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HTS Theological Studies

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Herv. teol. stud. vol.75 n.3 Pretoria  2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5886 

EDITORIAL

 

Editorial - Eben Scheffler Festschrift

 

 

Andries G. van AardeI; Jurie H. le RouxII; Christo J.S. LombaardIII

IHTS Theological Studies, AOSIS, Cape Town, South Africa
IIDepartment of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Tshwane, South Africa
IIIDepartment of Church History, Christian Spirituality and Missiology, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 

HTS Theological Studies honours a dedicated scholar and a dear friend who has enriched our lives and our scholarship in many different ways. Eben Hans Scheffler was born on 16 February 1953 in Zoutpansberg (Louis Trichardt, Makado), South Africa, and historically fits into a very formative period in South African biblical scholarship between the beginning of the 1970s and the mid-1990s.

Scheffler was intellectually formed by this period. He appropriated what was scholarly of value but in the end viewed this movement with some scepticism. His scholarly contribution is varied, but from his books and articles we can distinguish at least five characteristics. Firstly, he is both an Old Testament and a New Testament scholar, which caused an interesting blending of views from both Testaments. Secondly, he illustrated the relevance of the Old Testament and New Testament for today by identifying present-day themes like suffering, poverty and inequality, which he investigated from a biblical perspective. Thirdly, he emphasised the importance of biblical archaeology for the understanding of the world in which the Old Testament and New Testament took shape. Fourthly, in many of his publications he also highlighted the importance of psychology and psychological concepts for the comprehension of the Bible. Fifthly, he will always be remembered for the joy he has taken in being a biblical scholar and for immersing himself in the constant study and research of the Old Testament and New Testament. (This can also be seen in the huge library he has built for himself over the years.)

Scheffler developed and matured as a scholar at two universities in Pretoria. One was the University of South Africa and the other, the University of Pretoria where he studied theology and in 1988 obtained the degree of Doctor of Divinitatis in New Testament (cum laude) with a dissertation on suffering in Luke's Gospel, which was published by Theologischer Verlag, Zürich. He spent 2 years in military service and became a chaplain in the South African Navy. After military service, he joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a lecturer in 1980. From 1991 to 1992 he worked as was an associate professor and from the end of 1992 until his retirement in 2018 he served as a full professor. He was also a guest professor at many institutions, such as St. Peter's Seminar, St John Vianney Seminar in Pretoria and the University of Pretoria, amongst others.

A number of master's and doctoral students have completed their theses under his guidance and he himself was an external examiner of many postgraduate students from different universities. He has served on the editorial board of distinguished journals such as Neotestamentica and Old Testament Essays, contributed many articles to these and other journals, and also authored and co-authored a number of books. He is a keen traveller and has visited Israel often, excavated at Hazor, and attended and presented many papers at South African and international congresses.

Eben Scheffler has a long and productive career and he has also touched the lives of many students, friends and colleagues, and we are extremely grateful for this.

When colleague and co-editor Christo Lombaard suggested that an Eben Scheffler Festschrift should be compiled, the response was immediate and warm. The editors, Jurie le Roux and Christo Lombaard, would like to express their sincerest gratitude to all authors who contributed and submitted excellent articles.

We are all greatly indebted to Prof. Andries van Aarde, the editor in-chief of HTS Theological Studies, who made this project possible, to all the reviewers for reading and commenting on the articles, and to the team of AOSIS for their exceptionally professional editing of all the contributions.

We all thank Eben Scheffler for his contribution to our scholarship and we wish him all the best for the years ahead.

Eben Hans Scheffler's curriculum vitae

  • Born 16 February 1953 in Zoutpansberg (Louis Trichardt, Makado), South Africa.

  • School: Die Hoërskool Nelspruit.

  • Married to Margaretha Scheffler (nѐѐ Van Niekerk, Career Counselling Psychologist).

  • Children: Ewald Friedrich (born 08 April 1987) and Otto Carl (born 09 March 1992).

