Prof. Holger Szesnat

Holger Szesnat (2017)

Dr Szesnat serves the College as Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages, as well Head of the Department of Biblical Studies.

At PTC: September 1998 – August 2001, and again since January 2010.

Born and raised in Germany, Holger took up theological studies there (1984-1987) before moving to South Africa (1987-1998), where he completed postgraduate work in New Testament Studies. He taught at a number of South African universities before taking up an offer to work at PTC (1998-2001), where he taught New Testament in 1998-1999, and then directed the PTC Education by Extension programme (2000-2001). He left PTC in September 2001 for family reasons and taught Biblical Studies at the Eastern Region Ministry Course, based in Cambridge, UK (2001-2009). While in the UK, he also served part-time as an Affiliated Lecturer at the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge (2001-2009), and as an external examiner for a Certificate programme in theology for ministry at the University of Oxford (2005-2009). He returned to PTC in January 2010 to teach New Testament Studies. From July 2012 till April 2016, he additionally served as the Academic Dean of the College.

Contact & Other Websites

Educational Qualifications

  • B.A. (Hons.) (Biblical Studies) (with distinction), 1990, University of Natal
  • M.A. (Theological Studies; focus: Biblical Studies) (with distinction), 1992, University of Natal
  • Ph.D. (Theological Studies; focus: Biblical Studies), 1999, University of Natal

[The University of Natal (South Africa) subsequently merged with other institutions to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal.]

Research & Teaching Interests

Research interests include (in no particular order):

  • Biblical hermeneutics
  • Methodology of Biblical interpretation
  • Community Bible Study for Social Transformation
  • Paul
  • The parables of Jesus
  • John’s Apocalypse
  • Social and cultural aspects of antiquity and the present, including issues of sexuality and gender
  • Christian anarchism

Recent publications

This list is not comprehensive. Further publications, dating back to 1993, may be found at Holger Szesnat’s hcommons page (https://hcommons.org/members/hszesnat), or at his academia.edu page (ptc.academia.edu/HolgerSzesnat).

  • “Bible Study on Economic Justice: Luke 19:11–28”. Pacific Journal of Theology 56 (2017).
  • “Gender-Based Violence and Ephesians 5: Reflections on the Ethics, Hermeneutics and Didactics of a Community Bible Study in Suva, Fiji.” In Oceanic Voyages in Theology and Theological Education: Reflections and Reminiscences in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Pacific Theological College, edited by Feleterika Nokise and Holger Szesnat, 133-168. Suva, Fiji Islands: Pacific Theological College (2015).
  • “A Church-State Covenant on the Environment?” Pacific Journal of Theology 44 (2010) 30-56; corrected reprint in issue 46 (2011).

Courses Written for PTCEE

  • BD: Introduction to the Bible (2008)

Supervision at PTC

  • One successfully completed PhD dissertation.
  • About 15 successfully completed MTh theses.

Courses Taught at PTC (since 2010)

  • Greek Reading (every year, thoughout the year, since 2010)
  • Greek I & II (B) (every year since 2010)
  • Biblical Exegesis (B) (2018)
  • Canonical Gospels (M) (2018)
  • Empire and Biblical Interpretation (M) (2018)
  • Studies in the Letters attributed to Paul (M) (2017)
  • Apocalyptic Literature (M) (2017) (shared course: 50%)
  • Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics 1 & 2 (M) (2017) (course 2: shared, 50%)
  • Ecumenism and Interfaith Studies 2 (B) (15%) (2017)
  • John, James, and Revelation (B) (2017)
  • Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics 1 & 2 (M) (2016) (course 2: shared, 50%)
  • Empire and Biblical Studies (M) (2016) (shared course: 50%)
  • Introduction to Synoptic Gospels and Acts (B) (2015)
  • Introduction to the Study of Paul (B) (2016)
  • Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics 1 & 2 (M) (2015)
  • Apocalyptic Literature (M) (2015)
  • Social Analysis (B) (2015) (shared course: 20%)
  • Introduction to the Study of the Writings (B) (2014)
  • John, James, and Revelation (B) (2014)
  • Studies in the Letters attributed to Paul (M) (2014)
  • Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics 1 & 2 (M) (2014)
  • Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles (B) (2013)
  • Community Bible Study for Social Transformation (B) (2013) (shared course: 50%)
  • Didactics of Biblical Studies (M 2013) (shared course: 50%)
  • Social Analysis (B) (2012) (shared course: 20%)
  • Introduction to Exegesis (B) (2012)
  • Biblical Interpretation and the Theological Disciplines (M) (2012)
  • Hebrew I & II (B) (2012)
  • Academic Skills I & II (B) (2012)
  • Academic Skills (M) (2012)
  • Research Skills (M) (2012) (shared course; 80%)
  • Pauline Literature (B) (2011)
  • Interpreting the Scriptures (M) (2011)
  • Birth and Passion Narratives (M) (2011)
  • Hebrew Prophets (M) (2011)
  • Amos and the Prophets (B) (2011)
  • Luke-Acts / Gospels (B) (2010)
  • Social Analysis (B) (2010) (shared course: 50%)
  • Exegesis, Context, Text (M) (2010) (shared course: 50%)
  • The Sermon on the Mount (M) (2010)
  • Johannine Literature (B) (2010)
  • Paul’s Metaphors for Ministry (M) (2010)
  • Sociology of Religion (M) (2010) (shared course: 20%)
Last updated 7 December 2018.
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