Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology

Prof Christo Lombaard

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Tel: 012 429 3983


  • BA (Communication Studies & Psychology)
  • BA Hons (Communication Studies)
  • MA (Communication Studies: Journalism)
  • BD (Theology)
  • PhD (Communication Studies: Religious Communications)
  • DD (Theology: Old Testament Science)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Spirituality Studies
  • Bible exegesis
  • Journalism

Field of Specialisation

  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Post-Secularism
  • Spirituality Theory
  • Sexuality and Spirituality (including Song of Songs)
  • Communication Media and Spirituality
  • the Patriarchs of Ancient Israel
  • Pentateuch Theory



The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality. Theoretical and practical essays from a South African perspective (International Voices in Biblical Studies 2). Atlanta, Georgia (USA): Society of Biblical Literature.


(Awarded the 2013 Krister Stendahl prize for Bible scholarship by the Graduate Theological Foundation, USA)

Book chapters:


  • Spirituality – a way of life, I: The Times of God and Acts of Faith (Coursework book). Johannesburg: Theological Education by Extension College, Southern Africa
  • Spirituality – a way of life II (Coursework book). Johannesburg: Theological Education by Extension College, Southern Africa.


  • Theological Education for African Ecumenism - Proposals from the perspective of Christian Spirituality, in Phiri, IA & Werner, D (eds) Handbook of Theological Education in Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 771-778.
  • Five historical explanations for Genesis 22 and its inclusion in the Scripture, in Roncace, M & Weaver, J (eds) Global perspectives on the Bible. London: Pearson, 34-36.


  • With J Froneman. Kom ons gee ‘n gemeenteblad uit.  ‘n Stap-vir-stap-gids vir gemeenteblad-geesdriftiges.  Pretoria: CB Powell Centre, Unisa.


  • The fall of the Berlin wall and the end of apartheid South Africa, in Koschorke, K (ed.) 2009.  Falling walls.  The year 1989/90 as a turning point in the history of world Christianity / Einstürzende Mauers.  Das Jahr 1989/90 als Epochenjahr in der Geshichte des Weltchristentums.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 89-93.
  • Translating human rights between the secular and the spiritual – two recent attempts, in Coutinho, EF (ed.)  2009.  Discontinuities and displacements: studies in comparative literature (Proceedings of the XVIIIth congress of the International Comparative Literature Association).  Rio de Janeiro: Aeroplano Editora, 334-347.


  • What is Biblical Spirituality? – Perspectives from a minor genre of Old Testament scholarship, in: Blommestijn, H, Caspers, C, Hofman, R, Mertens, F, Nissen, P & Welzen, H (eds.)  2008.  Seeing the seeker.  Explorations in the discipline of Spirituality (Festschrift for Kees Waaijman; Studies in Spirituality Supplement 19). Louvain, Belgium: Peeters, 139-153.
  • Problems of narratological analyses of Genesis 22:1-19, in Augustin, M & Niemann, HM (eds)  2008.  Thinking towards new horizons. Collected communications to the XIXth congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, Ljubljana 2007 (Beiträge zur Erforschung des Alten Testaments und des Antiken Judentums 55).  Bern: Peter Lang, 49-62. 


  • The Old Testament between diachrony and synchrony: two reasons for favouring the former, in Le Roux, J & Otto, E (eds) South African Perspectives on the Pentateuch between synchrony and diachrony.  New York: T & T Clark, 61-70.
  • Afrikaans, reformed and internetted. Some outlines of current Afrikaans e-spiritualities, in Petrilli, S (ed.) White matters / Il bianco in questione (Athanor, anno XVII, nuova serie, 10, 2006-2007).  Rome, Italy: Meltemi editore, 202-215.


  • What is Isaac doing in Amos 7?, in Otto, E & Le Roux, J (eds.)  A critical study of the Pentateuch. An encounter between Europe and Africa (Altes Testament und Moderne 20).  Munich: LIT Verlag, 152-159.