  • Citizenship: South African, German.

Formal study

  • Baccalaureus Artium (cum laude, 1973) from the University of Pretoria.

  • Baccalaureus Artium Honores (combined degree in Greek and Semitic languages) (cum laude, 1975) from the University of Pretoria.

  • Baccalaureus Divinitatis (1976) from the University of Pretoria.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (cum laude, 1978) from the University of Pretoria.

  • Non-degree purposes: Psychology III (cum laude, 1980) from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

  • Examination Doctorandus in Theology (cum laude, 1980), University of Pretoria.

  • Doctor of Divinitatis in New Testament (cum laude, 1988) from the University of Pretoria.

Academic positions and professional activities

  • 1978: University of South Africa: Research Assistant at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion

  • 1979: Minister (Chaplain) in the South African Navy (forced military service)

  • 1980-1984: Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical studies, UNISA (teaching exegesis, textual criticism, hermeneutics, introduction to the Old Testament, historiography of ancient Israel).

  • 1984-1990: Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical studies, UNISA (exegesis, hermeneutics, introduction to the Old Testament, historiography of ancient Israel).

  • 1991-1992: Associate Professor in Old Testament and Biblical studies, UNISA.

  • 1992-2018: Professor in Old Testament, Biblical Studies and Biblical Archaeology, UNISA (exegesis, introduction as history of literature, historiography of ancient Israel, introduction to Biblical archaeology, discoveries of the Biblical world, archaeology of biblical sites).

  • 2001-2003: Guest Professor: St. Peter's Seminar and St John Vianney Seminar in Pretoria (two hours per week, History of Israel, and History of Israel's literature).

  • 2000-2003: Guest Professor: University of Pretoria (lectures on Biblical archaeology, history of ancient Israel).

  • 1990-2017: External Examiner at University of Venda, University of Pretoria, (Old Testament and New Testament).

  • External Examiner of 15 master's and doctoral dissertations (both Old Testament and New Testament).

  • Supervisor of five completed doctoral dissertations (M. Le Roux, E. Van Schalkwyk, N. Soggie, T. Rugwiji and P. Van der Zwan).

  • Study leader and co-study leader of seven completed master's dissertations.

  • Regular peer reviewing of academic articles (about five per year).

  • 1985-2017: Periodical member of various committees of the Faculty of Theology at UNISA: Bursary Committee, Public Relations Committee, Steering Committee of the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, Steering Committee for the Discussion Group for Experimental Theology and Faculty Research Committee.

  • 1993-2000: Member of the Senate, UNISA.

  • 2004: External Evaluator at the Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria (together with Prof. Wim Beuken, Leuven).

  • 2003-2008. Co-editor of otnet.net (website for Old Testament).

  • Periodical member of the editorial board of Neotestamentica (South African Journal for New Testament).

  • 1990-2017: Chair of research committee at the Department of Old Testament, UNISA.

  • 2005-2018: Member of Higher Degrees Committee, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa.

Membership of and activity in scholarly societies

  • Old Testament Society of South Africa (Periodical typographical editor of Old Testament Essays).

  • New Testament Society of South Africa (Periodical chair of Historical Jesus section; Periodical typographical editor of Neotestamentica).

  • Missiological Society of South Africa.

  • South African Society for Jewish Studies.

  • Pro Pent Seminar (for the study of the Pentateuch; occasional assistance in organisation).

  • Society of Biblical Literature (Periodical chair of the section of Psychological Hermeneutics of the Interpretation of Biblical Texts).

  • European Association for Biblical Studies.

Academic visits

  • 1976-1977: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Munich, University of Tübingen: Attendance of lectures (Barr, Moule, Richter, Gnilka, Pannenberg, Rendtorff, Küng, Moltmann, Jüngel, Stuhlmacher).

