Christo Lombaard


Christo Lombaard is professor of Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa, in Pretoria. His research specialisms include Biblical Spirituality, Post-secularism, Spirituality Theory, Sexuality and Spirituality (including Song of Songs), Communications Media and Spirituality, the patriarchs of ancient Israel and Pentateuch Theory. He holds doctorates in Communications (North-West University, Potchefstroom) and Old Testament Studies (University of Pretoria). He is a National Research Foundation rated researcher, and as such he is a regular speaker at South African and international conferences.

His most accessible publication is The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality (Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Krister Stendahl medal for Bible scholarship by the Graduate Theological Federation, USA (

A free e-copy of it may be downloaded here:

Some other publications include:

  • Mysticism and Understanding: Murmurs of Meaning (fullness) – Unheard Silences of Psalm 1. Old Testament Essays 2014, 27/2 (special edition for Harry van Rooy), 472-488;
  • Dating and debating: late patriarchs and early canon. Scriptura 2014, 113/1, 1-10;
  • (with D. Biernot, Institute for Jewish Studies, Charles University, Prague)  מֵישָׁרִים in Song of Songs 1:4: a new understanding. Journal for Semitics 2014, 23/2;
  • Mysticism and mind in Welby’s significs. Semiotica 2013, 196, 365–379 ;
  • Om die Skrif tot stilte te bring… Gewaarwordinge oor Afrikaanse Bybelse spiritualiteit. Litnet Akademies (Godsdienswetenskappe) 2012, 9/3, 929-951 /
  • (with J Froneman, School for Communication Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus) ’n Kritiese evaluering van godsdienstige verwysings in berigte oor misdaad en ongelukke in Beeld en Rapport. Litnet Akademies  2011, 8/1, 166-184 /
  • (with ME Rabe, Dept. of Sociology, University of South Africa) “Give us this day our daily bread” – Clergy’s lived religion in Pretoria central areas (= part of NRF “Family resilience and wellbeing in South Africa” project, Dept. of Sociology, University of Johannesburg & Unisa Brightside community involvement project). Acta Theologica 31/2, 241-263.
  • Biblical Spirituality and human rights.  Old Testament Essays 2011, 24/1, 74-93.
  • Having faith in the university? Aspects of the relationship between religion and the university, in: Venter, R (ed.) 2011. Faith, religion and the public university (Acta Theologica Supplementum 14), 49-65.
    • Two approaches to life in the Second Temple Period: Deuteronomy and Qoheleth. HTS Theological Studies 2009, 65/1, Art. #185, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.185 /
    • Orgasms and hallelujahs, or, Christian Spirituality and sexuality – a missionary position. Missionalia 2009, 37/1, 103-123.