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
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8919-538X
- humanities commons page: https://hcommons.org/members/hszesnat
- academia.edu page: ptc.academia.edu/HolgerSzesnat
- personal homepage: holgerszesnat.wordpress.com
- 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
- The parables of Jesus
- John’s Apocalypse
- Social and cultural aspects of antiquity and the present, including issues of sexuality and gender
- Christian anarchism
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.