  • 1983: Study tour led by Ferdinand Deist in Germany: Bonn, Kiel, Göttingen, Munich, Augsburg, Heidelberg, Marburg, Basel: Attendance of lectures (Schmidt, Donner, Metzger, Hannard, Smend, Noort, Jeremias [Jorg], Baltzer, Schmitt, Rendtdorff, Macholz, Kaiser, Jenni, Seybold).

  • 1992: Research (early history of Israel) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Interaction with Proff. Manfred Weippert and Helga Weippert, and Axel Knauf.

  • 1995: Participation in archaeological excavations at Nahal-Tilah (Director T. Levy) and extensive visits to archaeological sites in Egypt, Israel and Jordan (e.g. Cairo, Luxor, Jerusalem, Jericho, Bet-Shemesh, Dan, Hazor, Megiddo, Sepphoris, Caeserea, Dor, Beersheba, Arad, Qumran, Massada, Lagish, Acco, Gerasa, Amman, Tell-Heshban, Petra); Research in Jerusalem (Ecole Biblique, intensive interaction with Prof. Hartmund Stegemann on Qumran).

  • 1998: Oslo: IOSOT-Kongress.

  • 2000: Research in Copenhagen and Sheffield (on the post-exilic dating of Old Testament literature (discussions with Proff. N P. Lemche, T. Thompson, P. Davies, D. Clines and D. Edelmann).

  • 2000: Cape Town: SBL International Meeting (participation).

  • 2001: Basel: IOSOT-Kongress (presented a paper on late dating of the Old Testament).

  • 2001: Heidelberg: Von Rad Congress (participation).

  • 2001: Visit to archaeological sites in Greece (e.g. Acropolis, Olympia, Delphi, Mycene, Meteora, Sparta, Epidauros and Corinth).

  • 2002: Stellenbosch: Postgraduate Seminar; Guest lectures (Poverty in Dt 15; Poverty in Lk 16).

  • 2004: Munich: International Pro Pent Seminar (presented a paper on poverty in Dt 15).

  • 2004: Groningen: SBL International Meeting (participation).

  • 2004: Leiden: IOSOT Congress (presented a paper on Solomon).

  • 2010-2012: Three times participation in archaeological excavations at Hazor (director A Ben-Tor). Visit to archaeological sites (Chorazin, Capernaum, Magdala, Megiddo, Dan, Jericho, Jerusalem, Qumran, Massada and Aradand Beersheba).

  • 2000-2018: Regular participation in all Pro Pent seminars.

  • 1977-2018: Regular participation in NTSSA.

  • 1980-2018: Regular participation in OTSSA conferences.

  • 2005-2018: Regular participation in all international SBL and EABS conferences.

  • 2013-2018: Regular participation in annual SBL conferences.

Public and social service

  • Minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (occasional preaching).

  • Occasional participation in television debates on current religious themes.

  • Popular public lectures in various congregations and the C.B. Powel Bible Centre (UNISA).

  • Tourist Guide (Gauteng, South Africa).

Publications

Books (sole author)

  • 1993, Suffering in Luke's Gospel, AThANT 81, Theologischer Verlag, Zϋrich.

  • 1996, Prediker se positiewe raad, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 1996, Die konsekwensies van geloof, C.B. Powell Centre, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2000, Fascinating discoveries from the Biblical world, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2001, Politics in ancient Israel, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

Books (editor or co-editor)

  • 1995, Botha, P.J.J. & Scheffler, E.H. (eds.), Eksperimentele teologie, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2000, Scheepers, C. & Scheffler, E.H., From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2000, Van den Heever, G. & Scheffler, E.H. (eds.), From Jesus Christ to Christianity: Early Christian literature in context, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2006, Boshoff, W., Scheffler, E.H. & Spangenberg, I. (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, 2nd edn., Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2012, Scheffler, E.H. & Van Heerden, S.W. (eds.), 2010, The Bible and the eradication of poverty: Tutorial letter 501/OTS2604, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2012, Scheffler, E.H. & Masenya, M. (eds.), The Bible and sexuality: Study guide 1 for OTS370, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 1992, Wessels, W.J. & Scheffler, E.H. (eds.), Old Testament science and reality: A mosaic for Deist, Verba Vitae, Pretoria.