  • The god of journalism is dead.  Objectivity, subjectivity and the press.   Pretoria: MP Publications.
  • Verstaan van tekste uit die Deuteronomistiese Geskiedwerk, in Human, DJ & Lombaard, C  (reds.) 2002:  Vertellers en visionêre.  Johannesburg: National Colleges Press.  NPK / Lyceum / Damelin Education Group, pp 1-82.
  • Ontmoet die profete van die Ou Testament, in Human, DJ & Lombaard, C  (reds.) 2002:  Vertellers en visionêre.  Johannesburg: National Colleges Press.  NPK / Lyceum / Damelin Education Group, pp 83-140.
  • Understanding texts in the Deuteronomistic History, in Human, DJ & Lombaard, C  (eds) 2002:  Narrators and visionaries.  Johannesburg: National Colleges Press.  NPK / Lyceum / Damelin Education Group, pp 1-82.
  • Meet the prophets from the Old Testament, in Human, DJ & Lombaard, C  (eds) 2002:  Narrators and visionaries.  Johannesburg: National Colleges Press.  NPK / Lyceum / Damelin Education Group, pp 83-138.


  • The Bible in the apartheid debate, in Hofmeyr, JW, Lombaard, CJS & Maritz, PJ (eds) 1948 + 50 years. Theology, apartheid and church: Past, present and future (Perspectives on the Church / Perspektiewe op die Kerk, Series 5: Vol. 1).  Pretoria: IMER (Institute for Missiological and Ecumenical Research), University of Pretoria, 69-87.


  • Ecumenism and the Bible, in Lombaard, C (ed) Essays and exercises in ecumenism.  Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 26-41.
  • Kontekstuele prediking met behulp van kommentaarjoernalistiek, in Lombaard, C (ed.) " die wêreld..."  Vyf bydraes tot kontekstuele prediking.  Johannesburg: Lewende Woorde / Dept of Latin and Greek, Rand Afrikaans University, 22-46.

Journal articles


  • Mystifying moments in Bible interpretation: An exploration of some implied backgrounds to three kinds of unusual Bible readings. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73/3, 1-8 / https://doi. org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.3495
  • (with A Erasmus) When equal becomes the same. The spirituality of sex: Have we lost it? Verbum et Ecclesia 38/2, 1-7 / https://doi. org/10.4102/ve.v38i2.1613
  • (with D Biernot) Religious experience in the current theological discussion and in the church pew. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73/3, 1-12. 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4347
  • (with I Jansone) Three three-letter words in three recent novels in three different languages: God, sex and joy. Verbum et Ecclesia 38/2, 1-10.
  • Teks - metodiek - geloof: Ter karakterisering van DG van der Merwe as Nuwe Testament- en Spiritualiteitsnavorser. Neotestamentica (special edition for DG van der Merwe).


  • Testing tales: Genesis 22 and Daniel 3 & 6 (Paper at the European Association of Biblical Studies conference, 12-15 July 2015, Cordoba, Spain). Pharos Journal of Theology 97, 1-8 /
  • Theological education, considered from South Africa: Current issues for cross-contextual comparison. HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 72/1, 1-5,
  • Sensing a “second coming”: An overview of new concepts in Sociology, Philosophy, Law and Theology on the re-emerging religious in private and public life. Verbum et Ecclesia 37/1, 1-6. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1488
  • A lady with a lamp. A brief characterisation of Christian Spirituality theologian CET Kourie. Pharos Journal of Theology 97, 1-12.

  • God’s absence as characteristic of faith: implicit religion and Edward Bailey (1935–2015). Stellenbosch Journal of Theology 2/2, 257-272.
  • Teologiese opleiding in Afrika en ekumenisiteit in spiritualiteitsperspektief: ’n oriënteringsraamwerk en kurrikulumvoorstelle vanuit die vakwetenskap Christelike Spiritualiteitskunde. Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap / Journal for Christian Scholarship 52/4, 259-275.


  • Deus ex Machina? Religious texts, spiritual capital and inequalities: In continuation of a current debate (a response to colleague Farisani). Verbum et Ecclesia 36/1, Art. #1378, ve.v36i1.1378.
  •  “And never the twain shall meet”? Post-secularism as newly unfolding religio-cultural phase and Wisdom as ancient Israelite phenomenon. Spiritualities and implications compared and contrasted. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 152, 82-95.
  • Biblical Spirituality and transformation. In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi 49/2 (special edition for JA du Rand), 1-6 / Art. #1950: ids.v49i2.1950.
  • Discernment and Biblical Spirituality – an application: Discernment in the milieu and wake of Nehemiah 8. Journal for the Study of Religion, May 2015, 28/1, 81-99.
  • Mysticism and/in the Old Testament: Methodological orientation and a textual example (Paper at the SPIRASA  - Spirituality Association of South Africa - Annual General Meeting, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 11 August 2014; the “Religion and Citizenship” international lecture series, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania, on 13 October 2014; and at the Afro-Byzantina and Greco-Africana conference, Department of Greek and Latin Studies, University of Johannesburg, 27 October – 1 November 2014). HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 71/1 (special edition for PGR de Villiers), 1-5 / doi: 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2813.
  • Hol(e)y Texts; Hol(e)y Lives: on the Psalms and Spirituality. With particular attention to Thessalonia DePrince, Thomas Merton and Beat Weber - described, compared and evaluated. Scriptura 114 (2015/1), 1-13 / DOI: .
  • The strange case of the patriarchs in Jeremiah 33:26. Acta Theologica 35/2, 36‐49 /  DOI:
  • (with H Potgieter) Spiritualiteit en Musiek: Gevleuelde Dissiplines. Vir die Musiekleier 42, 9-24.


