Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Prof VNN Mtshiselwa

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 4485


  • DLitt et Phil in Biblical Studies (Old Testament) (UNISA, 2015)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Theology
  • Old Testament Studies

Field of Specialisation

  • Pentateuch
  • Psalms
  • Prophets
  • African Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Black Theology of Liberation
  • Methodism
  • Gender Studies


  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2017. To Whom Belongs the Land? Leviticus 25 in an African Liberationist Reading. Bible and Theology in Africa. New York: Peter Lang.

Journal articles

  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2010. “How the Methodist Church of Southern Africa Read Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 in View of Homosexuality”. Old Testament Essays 23/3, 796-787.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2011. “A biblical perspective and critique of homosexuality by the Xhosa culture”. Theologia Viatorum 35/2, 273-301.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2011. “Towards an Indigenous (Xhosa) South African Biblical Scholarship”. Old Testament Essays 24/3, 668-689.
  • Mtshiselwa, N & Modise L. 2013. “The Natives Land Act of 1913 engineered the poverty of black South Africans: a historico-ecclesiastical perspective”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39/2, 359-378.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2014. “A re-reading of 1 Kings 21:1-29 and Jehu’s revolution in dialogue with Farisani and Nzimande: Negotiating Socio-economic redress in South Africa”. Old Testament Essays 27/1, 205-230.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2014. “A post-apartheid nation in chains? Relevance of Lucky Dube’s Mickey Mouse Freedom in reconfiguring forms of oppression in South Africa today”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40/1, 57-76.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “In Chains, Yet Prophetic! An African Liberationist Reading of the Portrait of Paul in Acts 27”. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 71/1, 1-9.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “Reconstructing a Deuteronomistic Athaliah in the (South) African Context: A Critique of the Patriarchal Perception of Women”. Verbum et Ecclesia 36/1, 1-8.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “The emergence of the Black Methodist Consultation and its possible prophetic voice in post-apartheid South Africa”. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 71/3, 1-9.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “The age of reinvented Empire(s) in Africa in the light of Persian hegemonic power: Reading the Book of Deuteronomy and Ezra-Nehemiah in the context of Zimbabwe”. Verbum et Ecclesia 36/1, 1-9.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “Context and Context Meets! A Dialogue between the Sitz–im–Leben of Psalm 23 and the South African Setting”. Old Testament Essays 28/3, 704-723.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2015. “‘Surely, Goodness and Mercy shall Follow Me...’: Reading Psalm 23:6 in Conversation with John Wesley”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 41/2, 1-15.
  • Mtshiselwa, N & Tshaka, RS. 2015. “Constricted Economic Freedom? Malcolm X’s the Ballot or the Bullet Speech and Black Liberation Theology in Conversation with the South African Constitutional Property Clause”. Theologia Viatorum 39/2, 44-63.
  • Mtshiselwa, VNN. 2016. “Remembering and Constructing Israelite Identity in Post–exilic Yehud: Some Remarks on the Penitential Prayer of Nehemiah 9:6–37”. Verbum et Ecclesia 37/1, 1-6.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Mind the Working–class people! An African Reading of Leviticus 25:8–55 with Latino/a Critical Tools”. Old Testament Essays 29 /1, 133-150.
  • Mtshiselwa, N 2016. “Reading Ruth 4 and Leviticus 25:8-55 in the Light of the Landless and Poor Women in South Africa: A Conversation with Fernando F. Segovia and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara”. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72/1, 1-5.
  • Mtshiselwa, N & Masenya (Ngwana’ Mphahlele), M. 2016. “South African Female Presidential Leadership and the inevitability of a donga as final destination? Reading the Deuteronomistic Athaliah the bosadi way”. Verbum et Ecclesia 37/2, 1-8.
  • Mtshiselwa, N & Masenya (Ngwana’ Mphahlele), M. 2016. “Dangling Between Death and Hope: Re-reading Psalm 6 in Light of the Circle Gender-Sensitive-HIV and AIDS Hermeneutics”. Verbum et Ecclesia 37/2, 1-8.
  • Mtshiselwa, N & Masenya (Ngwana’ Mphahlele), M. 2016. “Gender and sexualities in African contexts and Circle theologies”. Verbum et Ecclesia 37(2), 1-3.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Reconsidering the Freedom Charter, the black theology of liberation and the African proverb about the locust’s head in the context of poverty in South Africa”. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72/1, 1-7.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Who Possessed the Promised Land? Scribal Scholarship in the Formation of Patriarchal Narrative(s) and the Holiness Code”. Semitica 58, 63-78.Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “The poor in the Psalms and in Tsepo Tshola’s song Indlala: African liberationist remarks”. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72/4, 1-7.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Violence and the Liberated Woman: Brenda Fassie’s Song “Nakupenda” as a hermeneutical lens for reading the Song of Songs”. Journal for Semitics 25/1, 409-424.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Narratology and Orality in African Biblical hermeneutics: Reading the Story of Naboth’s Vineyard and Jehu’s Revolution in Light of Intsomi yamaXhosa”. Verbum et Ecclesia 37/1, 1-10.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Two Hundred Years of Methodism! A Black Theological Inquiry into the Heritage of Methodism in Southern Africa 1816-2016”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Supplement, 1-19.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2016. “Reading Isaiah 58 in conversation with I.J. Mosala: an African Liberationist approach”. Acta Theologica Supplement 24, 131-156.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2017. "Reading Jeremiah 31:13-34 in Light of Deuteronomy 29:21-30:10 and Inqolobane Yesizwe: Some Remarks on Prophecy and the Torah". Old Testament Essays 30/2, 403-420.
  • Mtshiselwa, N. 2017. "An African Philosophical Analysis of Isaiah 58: A Hermeneutic Enthused by Ubuntu". Scriptura 116/1, 1-12.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2017 to date: Associate Professor in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa.
  • 2016 to 2016: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa.
  • 2013 to 2015: Lecturer in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa.
  • 2008-2012: Junior-Lecturer in the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa.
  • 2007-2008: Lecturer at John Wesley College (Soweto Campus), South Africa.

Membership of scholarly associations

  • Old Testament Society of South Africa
  • Southern African Society of Near Eastern Studies
  • New Testament Society of Southern Africa
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • European Association of Biblical Studies