Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof EB Farisani

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Tel: 012 429 4410
Fax: 012 429 4570


  • PhD Old Testament Studies (UKZN, 2002)

NRF Rating


Fields of academic interests

  • Hebrew Bible
  • Biblical Hebrew

Field of Specialisation

  • African Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Persian period
  • Monarchic period


Book chapters:

  • Farisani, E B. 2010. Obadiah, in Page, H R(ed). Biblia Africana. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, pages 180-182.
  • Farisani, E B. 2010.  Micah, in Page, H R.(ed). Biblia Africana. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, pages 189-193.
  • Farisani, E B. 2012. The Post-Exilic Motif  in Mugambi’s Theology of Reconstruction, in Mwase, I M T and Kamaara, E K (eds). Theologies of Liberation and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of Professor J.N.K. Mugambi. Acton: Nairobi, pages 198-223.
  • Farisani, E B. 2012. Ideology, History and Translation Theories: A critical Analysis of the Venda Bible Translation of 1 Kings 21:1-16, in Dube,  M W; Mbuvi, A M and Mbuwayesango, D R(eds). Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations. Atlanta: SBL, 199-217.
  • Farisani, E B. 2012. The Ideologically Biased Use of Ezra-Nehemiah in a Quest for an African Theology of  Reconstruction, in Dube,  M W; Mbuvi, A M and Mbuwayesango, D R (eds). Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations. Atlanta: SBL, 331-347.

Journal articles

  • Farisani, E. B. 2010. "The Impact of the New Policy Developments in Higher Education on Theological Education."  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae  36 (Supplement), 287-303.
  • Farisani, E. B. 2010. "The Ethnic Tensions between the Edomites and the Israelites in Obadiah." Journal for Semitics 19/2 (2010).
  • Farisani E. B. 2010. "Kuhumbulele, Ḓivhazwakale na Mahumbulwa a Ṱhalutshedzelo: U Saukanya ho Dzhenelelaho ha 1 Dzikhosi 21:1-16 Bivhilini ya Tshivenḓa." Old Testament Essays 23(3), 597-626.
  • Farisani E. B. 2010. "Black Biblical Hermeneutics and Ideologically Aware Reading of Texts." Scriptura 105, 507-518.
  • Farisani, E. B., 2011, "‘Kanegelo ya Nimirode: Re lebelela diphihlelelo tša gagwe ka lefsa’," Verbum et Ecclesia 32(1), Art. #479, 9 pages (online).
  • Farisani, E. B. 2012. "The Use of African Indigenous Languages in the Teaching and Learning of Biblical Hebrew." Old Testament Essays 25(3), 500-517.
  • Farisani, E. B. 2015. "The Naboth Vineyard Story and Poverty Alleviation." Theologia Viatorum 39(1), 62-87.
  • Farisani, E. B. 2013. "Ditlhohlo tše Malutere a Borwa bja Afrika a lebanego natšo." Verbum et Ecclesia 34(1), 5 pages (online). DOI: 10.4102/ve.v34i1.710
  • Farisani, E. B. 2014. "A Dialogue between The Africana Bible (Fortress, 2010) and the Africa Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2006) on Ezra-Nehemiah," Old Testament Essays 27(3), 879-895.
  • Farisani, E. B. 2014. "Interpreting the Bible in the Context of Apartheid and Beyond: An African Perspective." Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40(2), 207-225.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Society of Biblical Literature, member
  • American Academy of Religion, member
  • Old Testament Society of South Africa, member
  • South African Society of Near Eastern Studies, member


  • Salvation in Romans: Luther's Reception and Its Relevance for South African Lutherans
  • Bible translation
  • The Role of African Languages in Biblical Hermeneutics