Theology as a science shows an integrated and a multi-faceted character. This character is built by the perspectives of its different subject disciplines in their interconnectedness and relation to Theology as whole and with scholarship/sciences beyond Theology. Despite the relative autonomy of every sub-discipline, there is a mutual obligation on them all to build the Sache of Theology – a process that is always incomplete and underway. This pertains to OT scholarship too. The future of Old Testament Studies is embedded in the future of all other theological disciplines. As a single discipline Old Testament Studies cannot exist and function independently. By saying this, it is inevitable to assume that Old Testament Studies at any Faculty of Theology has interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary relationships.
This Department aims to present, within the context of the Faculty of Theology, the international community of Old Testament scholars and the citizens of Africa:
Excellent education in the Old Testament Studies,
Distinctive and internationally recognised research, and
Meaningful service to various faith communities.
Social Development Month (October) - 22/10/2014
Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.
Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
Limpopo Province produces 66% of the total annual tonnage of tomatoes grown in South Africa. The province is also deemed particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, partly because it is exposed to extreme weather events. A new study demonstrates the extent to which current climate change scenarios are likely to impact tomato production and proposes possible methods for farmers to mitigate the impact.
Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.