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
- 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
- The use of computers for the study of theology
- Christian anarchism
Recent publications (since 2000)
This list does not include short book reviews. A complete list dating back to 1993 may be found at Holger Szesnat’s academia.edu page: ptc.academia.edu/HolgerSzesnat
- “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).
- “‘Some Witnesses Have …’: The Representation of the New Testament Text in English Bible Versions.” TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 12 (2007).
- “Who Knows? Wikipedia, Teaching and Research.” SBL Forum 4.9 (2006).
- “‘Silently Farting in the Face of the Empire’: Review of Paul and the Imperial Roman Order, ed. Richard A. Horsley, Harrisburg, Pa: Trinity Press International, 2004.” Political Theology 7, no. 1 (2006): 101-08.
- “Review of Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics: An Introduction by Manfred Oeming.” Neotestamentica 40.2 (2006), 431-434.
- “Review of Worlds of Memory and Wisdom: Encounters of Jews and African Christians, ed. Jean Halpérin & Hans Ucko.” Theology 109.851 (2006), 375-376.
- “Representing ‘the Text’ in Pacific Bible Translations.” Pacific Journal of Theology 26 (2001) 21-54.
- [Ernst, M. & Szesnat, H.] “Der Inselstaat ist tief gespalten.” Der Überblick: Zeitschrift für Ökumenische Begegnung und Internationale Zusammenarbeit 36.3 (2000), 80-85.
Courses Written for PTCEE
- BD: Introduction to the Bible (2008)
- BD: Academic Skills I (2013, in progress)
- BD: Academic Skills II (2013, in progress)
- BD: Introduction to Exegesis (2013, in progress)
- BD: Synoptic Gospels and Acts (2013, in progress)
Courses Taught at PTC (since 2010)
- Greek Reading (every year since 2011)
- Greek I & II (BD) (every year since 2010)
- Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation I & II (2014, 2015)
- Social Analysis (BD, 15%)
- Paul (MTh) (2014)
- Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles (BD) (2013)
- Biblical Interpretation (MTh) (2013) (shared course: 50%)
- Biblical Hermeneutics (MTh) (2013) (shared course: 50%)
- Community Bible Study for Social Transformation (UgCert) (2013) (shared course: 50%)
- Didactics of Biblical Studies (MTh) (2013) (shared course: 50%)
- Leadership & Management: Biblical Foundations (Women’s Programme) (2012)
- Hebrew I & II (BD) (2012)
- Academic Skills I & II (BD) (2012)
- Academic Skills (MTh) (2012)
- Research Skills (MTh) (2012)
- Interpreting the Scriptures (MTh) (2012)
- Introduction to Exegesis (BD) (2012)
- Hebrew I (BD) (2011)
- Pauline Literature (BD) (2011)
- Interpreting the Scriptures (MTh) (2011)
- Birth and Passion Narratives (MTh) (2011)
- Hebrew Prophets (MTh) (2011)
- Amos and the Prophets (BD) (2011)
- Luke-Acts / Gospels (BD) (2010)
- Social Analysis (BD) (2010) (shared course: 50%)
- Exegesis, Context, Text (MTh) (2010) (shared course: 50%)
- The Sermon on the Mount (MTh) (2010)
- Johannine Literature (BD) (2010)
- Paul’s Metaphors for Ministry (MTh) (2010)
- Sociology of Religion (MTh) (2010) (shared course: 20%)
Last updated 22 April 2016.