  • Mysticism and Understanding: Murmurs of Meaning(fulness) – Unheard Silences of Psalm 1. Old Testament Essays 27/2 (special edition for Harry van Rooy), 472-488.
  • Getting texts to talk. A critical analysis of attempts at eliciting contemporary messages from ancient holy books as exercises in religious communication. Ned. Geref. Teologiese Tydskrif 55/1, 205-225.
  • Dating and debating: late patriarchs and early canon. Scriptura 113/1, 1-10.
  • Jacob come lately? Hosea 12 and the problem of dating the patriarchs of ancient Israel. Scriptura 113/1, 1-9.
  • Discernment: context, orientation, definition. Ekklesiastikos Pharos Dec. 2014 (special edition for Ben Hendrickx), 519-533.
  • (with D. Biernot)  מֵישָׁרִים in Song of Songs 1:4: a new understanding. Journal for Semitics 23/2ii, 748-763.


  • Mysticism and mind in Welby’s significs. Semiotica 196, 365–379, DOI: 10.1515/sem-2013-0065.
  • Three old men? The patriarchs in the prophets (or: what do patriarchs look like, and where do we find them?). Journal for Semitics / Tydskrif vir Semitistiek 22/2, 276-288.
  • Faith matters: two aspects of the present theological scene in South Africa. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIX (special supplement for Cornél du Toit), 113-128.
  • Issues in or with Genesis 22: An overview of exegetical issues related to one of the most problematic biblical chapters. Verbum et Ecclesia 34/2, Art. #814, .


  • Biblical Spirituality and J.H. Eaton (Paper prepared for LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 24 June 2010 and SPIRASA conference, Santa Sophia Centre, Pretoria, 8 October 2010). Verbum et Ecclesia 33/1, doi: 10.4102/ve.v33i1.685 /
  • Biblical Spirituality, thematically approached: methodological considerations around “discernment”. Ned. Geref. Teologiese Tydskrif 53/3 (special edition for V Brümmer), 65-72.
  • Om die Skrif tot stilte te bring... Gewaarwordinge oor Afrikaanse Bybelse spiritualiteit. Litnet Akademies (Godsdienswetenskappe) 9/3 (Des. 2012), 929-951 /
  • Biblical Spirituality, the Psalms, and identification with the suffering of the poor: a contribution to the recent African discussion on Psalm 109. Paper presented at the Pro Psalms “Psalmody and Suffering” seminar, 25-26 August 2011, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. Scriptura 110 (2012:2), 273-281.


