Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof CL van Wyk Scheepers

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Tel: 012 429 4528


  • 1973 - BA (University of Pretoria)
  • 1977 - BD (University of Pretoria)
  • 1978 - Diploma in Theology (University of Pretoria)
  • 1983 - Diploma in Farm management (University of South Africa)
  • 1988 - DTh (University of South Africa)

Fields of academic interests

  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
  • Historiography of Israel/Palestine.
  • Geography of the Biblical World.
  • History of South Africa (1810-1860).

Field of Specialisation

  • Iron Age period of Palestine and the Ancient Near East.
  • Archaeology of Jerusalem, Old and New Testament periods.
  • Late Bronze and Iron Age Hazor.
  • Socio-cultural world of the Bible.


  • 1990. Tell excavation in Israel. Biblia Publishers: Menlo Park, Pretoria. (Reprinted in 2008)
  • 2000. (Co-author) From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through Ancient Israel. Biblia Publishers: Menlo Park, Pretoria.

Book chapter:

  • 2000. “History in stone” in E H Scheffler (ed.), Fascinating discoveries from the biblical world. Biblia Publisher: Menlo Park, Pretoria.

Journal articles

1982. "The development of hydraulic technology in ancient Israel during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages." Old Testament Essays 2.1:133-151.

1990. "A methodological debate in Biblical Archaeology." Old Testament Essays 3.3:325-339.

1995. "‘n Nuwe model vir die interpretasie van argeologiese data." GEG.

2006. "An archaeological investigation into the production of olive oil in Israel/Palestine during the Iron Age I and II." Journal for Semitics 15.2.

2006. "Olive oil industry at Ekron and co-existence under New Assyrian dominion: a socio-economic model for South Africa." Journal for Semitics 15.2.

2010. "Ethnicity, Cultural diversity and Poverty in South Africa: Archaeological perspectives from Iron Age Palestine." Old Testament Essays 23.1.

2010. "Living conditions in the Central Hill-Country of Ancient Israel: Survival lessons for South Africans living in rural areas." Journal for Semitics 10.1.

2010. "The effect of Neo-Assyrian non-interference policy on the Southern Levant: An archaeological investigation." Old Testament Essays 23.2.

2014. "White “Afrikaner” memory of the Covenant and the battle at Ncome/Blood river on 16 December 1838: stumbling block for reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa." Theologia Viatorum. Vol. 38-2-2014

Articles in non-accredited journals:

1999. “Method and theory in Biblical Archaeology today” in the journal: Wiener Alttestamentliche Studien. Festschrift für George Sauer sum 70 Geburtsdag.

2015. The memory of Ncome/Blood river 16 December 1838: Does it contribute to reconciliation in South Africa today. Msunduzi Journal, A journal of the Msunduzi (Incorporating the Voortrekker Complex) and Ncome Museums.