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
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.