Books (co-author)

  • 1986, 'Die gebruik van die Nuwe Testament in die Nederlandse Geloofsbelydenis', in H.L. Bosman, J.W. Hofmeyr, E. van Niekerk, E.H. Scheffler & I.J. van Eeden (eds.), Die NGB: Ontstaan, Skrifgebruik en gebruik, pp. 70-88, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 1988, 'On suffering in Luke's Gospel', in C. Breytenbach (ed.), Church in context: Early Christianity in social context/Kerk in konteks: Die vroeë Christendom in sosiale verband, NG Kerkboekhandel, Pretoria.

  • 1990, 'Lyding volgens Lukas', in C.J.A. Vos & J.C. Müller (eds.), God mens en wêreld: God en ons lyding, pp. 97-108, Orion, Pretoria.

  • 1989, 'Die gelykenis van die barmhartige Samaritaan', in F. Swanepoel (red.), Bybelse stories en hul geheim, C.B. Powell Centre, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 1990, 'Reading Luke from the perspective of Liberation Theology', in P. Hartin & K. Petzer (eds.), Text and interpretation: New approaches in the criticism of the New Testament, pp. 281-298, Brill, Leiden.

  • 1991, 'What does God's word refer to? Historical grammatical exegesis', in H.L. Bosman, I.G.P. Gous & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Plutocrats and paupers: Wealth and poverty in the Old Testament, pp. 52-65, Van Schaik, Pretoria (also in Afrikaans, Purper en flenterlap).

  • 1991, 'Good news for the poor: How the New Testament uses the Old', in H.L. Bosman, I.G.P. Gous & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Plutocrats and paupers: Wealth and poverty in the Old Testament, pp. 96-107, Van Schaik, Pretoria (also in Afrikaans, Purper en flenterlap).

  • 1991, 'Die teologie van die Lukasevangelie in konteks: Bevryding uit lyding', in J.H. Roberts, W.S. Vorster, J.N. Vorster & J.G. Van der Watt (reds.), Teologie in konteks, pp. 62-92, Orion, Halfway House.

  • 1992, 'Dimensions of suffering in Deutero-Isaiah', in W.J. Wessels & E.H. Scheffler (eds.), Old Testament science and reality: A mosaic for Deist, pp. 208-224, Verba Vitae, Pretoria.

  • 1993, 'Doodgewone, afvallige lydende mense: Die dissipels in Lukas', in F.A. Swanepoel (red.), Dieselfde mense verskillend geteken, pp. 20-32, C.B. Powell Centre, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 1994, 'Jesus the liberator from suffering: The Gospel of Luke', in F.A. Swanepoel (ed.), Essays on Luke, pp. 16-30, C.B. Powell Centre, UNISA, Pretoria (also in Afrikaans: Wie is Jesus, pp. 47-59).

  • 1995, 'Lukas en Boeddhisme', in P.J.J. Botha & E.H. Scheffler (eds.), Eksperimentele teologie, pp. 54-69, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Reading the Bible in context', in W. Boshoff, E.H. Scheffler & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, pp. 11-17, Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Aspects of ancient Near Eastern culture', in W. Boshoff, E.H. Scheffler & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, pp. 41-57, Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Israel's pre-monarchical traditions (1250-1020 BCE)', in W. Boshoff, E.H. Scheffler & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, pp. 58-76, Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'The literature of Israel's United Kingdom (1020-922 BCE)', in W. Boshoff, E.H. Scheffler & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, pp. 77-98, Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'The exilic literature (586-539 BCE)', in W. Boshoff, E.H. Scheffler & I.J.J. Spangenberg (eds.), Ancient Israelite literature in context, pp. 142-167, Protea Bookhouse, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Megiddo - Strategic city in the north', in C. Scheepers & E.H. Scheffler (eds.), From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel, pp. 92-137, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Qumran - Home of the Dead Sea Scrolls', in C. Scheepers & E.H. Scheffler (eds.), From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel, pp. 176-213, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Arad - City in the wilderness of Judah', in C. Scheepers & E.H. Scheffler (eds.), From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel, pp. 272-305, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Beersheba - The most southern city', in C. Scheepers & E.H Scheffler (eds.), From Dan to Beersheba: An archaeological tour through ancient Israel, pp. 306-337, Biblia Publishers, Pretoria.