  • Wie behoort die gespreksgenote te wees van Ou Testament Etiek as ’n onderafdeling van die Ou-Testamentiese Wetenskap? Paper at annual OTWSA / OTSSA conference, 15-17 Sept. 2010, North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus). Litnet Akademies 8/1 (Maart 2011), 153-165/
  • with J Froneman (Dept. of Communication Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus): ’n Kritiese evaluering van godsdienstige verwysings in berigte oor misdaad en ongelukke in Beeld en Rapport. Paper jointly presented at conference: “Violence in the democratic South Africa: A challenge to theology and the churches”, 10-12 August 2010, University of Pretoria. Litnet Akademies 8/1 (Maart 2011),166-184/
  • with ME Rabe (Dept. of Sociology, Unisa): “Give us this day our daily bread” – Clergy’s lived religion in Pretoria central areas (= part of NRF “Family resilience and Well-being in South Africa” project & Unisa Brightside community involvement project). Acta Theologica 31/2, 241-263.
  • Biblical Spirituality and human rights. Invited paper at Annual Conference of the Catholic Theological Society: “’Eat the Scroll’ (Rev. 10:9): Scripture's Challenge to Church and Society”, St. Augustine’s Catholic University, Johannesburg, September 20-22, 2010, and at the University of Prague, 30 March 2011. Old Testament Essays 24/1, 74-93.
  • Having faith in the university? Aspects of the relationship between religion and the university (Paper read at the “Faith, religion and the public university” conference, hosted by the Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 22-24 March 2010), in: Venter, R (ed.) Faith, religion and the public university (Acta Theologica Supplementum 14), 49-65.
  • Argumentum ex (fere) silentio. Reconsidering the (almost) silence on the patriarchs in the Psalter. Paper read at Pro Pent international conference, 28-30 August 2010, Bass Lake / Pretoria. Tydskrif vir Semitistiek / Journal for Semitics, 20/1, 2011, 139-151.
  • The mystifying mosaic of Moses: On Pentateuch theory and Biblical spirituality (Invited guest lecture, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA, 14 October 2010, via Skype). HTS Theological Studies 67/3,  Art. #1121 (
  • The Akedah: an overview of some historical interpretations (Paper read at the Society for Biblical Literature International Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia, 25-29 July 2010). Ekklesiastikos Pharos 93 (N.S. 22), 259-267.
  • Genesis 22 as a “test case” for the emergent discipline of Biblical Spirituality (Paper read at the International Organisation for the Study of the Old Testament congress, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1-6 August 2010, and at the departmental research seminar, Dept. of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, 25 August 2010). Ekklesiastikos Pharos 93 (N.S. 22), 348-356.
  • The Patriarchs and their Pentateuchal references: outlines of a new understanding (Paper read at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual international conference, 3-7 July 2011, King’s College London). Journal for Semitics 20/2, Dec. 2011, 470-486.
  • Biblical Spirituality and Interdisciplinarity: The Discipline at Cross-Methodological Intersection (Paper read at conference: “Claiming Conceptual Space. Reimagining the Study of Religion and Theology: Changing Contexts and Social Discourses”, Huguenot College, Wellington, 6-10 April 2010). Religion & Theology 18, 211-225.
  • No empire, no Bible? Aspects of the relationship between biblical texts and current anti-empire views. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXVII, 49-65.


  • Betwixt text and nature, God and evolution. Biblical reception and creationism at the Creation Museum in cultural-anthropological perspective. Paper read at the Mystical Readings of the Bible conference of the Spirituality Association of South Africa (SPIRASA), 16 – 17 April 2009, Santa Sophia Centre, Pretoria. Tydskrif vir Semitistiek / Journal for Semitics 19/1, 263-283.
  • The exile of the patriarchs among the prophets: a new beginning, or first beginnings? (Invited paper prepared for Bettingen / Basel Old Testament Society meeting, 12 June 2010). Verbum et Ecclesia 31/1, Art. #408, 5 pages. DOI: 10.4102/ve.v31i1.408


  • Fleetingness and media-ted existence.  From Kierkegaard on the newspaper to Broderick on the internet.  (Paper read at the Media, Spiritualities and Social Change conference, 4-7 June 2008, Center for Media, Religion and Culture, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA).  Communicatio 35/1, 17-29.
  • The question of the fathers (twba) as patriarchs in Deuteronomy (Paper read at the Society for Biblical Literature conference, Rome, Italy, 30 June – 4 July 2009).  Old Testament Essays 22/2, 346-355.
  • Orgasms and hallelujahs, or, Christian Spirituality and sexuality – a missionary position. Missionalia 37/1, April 2009, 103-123.
  • Does contextual exegesis require an affirming Bible?  Lessons from "apartheid" and "Africa" as narcissistic hermeneutical keys (Paper read at the American Academy of Religion annual congress, November 2006, Washington DC, USA).  Scriptura 101, 274-287.
  • Two approaches to life in the Second Temple Period: Deuteronomy and Qoheleth. HTS Theological Studies 65/1, Art. #185, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.185 / .
  • Exegesis – translation – understanding.  Reflections from Welby's significs (Paper read at the International Association for Semiotics Studies congress, Helsinki/Imatra, 11-17 June 2007). Ekklesiastikos Pharos, Dec. 20/91, 263-275.
  • Why the fuss over Brown's The Da Vinci code? - The dynamism of "icons" and the in/stability of meaning (Paper read at the "Exploring the Da Vinci Code" public conference, presented by the Department of New Testament, Unisa, 10th June 2006, at the Santa Sophia Conference Centre, Pretoria). Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 74/1&2, 285-298 (=  / DOI:10.4102/koers.v74i1&2.127 )
  • Hide and seek.  Aspects of the dynamics of Bible translation, in Naudé, JA (ed) The Bible and its translations. Colonial and postcolonial encounters with the indigenous (Acta Theologica Supplementum 12).  Bloemfontein, South Africa: University of the Free State Press, 1-15.
  • What is Biblical Spirituality? – Perspectives from a minor genre of Old Testament scholarship. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 135 (Nov. 2009), 85-99.


