Original Research - Special Collection: P.M. Venter Dedication

Pro Pent: A project for the study of the Pentateuch in South Africa

Jurie le Roux
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1277 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1277 | © 2012 Jurie le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 June 2012 | Published: 05 December 2012

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Jurie le Roux, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article focused on Pro Pent (or the Project for the Study of the Pentateuch) which was established in August 2000 after professor Eckart Otto from the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich visited the University of Pretoria (UP). Pro Pent is a joint project of UP and the LMU and since 2001 annual seminars drive the initiative. These seminars are held in Pretoria and sometimes in Munich. Pro Pent is now an established international study group on the Pentateuch. In order to understand Pro Pent in the South African context, the article briefly discussed the work of previous South African Pentateuch scholars like John William Colenso, Johannes du Plessis and Ferdinand Deist. Their contributions were firstly assessed before Pro Pent’s contribution to the study of the Pentateuch was discussed and its relevancy for the South African context assessed, and highlight Pro Pent’s intention to be relevant.


Pentateuch; Pro Pent; Eckart Otto; narrated time; time of narration


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