  • 2000, 'Saving Saul from the Deuteronomist', in J.C. De Moor & H. Van Rooy (eds.), Past, present and future: The Deuteronomistic history and the Prophets, pp. 263-271, OTS 44, Brill, Leiden.

  • 2000, Van den Heever, G. & Scheffler, E. (eds.), From Jesus Christ to Christianity: Early Christian literature in context, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2005, 'Deuteronomium 15:1-18 and poverty in (South) Africa', in E. Otto & J.H. Le Roux (eds.), A critical study of the Pentateuch, pp. 97-115, Lit Verlag, Munster.

  • 2006, 'Compassionate action: Living according to Luke's Gospel', in J.G. Van der Watt & F.S. Malan (eds.), Identity, ethics, and ethos in the New Testament, BZNW 141, De Gruyter, Berlin.

  • 2007, 'Criticism of government: Deuteronomy 17:14-20 between (and beyond) synchrony and diachrony', in E. Otto & J.H. Le Roux (eds.), South African perspectives on the Pentateuch between synchrony and diachrony, T & T Clarke, Edinburgh.

  • 2008, 'Op pad na gelykheid tussen man en vrou in die Lukasevangelie', in L. Nortje-Meyer (red.), Kyk weer! Gender-kritiese kommentaar op geselekteerde Bybelse tekste, Tien Wah Press, Singapore.

  • 2009, 'War and violence in the Old Testament world: Various views', in J. Fitzgerald, F. Van Rensburg & H. Van Rooy (eds.), Animosity, the Bible, and us: Some European, North American, and South African perspectives, pp. 1-17, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA.

  • 2010, Scheffler, E.H. & Van Heerden, S.W. (eds.), 2010, The Bible and the eradication of poverty: Tutorial letter 501/OTS2604, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2012, Scheffler, E.H. & Masenya, M. (eds.), The Bible and sexuality: Study guide 1 for OTS370, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2016, 'The historical Jesus and (non)violence: A contemporary challenge', in J. Hunter & J. Kügler (eds.), The Bible and violence in Africa, pp. 91-115, University of Bamberg Press, Bamberg.

  • 2016, 'Albert Schweitzer and the historical Jesus: Reflecting on some misconceptions', in I. Spangenberg & C. Landman (eds.), The legacies of Albert Schweitzer reconsidered, pp. 189-217, AOSIS, Durbanville.

  • 2018, 'Various views on peace in the twelve minor prophets', in H.J. Fabry (ed.), The books of the twelve prophets: Minor prophets - Major theologies, pp. 501-517, Peeters, Leuven.

  • 2019, 'Having salt in order to live in peace: What can be said about Mark 9,48-50', in G. Van Oyen (ed.), Reading the Gospel of Mark in the twenty-first century: Method and meaning, pp. 737-751, Peeters, Leuven.

  • 2019, 'Allegorising Song of Songs most erotic parts: Judaism, Calvinism, Lutheranism', in S. Fischer & G. Fernandes (eds.), The Song of Songs afresh: Perspectives on a biblical love poem, pp. 275-296, Hebrew Bible Monographs 82, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield.

Articles in accredited scholarly journals

  • 1983, 'Die verhouding tussen die Ou en Nuwe Testament', Theologica Evangelica 16(1), 38-52.

