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David E. Schmersal

Reference and Digital Services Librarian

DavidSchmersal

Contact Information

dschmersal@smu.edu
214-768-7379

Education

M.L.S., University of Arizona, 2010
M.T.S., Regent College, 2007
B.A., Trinity Bible College, 2003

Research Interests

biblical studies, biblical languages, exegesis, ancient and medieval history, Second Temple Judaism, church history, Byzantium, patristics, pneumatology, Christology, art history

About Me

I suspect that had I lived in another era, I may have become a monk. I love high church liturgy and one of the great joys of my life is studying the scriptures in the original languages, even if it is painfully slow because I have to look up every other word and spend 10 minutes pulling my hair out trying to parse one **** verb. Thank you so much, author of Hebrews, whoever you were. Maybe monkery would have been a struggle at times, but I can think of no better way to spend my days than connecting others with the ongoing theological scholarly conversation in such a beautiful, quiet, and contemplative environment. When away from the library, I enjoy reading (duh) and have rather eclectic tastes, running from Roman history to David Foster Wallace. If pressed against a wall and forced to do so, I would name A Canticle for Leibowitz as my favorite book, or at least favorite novel. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains that we do not have here in DFW, camping with my kiddo, baking cookies, going to museums (especially art museums), and good coffee.

Favorite Quote

"Never, never, never, never, never, never give up." ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Favorite Song

Beethoven's 6th, though The Civil War's "Poison and Wine" is the best love song of all time, IMHO

Favorite Color

Blue. No! Yelllllooooow (actually, blue)