Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Dr JC Lamprecht

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6205
Fax: 012 429 4570
E-mail: lamprjc@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BA (1978) (PU for CHE, now NWU)
  • Diploma in Higher Education (1979) (UP)
  • BA (Honns.) Latin (1980) (PU for CHE, now NWU)
  • MA (Latin) (1990) (UNISA)
  • DLitt et Phil (Latin) (1999) (UNISA)

Currently teaching

  • Latin (Short Courses and post-graduate)
  • Classical Culture (under-graduate levels 1-3)
  • Classical Studies (post-graduate)
  • Ancient History (level 1)

Fields of academic interests

  • Patristics
  • Female asceticism
  • Christian Latin Poetry of Prudentius
  • Jonah in Early Christian Latin Literature
  • Early Christian Consolation Literature
  • Christian counselling and Narrative Therapy
  • Blended learning in an ODL context
  • Latin literature

Field of Specialisation

  • Aspects of Greco-Roman Religion
  • Early Christian Latin Church Fathers
  • Classical and Legal Latin
  • Classical (Greco-Roman) Culture: Mythology, Tragedy, Epic, Art and Architecture

Journal articles

  • “Die Aanwending van Metrum in Prudentius se Cathemerinon XII” in Akroterion, June 1987
  • “Impressions of India: A land of contrasts, and the status and life of Indian women.” in Daedalus, Vol 2.2, July 2001.
  • “The Jonah- and Nineveh-exemplum in Aurelius Prudentius Clemens’ Cathemerinon VII (Hymnus Ieiunantium, lines 81-175)” in Acta Patristica et Byzantina, [Vol. 18, 2007, pp.97-119].
  • “Consolation of the Bereaved: Reflections on the Pastoral Care of the Early Church Fathers from a Post-Modern Perspective” in Acta Patristica et Byzantina, [Vol.21.1, 2010, pp. 61-81].
  • “Reading Matthew 6:13a (“Lead us not into temptation”) within the massâh-matrix: biblical and historical literary evidence for a further consideration of the sixth petition in the Lord’s Prayer.” in Journal of Christian History, Vol. 16.3, 2016, pp. 22-42.
  • “St. Jerome’s Letter CVIII to Eustochium: Contemporary biography in Service of Ascetic Ideology.” in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, Vol. 73, Issue 3, 2017.

Book Reviews

  • Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination. The Joan Palevsky Imprint in Classical Literature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. In: The Classical Bulletin 84.1 [pp.160-162].
  • Dykes A., Reading Sin in the World. The Hamartigenia of Prudentius and the Vocation of the Responsible Reader. Pp. xx + 273. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. In: The Classical Review (published Dec 2012)

Paper presentations

Papers read at four biennial Conferences of the Classical Association of South Africa (CASA):   

  • “The application of metre in Prudentius’” Cathemerinon XII” (1987)
  • “The Abortion Dilemma: Sub Sole Nihil Novi?” (1997)
  • “Reflections on Consolation of the Bereaved in the Early Church: Crossing Borders in Pastoral Care and Practice” (2009)
  • “Modern and Post-modern appropriation of Aristotle’s ethical and political theories on eudaimonia.” (2013)
  • 'The shifting roles of wealth and poverty in Jerome's vision of asceticism, as reflected in a selection of his letters and treatises." (2017)

Papers read at the 13th, 14th and 17th UNISA Classics Colloquia:

  • “Man’s quest for happiness and the good life: the role of human activity, capability, fragility … and ultimately – responsibility.” (2012)
  • “The power of ars dicendi in the class-conscious context of ancient Roman (Republican) society.” (2013)
  • "St. Jerome’s Letter CVIII to Eustochium: Contemporary Biography in service of Ascetic Ideology." (2016)

Paper read at the AAPSC Conference in Stellenbosch:

“Consolation of the Bereaved: Reflections on the Pastoral Care of the Early Church Fathers from a Postmodern Perspective”. (2009)

Paper read at the Prayer and Contemplation Conference at NWU in Potchefstroom:

“Biblical and historical literary evidence for a further consideration of Matthew 6:13a – the 6th petition in the Lord’s Prayer.” (2016)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Senior Lecturer in Latin and Classical Studies, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies
  • Member of CASA

Projects

  • Female asceticism in the first four centuries AD
  • The letters of St Jerome
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Ancient Life-writing
  • Develop Short Learning Programmes in Latin