  • 1985, 'Micah 4:1-5: An impasse in exegesis?', Old Testament Essays (First series) 3, 46-61.

  • 1988, 'Searching for meaning in biblical scholarship: Reflections with Hermann Hesse', Theologica Evangelica 21(2), 2-8.

  • 1988, 'Op weg na 'n komprehensiewe geskiedenis van Ou-Israel', HTS Theological Studies 44(3), 665-683.

  • 1988, 'A psychological reading of Luke 12:35-48', Neotestamentica 22, 355-371.

  • 1989, 'Emmaus - A historical perspective', Neotestamentica 23, 251-267.

  • 1990, 'The socio-ethics of the Lucan Baptist', Neotestamentica 24, 21-36.

  • 1990, 'The game Samuel played: A psychological interpretation of the relationship between Samuel and Saul', Old Testament Essays (New Series) 3(3), 263-273.

  • 1991, 'Jung's answer to Job: An appraisal', Old Testament Essays 4(3), 327-341.

  • 1992, 'Naasteliefde in Lukas-Handelinge', Scriptura S9a (Special edn.), 56-73.

  • 1993, 'Qohelet's positive advice', Old Testament Essays 6(2), 248-271.

  • 1993, 'Oor die metodiek van 'n holistiese geskiedenis van Oud-Israel', HTS Theological Studies 49(4), 908-933.

  • 1994, 'A holistic historical background against which Jeremiah 7:1-15 makes sense', Old Testament Essays 7(3), 381-395.

  • 1994, 'The psychological approach to the (Hebrew) Bible', Old Testament Essays 7(4) (Special edn.), 148-159.

  • 1995, 'Jesus from a psychological perspective', Neotestamentica 29(2), 299-312.

  • 1996, 'The interface between historical geography and the holistic history of ancient Israel', Old Testament Essays 9, 294-307.

  • 1997, 'Archaeology and wisdom', Old Testament Essays 10, 459-473.

  • 1998, 'Debating the late dating of the Old Testament', Old Testament Essays 11(3), 522-533.

  • 1998, 'Verskillende boodskappe vir verskillende kontekste: Die literatuur van die ballingskap (597-539 BCE)', Skrif en Kerk 19, 349-372.

  • 1999, 'Ernest Renan's Jesus: An appraisal', Neotestamentica 33(1), 179-197.

  • 1999, 'Die onstaan (vestiging) van Israel as 'n komplekse gebeure', Old Testament Essays 12(3), 555-578.

  • 2001, 'Beyond the judges and the amphictyony: The politics of tribal Israel (1000-120 BCE)', Old Testament Essays 14(3), 494-509.

  • 2001, 'Die kommunikasie van die gelykenis van die barmhartige Samaritaan in konteks', HTS Theological Studies 57(1&2), 318-343.

  • 2003, 'Luke's image of Jesus as liberator from suffering', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 14(1), 205-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2003.11745725

  • 2004, 'Die nie al te wyse Salomo', HTS Theological Studies 60(3), 769-789.

  • 2004, 'Jung, the Pentateuch and ethics', Verbum et Ecclesia 25(2), 654-675.

  • 2005, 'In praise of Canticles: A (male) reaction to the second feminist companion to the Song of Songs', Old Testament Essays 18(2), 309-322.

  • 2005, 'Ordinary, fickle, suffering people: The disciples in Luke's gospel', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 16, 274-288. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2005.11745761

  • 2006, '"Lord, shall we strike with the Sword?": Of (non-)violence in Luke's gospel', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 17, 295-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2006.11745781

  • 2006, 'Jesus' non-violence at his arrest: The synoptics and John's gospel compared', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 17, 312-326. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2006.11745782

  • 2006, 'The politics of (the Deuteronomistic) David (and Jesus)', Old Testament Essays 19(3), 950-967.

