuevo Testamento, 1968, 1980; with LilianSchmid Padilla, 2010, Adventus.

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