Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof PJ van Dyk

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Professor
Tel: 012 429 3244
Fax: 012 429 4495
E-mail: vdykpj1@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • B.A. Hebrew and Psychology (UP, 1978)
  • B.D. (UP 1980)
  • D.Th. Old Testament (Unisa, 1985)
  • B.Sc. Zoology (Unisa, 1991)
  • B.Sc. Zoology (UP, 1992)
  • M.Sc. Zoology (UP, 1997)

Fields of academic interests

  • Eco-Theology
  • Ancient Near Eastern Religions
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Creation Theology

Field of Specialisation

  • Old Testament
  • Creation Theology
  • Restoration Ecology

Books

Books and book chapters:

  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1987. How to analyse the Bible. Discovering the context of Scripture by using the historical-critical method. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1987. Creation and a theology of creation in the Old Testament. In Johan Engelbrecht. & Peet J. van Dyk (eds) On Creation and re-creation. Themes from the Bible: creation, justice, faith, and the church. Pages 1-34. Pretoria: Van Schaik..
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1987. The Chronicler. In: H.L. Bosman & J.A. Loader (eds) Old Testament storytellers. Pretoria: Van Schaik, 1987.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1989. The image of man – an Old Testament perspective. In P.G.R. De Villiers (ed) The Bible and stress. Pages 1-10. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1992. Truth in history and myth. In: Willie J. Wessels and Eben H. Scheffler (eds) Old Testament science and reality: A mosaic for Deist. Pages 98-106. Pretoria: Verba Vitae.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2000. Ancient Israel’s own creation myth. In E.H. Scheffler (ed)  Fascinating discoveries from the biblical world. Pages 94-97. Pretoria: Biblia Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2001. A brief history of creation. Pretoria: Unisa.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Explore Gauteng. Professional Tourist Guide Series No 2. 4th Edition. Pretoria: Izimpilo Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Explore Mpumalanga. Professional Tourist Guide Series No 3. 2nd Edition. Pretoria: Izimpilo Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Introduction to tourist guiding. Professional Tourist Guide Series No 1. 4th Edition. Pretoria: Izimpilo Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Explore the Western Cape. Professional Tourist Guide Series No 7. 2nd Edition. Pretoria: Izimpilo Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Explore KwaZulu-Natal. Professional Tourist Guide Series No 5. 2nd Edition. Pretoria: Izimpilo Publishers.
  • Van Dyk, Alta C. & Van Dyk, Peet J. 2012. Chapter 2: HIV and the immune system. In: Van Dyk, A.C. (ed) HIV and AIDS Care, Education  and Counselling: A multidisciplinary approach  (5th Ed.). Pages 19-36. Cape Town: Pearson Education.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2012. Chapter 15: Bereavement Counselling. In: Van Dyk, A.C. (ed) HIV and AIDS Care, Education  and Counselling: A multidisciplinary approach  (5th Ed.). Pages 313-328. Cape Town: Pearson Education.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2012. Chapter 16: Spiritual counselling and the meaning of life. In: Van Dyk, A.C. (ed) HIV and AIDS Care, Education  and Counselling: A multidisciplinary approach  (5th Ed.). Pages 329-340. Cape Town: Pearson Education.