  • 2006, 'Die Bybel in die skilderkuns van Vincent van Gogh', South African Journal of Art History 21(1), 58-73.

  • 2007, 'Criticising political power: The challenge of Deuteronomy 17:14-20', Old Testament Essays 20(3), 772-785.

  • 2007, 'Oorlog in die Ou Testamentiese wêreld: Verskeie perspektiewe', Scriptura 96, 486-500.

  • 2007, 'The meaning of Jesus' death: The letter to the Hebrews and Luke's Gospel compared', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 18, 145-165. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2007.11879087

  • 2008, 'Eros as godsdiens (of die religieuse viering van seks)', HTS Theological Studies 63(3), 1255-1277.

  • 2008, 'Deuteronomium 15:18 en die uitroei van armoede in (Suid-) Afrika', Verbum et Ecclesia 29(1), 194-221. https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i1.13

  • 2008, 'Towards gender equality in Luke's gospel', Acta Patristica et Byzantina 19, 185-206. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2008.11745794

  • 2009, 'Leviticus 25:1-7, ecology and (Southern-) Africa', Theologia Viatorum 33(2), 468-489.

  • 2011, 'Pleading poverty (Or: Identifying with the poor for selfish reasons): On the ideology of Psalm 109', Old Testament Essays 24(1), 192-207.

  • 2011, 'Luke's view of poverty in ancient (Roman) economic context: A challenge for today', Scriptura 106, 115-135. https://doi.org/10.7833/106-0-152

  • 2011, '(The Markan and Matthean) Jesus' appropriation and criticism of the Torah: The question of divorce', HTS Theological Studies 67(1), 1-6.

  • 2011, 'Reflecting on Paul's (non-)use of the Old Testament in the letter to the Romans', Scriptura 109, 269-281.

  • 2012, 'Poverty in the book of Proverbs: Looking from above?', Scriptura 111, 480-496. https://doi.org/10.7833/111-0-30

  • 2013, 'The assaulted (man) on the Jerusalem-Jericho road: Luke's creative interpretation of 2 Chronicles 28:15', HTS Theological Studies 69(1), 1-8.

  • 2013, 'Poverty eradication and the Bible in context: A serious challenge', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 24, 129-153.

  • 2013, 'Jericho: From archaeology challenging the canon to searching for the meaning(s) of myth(s)', HTS Theological Studies 69(1), 1-8.

  • 2013, 'Of poverty prevention in the Pentateuch as a continuing contemporary challenge', Verbum et Ecclesia 34(2), 1-14.

  • 2014, 'Empathy for the psychological underdog: A positive psychological approach to Luke's Gospel', HTS Theological Studies 70(1), 1-8.

  • 2014, 'Reflecting on (non-)violence in the book of Deuteronomy in (Old Testament) canonical context', Old Testament Essays 27(2), 579-596.

  • 2014, 'Celebrating the celebration of sexuality in Song of Songs', Journal for Semitics 23(2ii), 885-909.

  • 2015, 'Reflecting on Jesus' teaching on forgiveness from a positive psychological perspective', HTS Theological Studies 70(1), 1-9.

  • 2015, 'The poor in the psalms: A variety of views', Verbum et Ecclesia 36(1), 1-9.

  • 2015, 'The historical Jesus as "peacemaker" between Judaism, Christianity and Islam', Neotestamentica 49(2), 261-296. https://doi.org/10.1353/neo.2016.0002

  • 2016, 'Putting Qumran, Jesus and his movement into relief', HTS Theological Studies 72(4), 1-10.

  • 2016, 'Vyandsliefde of geweld, Oor die politiek van die historiese Jesus', Acta Theologica 36(2), 92-124.

