Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof EH Scheffler

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Tel: 012 429 4524


  • DD (UP, 1988).
  • BD (UP, 1976).
  • BA Honours (Greek and Semitic Languages) (UP, 1975).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Theology (1978).
  • Psychology III, Non-Degree purposes.

Fields of academic interests

  • Old Testament.
  • New Testament.
  • Biblical Archaeology.

Field of Specialisation

  • The Bible and poverty
  • The Bible and sexuality
  • The history and archaeology of ancient Israel
  • The historical Jesus
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • The psychological interpretation of the Bible
  • The archaeology of the Biblical World
  • The Pentateuch
  • Song of Songs
  • Luke-Acts
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • The Bible and ecology
  • Christianity and other faiths


Select book chapter:

  • 2016. Albert Schweitzer and the historical Jesus: Reflecting on some misconceptions. Pages 189-217 in Izak Spangenberg & Christina Landman (eds), The legacies of Albert Schweitzer reconsidered. Aosis: Durbanville.

Journal articles

2011. (The Matthean and Marcan) Jesus appropriation and criticism of the Torah: The question of divorce. HTS 67.

2011. Pleading poverty (Or: Identifying with the poor for selfish reasons­): On the ideology of Psalm 109. OTE 24 (1), 192-207.

2011. Luke’s view of poverty in ancient (Roman) economic context: A Challenge for today. Scriptura 106, 115-135.

2011. Reflecting on Paul’s (non-)use of the Old Testament in the letter to the Romans. Scriptura 109.

2012. Poverty in the book of Proverbs: Looking from above? Scriptura 111.

2013. The assaulted (man) on the Jerusalem-Jericho road: Luke’s creative interpretation of 2 Chronicles 28:15. HTS Theological Studies 69/1, 1-8, 2013.

2013. Poverty eradication and the Bible in context: a serious challenge. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 24:129-153.

2013. Jericho: From archaeology challenging the canon to searching for the meaning(s) of myth(s), HTS 69(1):1-8

2013, Of poverty prevention in the Pentateuch as a continuing contemporary challenge, Verbum et Ecclesia 34(2), Art. #869,

2014. Empathy for the psychological underdog: A positive psychological approach to Luke’s Gospel. HTS 70 (1) 1-8.

2014. Reflecting on (non-)violence in the book of Deuteronomy in (Old Testament) canonical context. OTE 27(2), 579-596.

2014. Celebrating the celebration of sexuality in Song of Songs. JSEM 23 (2ii), 885-909.

2015. Reflecting on Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness from a positive psychological perspective.  HTS 71 (1).

2015. The poor in the psalms: A variety of views. Verbum et Ecclesia 36 (1).

2015. The historical Jesus as “Peacemaker” between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Neotestamentica 49 (2).

2016. Putting Qumran, Jesus and his movement into relief. HTS 74 (4).

2016. Vyandsliefde of geweld: Oor die politiek van die historiese Jesus. Acta Theologica 63 (2), 92-124.

2016. Caring for the needy in the Acts of the apostles. Neotestamentica 50 (3).

2017. Royal Care for the Poor in Israel’s First History: The Royal Law (Dt.17:14-20) Hannah’s Song (1 Sam 2:1-10), Samuel’s Warning (1 Sam 8:10-18), David’s Attitude (2 Sam 24:10-24) and Ahab and Naboth (1 KI 21) in Intertext. Scriptura 116.2.

2017. Reflecting on Jesus’ teaching on humility from a positive psychological perspective. Neotestamentica 51.1.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Member of SBL, OTSSA, NTSSA.
  • Co-Chair of Psychological Hermeneutics section of the (International) SBL.


  • Psychological exegesis (positive psychology)
  • The historical Jesus (book project)