The respective research focus areas and research projects of the five departments of the Faculty of Theology and Religion are aligned with the four research themes of the Faculty, namely Religion and Sustainable Development, Inclusive cities/communities, Religion and Science, and Economy, ecology and theology.
The five departments’ research focus areas and research projects are the following:
New Testament and Related Literature
The research focus areas of the Department are the social-scientific study of the New Testament, the post-colonial reading of ancient texts, African hermeneutics, rhetorical culture (a study of orality and its implications for biblical texts), and the abductive reading of ancients texts as hermeneutical approach. Flowing from these foci, the members of the Department currently are facilitating the following research projects: the parables of Jesus, healing in the New Testament, ancient identities and identity formation, embodiment as religious expression, a ritual/functional analysis of New Testament texts, and sexuality in the New Testament.
Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures
Practical Theology and Mission Studies
Systematic and Historical Theology