ISSN 1609-9982 printed version
ISSN 2074-7705 online version



Basic information

Verbum et Ecclesia is an international, South African open–access, peer reviewed and accredited, online journal. Only original research is considered for publication. This periodical is juridically connected to the Centre for Ministerial Development (Excelsus), located at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. The council includes University of Pretoria professors linked to the Dutch Reformed Church. English, Afrikaans and Sepedi are the languages of publication which makes the journal unique. In addition, articles are also published in German, Dutch and Flemish. Occasionally articles will be published in an indigenous South African language.

From 1980 to 2001 the journal was known as Skrif en Kerk.

Verbum et Ecclesia is published twice a year. Both issues are rolling pass.

Its key abbreviated title is Verbum Eccles..


Historic overview

Verbum et Ecclesia was founded in 1980 and at the time was called Skrif en Kerk. The journal is owned, since 2000, by ‘the structures of ministerial education and development’ of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and is situated in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria (UP). During the early period of the journal’s existence, Prof. Dr W.S. (Riempies) Prinsloo was its first Editor (1980–1995) and played a major role in building the journal’s national and international academic stature; his successor was Prof. Dr Cas J.A. Vos (1998–2001). In 2002, Prof. Dr Dirk J. Human took over as the Editor–in–Chief of Verbum et Ecclesia. The journal has operated under the auspices of two centres at the faculty, namely the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) and the Institute for Ecumenical Research (IMER) from 2000–2007. Since 2008 the journal functioned under the newly founded Centre for Ministerial Development (CMD) at UP. The Lecturers’ Council at UP consists of professors linked to the Dutch Reformed Church who represent the Centre for Ministerial Development in cooperation with an international Advisory Editorial Board as managing body of the journal.

In view of the University of Pretoria’s policy of internationalisation and due to broader accessibility of the journal, its name was changed in 2001 from Skrif en Kerk to Verbum et Ecclesia. As a result, the journal grew in international stature and publishes one (and sometimes two) print editions annually, but individual articles are published on the website as soon as they are available.


Index sources

  • Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Elsevier Scopus
  • ProQuest
  • Google Scholar
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Host
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • African Journals Online
  • ATLA Religion Database®, published by the American Theological Library Association
  • Bibliographical Information Bank in Patristics, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
  • Elenchus of Biblical Bibliography of the Editrice Pontificio Institutio Biblico, Rome, Italy
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ), Osnabrück, Germany
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature, Osnabrück, Germany
  • New Testament Abstracts, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill MA, United States
  • Old Testament Abstracts, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, United States
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts, Cambridge MA, United States
  • UPSpace, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • AOSIS OpenJournals Harvester



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Peer review

All manuscripts undergo a double–blinded review process.



The journal is affiliated to, and receives financial support from the Centre for Ministerial Development of the Dutch Reformed Church (Exelsus), University of Pretoria (South Africa)


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