  • Problems of narratological analyses of Genesis 22 (Paper read at IOSOT [International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament] congress, 15-20 July, Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Tyskrif vir Semitistiek / Journal for Semitics 17/1, 289-305.
  • Isaac multiplex: Genesis 22 in a new historical representation (Paper read at the Society for Biblical Literature congress, Vienna, Austria, July 2007).  HTS Theological Studies 64/2, 2008, 907-919.
  • Translating human rights between the secular and the spiritual – two recent attempts (Paper read at the XVIIIth congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, August 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  Praktiese Teologie in Suid-Afrika / Practical Theology in South Africa 23/1, 2008, 119-138.
  • Exegesis and spirituality (with Daniel Nae: presented by Nae at May 2008 research day, Adventist Theological Institute, Romania; read by Lombaard at September 2008 meeting of the Old Testament Society of South Africa, Pretoria).  Ekklesiastikos Pharos 90, 285-295.
  • Spirituality: sense and gist.  On meaning, God and being (Guest lecture at the University of Pretoria, March 2007), in De Villiers, PGR, Kourie, CET & Lombaard, C (eds)  2008.  The spirit that empowers:  Perspectives on spirituality (Acta Theologica Supplementum 11).  Bloemfontein: University of the Free State Press, 94-107.
  • Lombaard, C & Baard, C  Dwangrym.  Oor ek en ons, en hoe die ons die ek altyd wil ín-kwatryn (presentation at CaféRiche philosophy café, Church Square, Pretoria, 25 Mei 2007).  Pomp 1, 2008, 146-151.
  • Lombaard, C  Gewaarwordinge.  ’n Gesprek oor Afrikaans-Christelike geloofsprikkels in ons tyd.  Pomp 1, 2008, 291-293.


  • Of serpents, reeds, understanding, and turns.  Some perspectives on implied apologetics and Pentateuch theory.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIII/1 (May 2007), 351-365.
  • Thinking through the spirited web. Some clarifications on the internet and embodied experiences thereof (Paper read at seminar on Religion and the Internet, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 14 November 2006).  Published in Communicatio 33/2, 1-10.


  • Four recent books on spirituality and the Psalms: some contextualising, analytical and evaluative remarks.  Verbum et Ecclesia 27/3, 909-929 /
  • Teks en mens. JH le Roux se lees van die Bybel binne die konteks van hoofstroom-eksegese in Suid-Afrika.  Old Testament Essays (Special Edition), 19/3, 912-925.
  • Afrikaans, Reformed and Internetted.  Some outlines of current Afrikaans-e-spiritualities.  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXII/1, May 2006, 247-261.
  • The relevance of Old Testament science in/for Africa: two false pieties and focussed scholarship.  Old Testament Essays 19/1, 2006, 144-155.
  • The Old Testament between diachrony and synchrony: two reasons for favouring the former.  Journal for Semitics / Tyskrif vir Semitistiek 15/1, 18-31.
  • There is rebellion afoot, and revelry.  The nascent reformation of intellectual integrity within South African universities.  Education as Change 10/1, July 2006, 71-84.
  • Religieuse Kommunikasie: ter omskrywing van 'n ontluikende akademiese dissipline.  Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap / Journal for Christian Scholarship 42/3, 141-150.
  • (with JD Froneman) Three broad approaches to the study of religious communication.  Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap / Journal for Christian Scholarship 42/3, 151-158.
  • Genealogies and spiritualities in Genesis 4:17-22, 4:25-26, 5:1-32, in De Villiers, P, Kourie C & Lombaard, C (eds)  The Spirit that moves.  Orientation and issues in spirituality (Acta Theologica Supplementum 8).  Bloemfontein: University of the Free State Press, 146-164.


  • (with M Rabe) Die oudste boodskap via die nuutste massamedium: evaluering van 'n e-pos dagstukkiediens.  Verbum et Ecclesia, 26/2, 412-431.
  • Four South Africans' proposals for a central theme to "Scriptural spirituality". Scriptura 2005/1, 139-150.
  • ISPs as ESPs: different keyboard strokes for different Christian folks. A response to Britz and de Villiers on the internet and Christian ethics.  Communicatio 31/2, 295-305.


