Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

The Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies unit in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies (including Hebrew studies and Judaica) comprises a variety of experts on the Hebrew Bible, Biblical Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Semitics and Judaica, whose aim is to meet  the needs of the South African and International communities through:

  • Context-oriented excellent research on the disciplines which constitute the Department.
  • Dedicated Open Distance Teaching through quality products which are geared at a diverse student constituency.
  • Commitment to be socially-engaged in special and unique ways.

We are happy to welcome any prospective students who wish to benefit from the rich and contextually relevant offerings which we as a Department present.

On account of the merger of the old University of South Africa (Unisa) with the former Technikon SA and the incorporation of the Distance Education wing of Vista (VUDEC), the face of many a department which belonged to the old Unisa had to change.  The then Department of Old Testament which had, since its inception, enjoyed thirty three years of independent existence, was also affected accordingly.  In 2004, the department was joined with the sub-discipline, Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultures, hence its (then) present name, the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. 

On account of further rationalization, the department was joined in 2005 by Semitics, thus bringing in the following three additional disciplines, Classical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew and Judaica. A further merger took place in 2012 when the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies merged with the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies forming the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies.

Modern Hebrew and Judaica were discontinued at the end of 2014 due to rationalization of courses. Classical Hebrew is still offered on first- and second-level - the latter is currently being phased out.

Contact us

NameOfficeTelephone numberE-mail address
Unit leader
Prof N Mtshiselwa TvW 8-120 +27 12 429 4485 mtshivnn@unisa.ac.za
Administrative staff
Mrs HM Rootman TvW 8-128 +27 12 429 4711 roothm@unisa.ac.za  
Mrs LF van Vuuren TvW 8-129 +27 12 429 6812 vvuurlf@unisa.ac.za
Academics
Prof WS Boshoff TvW 8-117 +27 12 429 4527 boshows@unisa.ac.za
Prof EB Farisani (COD) TvW 8-130 +27 12 429 4410 fariseb@unisa.ac.za
Prof IGP Gous TvW 8-116 +27 12 429 4507 gousigp@unisa.ac.za
Prof M le Roux TvW 8-110 +27 12 429 4389

lrouxm1@unisa.ac.za

Prof MJ Masenya TvW 8-112 +27 12 429 4863

masenmj@unisa.ac.za

Dr H Ramantswana TvW 8-82 +27 12 429 2898 ramanh@unisa.ac.za
Prof CLV Scheepers TvW 8-114 +27 12 429 4528 scheeclv@unisa.ac.za
Prof EH Scheffler TvW 8-125 +27 12 429 4711 schefeh@unisa.ac.za
Prof GF Snyman TvW 8-98 +27 12 429 4642 snymagf@unisa.ac.za
Mr NJ van Blerk TvW 8-126 +27 12 429 6095 vblernj@unisa.ac.za
Prof PJ van Dyk TvW 8-125 +27 12 429 3244 vdykpj1@unisa.ac.za
Prof SW van Heerden TvW 8-104 +27 12 429 4687 vheersw@unisa.ac.za
Prof PS Vermaak TvW 8-81 +27 12 429 6882 vermaps@unisa.ac.za
Prof WJ Wessels TvW 8-125 +27 12 429 4463 wessewj@unisa.ac.za

Last modified: 2017/01/17