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 (http://blog.gtfeducation.org/graduate-theological-foundation-christo-lombaard-krister-stendahl-medal-biblical-studies-south-africa/).
A free e-copy of it may be downloaded here: http://ivbs.sbl-site.org/uploads/SBL%20book%20%28final%20edit%29.pdf
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 / http://litnet.co.za/assets/pdf/Lombaard_9_3_GOW1.pdf
- (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 / www.oulitnet.co.za/akademies_geestes/pdf/LA_8.1/LA_8_1h_lombaard_froneman.pdf.
- (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 / www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/185/701.
- Orgasms and hallelujahs, or, Christian Spirituality and sexuality – a missionary position. Missionalia 2009, 37/1, 103-123.