  • (with G de Villiers) Telematiese onderrig en teologiese opleiding: blikpunte op moontlike probleme.  Verbum et Ecclesia 25(1), 68-80.
  • What is Isaac doing in Amos 7?  Old Testament Essays 17/3 (2004), 435-442.
  • Slavery in three Pentateuchal legal texts (Deut. 15:12-18, Ex. 21:1-6 & Lev. 25:35-55) closely and comparatively read.  Ekklesiastikos Pharos 86/2004, New Series 15, 261-276.


  • Some ethical dimensions to teaching Theology via the Internet.  Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 115,  March 2003, 43-61.
  • The Old Testament in Christian Spirituality: perspectives on the undervaluation of the Old Testament in Christian Spirituality.  HTS Theological Studies 59/2, June 2003, 433-450.
  • The birth of the Internet in South Africa: a church-historical note. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 29/2, Dec. 2003, 16-27.


  • (with JH le Roux) Wat dateer ons?  Enkele opmerkings rondom die datering van Bybelse tekste.  HTS Theological Studies 58/4, Nov. 2002, 1855-1867.
  • The Old Testament in a new medium: graduate studies in the Old Testament via the Internet at the University of Pretoria (with JH le Roux).  Bulletin for Old Testament Studies in Africa 13, 12-15.
  • Elke vertaling is ‘n vertelling.  Opmerkings oor vertaalteorie, geïllustreer aan die hand van die chokmatiese ratio interpretationisOld Testament Essays 15/3, 754-765.
  • בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים as triple entendre: remarks on translation problems related to Gen. 1:1.  Ekklesiastikos Pharos, 1-12.


  • The left governing hand and the right governing hand: begging for a church without public hands? Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 109, 17-24.
  • ‘n Woord vir ons wêreld.  Kontekstuele prediking met behulp van kommentaarjoernalistiek.  Praktiese Teologie in Suid-Afrika 16/1, 19-39.
  • The Bible and ecumenism.  Ekklesiastikos Pharos 83/1&2 (2001; New Series 12), 149-160.
  • Four recent works on the interpretation of the Old Testament in South Africa, with evaluation and some implications.  Scriptura 78, 467-478.


  • By implication.  Didactical strategy in Psalm 1.  Old Testament Essays 12/3 (Special Number for W.S. Prinsloo), 506-514.
  • “Oortuiging” en prediking - woordspel op ‘n “hartspel”. Skrif en Kerk 21/3, 2000, 607-620.


  • Some remarks on the patriarchs in the Psalms.  Old Testament Essays Vol 11/1, 1998, 59-70.


  • Developing Old Testament diploma courses at TEEC(SA).  Newsletter on African Old Testament Scholarship, Issue 2, May 1997, pp 9-12.


  • 'n Nota op die aanwending van "tradisies" in die Suid-Afrikaanse struktuuranalitiese eksegese van die Ou Testament.  Skrif en Kerk 17/1, 106-113. 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Membership of Academic Societies:

  • SPIRASA (Spirituality Association of South Africa)
    • Member of the Executive Committee: 2004 - present
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (American Academy of Religion)
    • Member of international promotions committee: 2007 – present
  • Old Testament Society of South Africa
  • International Organisation for the Study of the Old Testament
  • Pro Pent (Project for the Study of the Old Testament, annually co-hosted by the University of Munich and the University of Pretoria)

Current editorial boards:

  • Pharos Journal of Theology
  • Transformation in Higher Education


2013 -

  • Krister Stendahl medal for Bible scholarship, US Graduate Theological Foundation
  • Honorary Fellow: Graduate Theological Foundation (USA)
  • The University of South Africa 2013 Prestigious National Research Award
  • Rated second most productive researcher among the University of South Africa’s academics (Mouton, J 2013. A bibliometric analysis of the state of research at UNISA. Stellenbosch: Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, 81, 110, 114)

2014 -

  • Rated researcher: National Research Foundation, South Africa

2015 -

  • Senior Associate Fellow: International Institute for Hermeneutics (Germany)
  • Rated 5th most productive researcher amongst South Africa’s “Top 25 Authors in Religious Studies” (Mouton, J 2015. An analysis of SA journals. Stellenbosch: SciSTIP – DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, 41)

2017 –

  • University of South Africa Apex Professor


  • Post-secular trends in religion internationally
  • Song of Songs
  • Patriarchs of Israel
  • Biblical Spirituality