Journal articles

  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1985. The problem of etiological narratives. Old Testament Essays 3, 80-89.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1987. The dilemma of literary criticism. Old Testament Essays 5, 32-42.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1987. 'n Fiktiewe paneelbespreking oor die Kronis. Theologia Evangelica 20/2, 20-32.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. & Van Dyk, Alta C. 1989. Unisa onderrig: 'n Gespook met 'n negentiende eeuse lyk? Progressio 11/2, 146-158.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1990. The problem of so-called etiological elements in Old Testament narratives. Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 102/1, 19-33.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1990. Current trends in Pentateuch criticism. Old Testament Essays 3/2. 191-202
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1991. Music in the Old Testament. Old Testament Essays 4/3, 373-380.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. and McKenzie, Andrew A. 1992. An Evaluation of the scrub technique in quantitative parasite ecology.” Experimental and Applied Acarology 15/4, 271-283.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1993. Evolusie: Die misverstand tussen teologie en biologie. Hervormde Teologiese Studies 49 (1&2), 21-295.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 1994. A folkloristic approach to the Old Testament. Old Testament Essays 4, 92-98.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. & Van Dyk, Alta C. 1994. Student achievement: Hierarchical classification as predictor. South African Journal of Higher Education 8 (1), 239-245.
  • Van Aarde Rudi.J., Ferreira Sampie.M., Kritzinger Johan.J., Van Dyk Peet J., Vogt M. & Wassenaar Theo.D. 1996. An evaluation of habitat rehabilitation on coastal dune forests in northern KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa. Restoration Ecology 4/4, 334-345.
  • Enstrom, Phyllis and Van Dyk, Peet J. 1997. What happened to the ark? Religion and Theology 4/1, 50-60.
  • Van Dyk, Alta C. and Van Dyk, Peet J. 2002. HIV/AIDS in Africa: Suffering women and the theology of the Book of Ruth. Old Testament Essays 15 (1), 209-224.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2002. A fuzzy interpretation of the Bible: Going beyond Modernism and Postmodernism. Religion and Theology 9-3 (4), 163-182.
  • Van Dyk, A C & Van Dyk, Peet J. 2003. “What is the point of knowing?” Psycho-social barriers to Voluntary HIV counselling and Testing Programmes in South Africa. SA Journal of Psychology, 33 (3), 115-121.
  • Van Dyk, A C & Van Dyk, Peet J. 2003. “To know or not to know”: Service related barriers to Voluntary HIV counselling and Testing in South Africa. Curationis.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2003. Violence and the Old Testament. Old Testament Essays, 16 (1), 96-112.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2004. The Tale of two tragedies: The Book of Job and HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bulletin for Old Testament Studies in Africa 16, 7-13.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2005. Mythical Linkage and frameworks in the Old Testament. Old Testament Essays. 18/3, 863-878.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. & Van Dyk, A C 2007. Does the church deliver? Perceptions amongst South Africans about the role of the church in the HIV/AIDS field. Verbum et Ecclesia 28/2, 682-697.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2007. So-called intelligent design in nature. A discussion with Richard Dawkins. Old Testament Essays 20/3, 847-859.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2009. Challenges in search of an ecotheology. Old Testament Essays 22/1, 186-204.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2009. Creation, temple and magic. A magico-mythical reading of Genesis.. Old Testament Essays 22/2, 422-436. 
  • Lumbu, K.K., Van Dyk, Peet J., & Van Dyk, A.C. 2009. Perceptions about civil war in Central Africa: Can war be justified and solve problems? Verbum et Ecclesia 30/2, Art. #82, 6 pages.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Magic, myth and monotheism when reading Genesis 30:37-39. Old Testament Essays 23/2, 378-405.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2010. Eco-theology and losing the sacred. OTE 23/3, 822-833.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2011. Significant versus symbolic universes – sorting out the terminology. Journal for Semitics 20/2, 422-444.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2012. Eco-theology: Transforming biblical metaphors – a response to Gunther Wittenberg’s transformation of the dominion metaphor. OTE 25/2, 406-420.
  • Van Dyk, Peet. J. 2013. Opinions about science and faith amongst Southern African clergy and theologians from the Reformed church tradition. Verbum et Ecclesia 34(1), Art. #750, 9 pages.http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.750.
  • Van Dyk, Peet. J. 2013. The Bible and evolution: Opinions amongst Southern African clergy and theologians from the Reformed church tradition. Verbum et Ecclesia 34(1), Art. #776, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ ve.v34i1.776.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2014. What does God have to do with my health? Verbum et Ecclesia 35(1), Art. #1313, 6 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ ve.v35i1.1313
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2014. In search of Eden: a cosmological interpretation of Genesis 2-3. Old Testament Essays 27/2, 651-665.
  • Van Dyk, Alta C. & Van Dyk, Peet J. 2015. Religious coping strategies and perceived causes of sickness and health in South Africa. Verbum et ecclesia 26/1, 7pp.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2015. “Responsible stewardship” – The root of all evil in eco-theology? Old Testament Essays 28/2, 523-535.
  • Van Dyk, Peet J. 2017. Eco-Theology: In and Out of the Wilderness. Old Testament Essays 30/3, 835-851.
  • Van Dyke, Peet J. 2017. The Spirit of God, or is it? HTS Theological Studies 73/3.

Projects

  • Myth and the Old Testament
  • A cosmological interpretation of the Old Testament