Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof PJJ Botha

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Tel: 012 429 4062


  • BA
  • BA (Hons) (RAU)
  • BD
  • DD (UP)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Disability Studies
  • History of Disability
  • Orality-Literacy Studies
  • Jesus movement
  • Early Christian Origins
  • Aspects of Greek & Roman culture: religion, education, art, architecture

Field of Specialisation

  • New Testament Studies
  • Early Christian Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Orality Studies


  • 2012. Orality and Literacy in Early Christianity. Performance Biblical Criticism 5. Cascade Books: Eugene, OR. ISBN-13: 9781606088982

Book chapters:

  • 2018. "Blindness in early Christianity: Tracking the fundamentals of religious conflict." In Mayer, W. & C. L. de Wet (eds), Reconceiving religious conflict: new views from the formative centuries of Christianity, 45–69. Routledge studies in the early Christian world. London: Routledge.
  • 2017. "The Lamb and the Servant as constructions of divinity: the worship of Jesus in Early Christianity from a disability studies perspective." In Tolmie, D. F. & R. Venter (eds), Making sense of Jesus: experiences, interpretations and identities, 107–132. Bloemfontein: Sun Media.
  • 2014. “Flesh.” In R. Brawley (ed.), The Oxford encyclopedia of the Bible and ethics, 287–291. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010. "Hierarchy and obedience: the legacy of the letter to Philemon." In D. F. Tolmie (ed.), Philemon in perspective: interpreting a Pauline letter, 251–271. BZNW 169. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • 2010. "'Publishing' a Gospel: notes on historical constraints to gospel criticism." In A. Weissenrieder & R. B. Coote (eds.), The interface of orality and writing, 335–352. WUNT I 260. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • 2006. "Secular spirituality as virtue ethics: actualising the Judaeo-Christian tradition today." In C W du Toit & C P Mayson (eds.), Secular spirituality as a contextual critique of religion, 95–126. Pretoria: RITR, Unisa.

Journal articles

2016. "Considering Albert Schweitzer’s legacy: ethical mysticism and colonialism." Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 42.

2015. “Albert Schweitzer se etiese gesigseinder: eerbied vir en dankbaarheid teenoor die lewe.” Stellenbosch Theological Journal 1(2): 315–344.

2011. "Resisting, negotiating and imitating the empire: the complexities of empire as context for early Christians." Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 37 (Supplement): 21–48.

2000. "Submission and violence: exploring gender relations in the first-century world." Neotestamentica 34 (1): 1–37.