  • 2016, 'Caring for the needy in the Acts of the Apostles', Neotestamentica 50(3) (Special edn.), 131-165. https://doi.org/10.1353/neo.2016.0022

  • 2017, 'Royal care for the poor in Israel's first history: The Royal Law (Deuteronmy 17:14-20), Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10), Samuel's warning (1 Samuel 8:10-18), David's attitude (2 Samuel 24:10-24) and Ahab and Naboth (1 Kings 21) in intertext', Scriptura 116(2) (Special edn.), 160-174.

  • 2017, 'Reflecting on Jesus' teaching on humility from a positive psychological perspective', Neotestamentica 51(1), 95-111. https://doi.org/10.1353/neo.2017.0005

  • 2018, 'Vrede te midde van geweld: Verskeie perspektiewe in die twaalf klein profete', Acta Theologica Suppl. 26, 187-205.

  • 2018, 'Allegorising Song of Song's most erotic parts: Judaism, Calvinism, Lutheranism', Old Testament Essays 31(3), 737-758.

Unpublished papers

  • 1996, 'On the origins of Israel', paper presented at OTWSA, Stellenbosch.

  • 1997, 'Taal, werklikheid en die Bybel', paper presented to Interested Group at Pretoria Municipality.

  • 2000, 'Archaeology and the late dating of the Old Testament', paper presented at OTSSA meeting at UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2006, 'Poverty in the parable of Lazarus and in Luke-Acts', paper presented at Stellenbosch University.

  • 2008, 'Four "biblical" artifacts in British Museum', paper presented at the South African Ancient Near Eastern Society, University of Pretoria.

  • 2010, 'Jungian psychological Biblical criticism: Its possibilities and limitations', paper presented at meeting of South African Association for the Study of Religions, Bloemfontein.

  • 2011, 'Nudity in early Christianity: Searching to interpret Thomas 37', paper presented at Colloquium Biblicum, Leuven.

  • 2012, 'Caring for the as an afterthought? Reflecting on Galatians 2:10', paper presented at Galatians conference, Bloemfontein.

  • 2013, 'Of Paul in contemporary Jewish context - In dialogue with H J Schoeps', paper presented at Colloquium Biblicum, Leuven.

  • 2014, 'Was the dancing Shulamite an erotic dancer? Reflecting on the interpretation of SoS (Heb) 7:1', paper presented at Song of Song conference, UNISA, Pretoria.

  • 2015, 'Die historiese Jesus en Nelson Mandela: 'n Besinning oor die moontlikheid van 'n vergelyking', paper presented at NTSSA, Bloemfontein.

  • 2015, 'Jurie le Roux: Master of many academic trades', paper presented at Pro Psalms conference, University of Pretoria.

  • 2015, 'Archaeology, geography and the understanding of Song of Songs', paper presented at OTWSA conference, UNISA, Kwalata.

  • 2015, 'Jesus and the law of the Pentateuch', paper presented at Pro Pent conference, Bass Lake, CA.

  • 2015, 'The study of the Pentateuch: Exploring a thematic approach', paper presented at Pro Pent conference, Bass Lake, CA.

  • 2016, 'Consolation after severe bereavement: The Ruth story as bibliotherapy', paper presented at SBL conference in Seoul, Korea.

  • 2016, 'Jesus, politics and Qumran', paper presented at IOSOT conference, Stellenbosch.

  • 2017, 'In search of the personality of Jesus', paper presented at SBL conference in Berlin.

  • 2018, 'The when and where of sex in Song of Songs', paper presented at Colloquium Biblicum, Leuven.

  • 2018, 'Reflecting on the concept of "gratitude" from a positive psychological perspective', paper presented at the SBL conference in Helsinki.

  • 2018, 'Sex in Genesis 1-3', paper presented at Pro Pent Seminar, Bass Lake, CA.

  • 2019, 'Reflecting on the concept of "love" from a positive psychological perspective', paper presented at the SBL conference in Rome.

  • 2019, 'Art in Genesis', paper presented at Pro Pent Seminar, Bass Lake, CA.

 

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Correspondence:
Andries van Aarde
andries.vanaarde@aosis.co.za

 

 

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