About the Author(s)

Andries G. van Aarde Email symbol
HTS Theological Studies, AOSIS, Cape Town, South Africa

Wessel Bentley symbol
Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa

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Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa


Van Aarde, A.G., Bentley, W. & Molobi, V., 2019, ‘Editorial – Christina Landman Festschrift’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(1), a5880. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5880


Editorial – Christina Landman Festschrift

Andries G. van Aarde, Wessel Bentley, Victor Molobi

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Curriculum vitae of Christina Landman

Personal information

Christina Landman is the first South Africa-born woman who became a professor of theology at a South African university. She is currently a full professor affiliated with the Research Institute for Theology and Religion at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. She is a National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researcher and serves as the editor-in-chief of ASSAf’s (Academy of Science of South Africa) SciELO SA’s accredited scholarly journal Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, the journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Oral History Journal of South Africa, the scholarly journal of the Oral History Association of Southern Africa (OHASA). She is a member of the President of the Republic of South Africa’s Advisory Committee for National Orders, member of the EXCOM (Executive Committee) of the OHASA and an ordained pastor in the Uniting Reformed Church (Dullstroom). She is also a part-time pastor in Rustenburg-Karlienpark, the chairperson of the Presbytery of Saulspoort and an Actuarius of the General Synod of URCSA (Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa).

Formal education

Christina Landman was born on 08 February 1956 in Pretoria. She obtained five distinctions in her final year at the Lyttelton High School in 1973. She subsequently obtained seven degrees (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa:

1976 BA
1977 BA (Hons) Greek
1980 BD (Script: ‘Aspects of the exegetical method of Augustine’)
1981 MA (Greek): ‘The use of non-Christian literary sources in the Church History of Eusebius of Caesarea’
1987 DTh (Church History): ‘The use of Scripture in the Tractatus de regia potestate et sacerdotali dignitate of Hugo Floriacensis’
1988 BA (Hons) Latin
1990 Postgraduate Diploma in Translation
2007 DTh (Pastoral Therapy): ‘Doing narrative counselling in the context of township spiritualities’.
Professional positions

She was appointed in various positions in the Department of Church History at the University of South Africa in 1980:

1980 Junior lecturer
1981 Lecturer
1984 Senior lecturer
1991 Associate Professor – This was the first time a South Africa-born woman became a professor of theology at a South African university
2002 Professor, Research Institute for Theology and Religion.
Awards and achievements
  • In 2004, she won the Christian Booksellers of South Africa ‘Book of the Year Award’ for Leefstyl-Bybel vir Vroue.
  • In 2007 she won ‘The Most Published Woman at Unisa (2005)’ Award.
  • She has published 80 scientific articles and submitted papers at 89 national and international conferences.
  • During 1988, 1991 and 1992, she studied in Germany and in the Netherlands with bursaries from the University of South Africa.
  • During 2001 she held a Domestic Travel Grant as well as a Grant for a Foreign Study Visit.
  • During 2003–2004 she worked as an Independent Prison Visitor in the Pretoria Female Prison at the request of the Inspecting Judge of Prisons.
  • She also worked as a voluntary counsellor at Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville from 2000 to 2007 in preparation of her second doctoral degree.
  • During R&D leave in 2008 she conducted a research project in the Lowveld amongst farmworkers, entitled ‘Concepts of illness and healing amongst farmworkers in the Hoedspruit area’.
  • On 18 May 2008, she was ordained as a pastor in the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa (Dullstroom). In September 2010, she was elected as Actuarius of the Northern Synod of URCSA (Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa). In 2018 she was elected as Actuarius of the General Synod of URCSA.
Academic scholarly societies
  • Member of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, and editor of its subject journal Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
  • Member of the Society for Practical Theology in Southern Africa
  • Member of the Southern African Missiological Society
  • EXCOM member of the OHASA, and editor of its subject journal Oral History Journal of South Africa
  • Member of the International Oral History Association.
Publications: 1996–2018
Full-length articles published in accredited journals
  • 1996, ‘The religious Krotoa’, Kronos 23, 22–35.
  • 1996, ‘Johan Heyns and the class of ’51 – Prolegomena to a story of people who got hurt’, Skrif en Kerk 2(17), 347–358.
  • 1996, ‘Waar is al die vroue heen? Die lot van vroue in die Middeleeue na die verbod op priesterhuwelike’, Religion and Theology 3(3), 297–306. https://doi.org/10.1163/157430196X00266
  • 1997, ‘Anna Comnena’s concept of woman’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 8(1), 105–114. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.1997.11745885
  • 1997, ‘Religious women and transformation’, Journal of Constructive Theology 2(2), 18.
  • 1998, ‘A story of Christian piety in South Africa’, Missionalia 26(3), 358–377.
  • 1998, ‘The implementation of Biblical Hermeneutics’, AMKA 4, 14–20.
  • 1998, ‘The implementation of Biblical Hermeneutics’, AfricaBib 4, 14–20.
  • 1999, ‘Heaven and its relevance’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 10, 152–163.
  • 1999, ‘Telling sacred stories: Eersterust and the forced removals of the 1960s’, Religion and Theology 6(3), 415–427. https://doi.org/10.1163/157430199X00254
  • 2000, ‘Augustine speaks with a pastoral heart: The public discourse on sexuality in Augustine’s time’, Acta Patristica et Pyzantina 11(1), 159–166.
  • 2000, ‘Spiritual women in South Africa’, Religion and Theology 7(2), 230–237.
  • 2001, ‘Free to be moral or moral free? Poststructuralism and the deconstruction of moral discourses’, Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR), Conference Proceedings, 41–54.
  • 2001, ‘Partnership in language’, Journal for the Study of Religion 14(2), 25–31.
  • 2002, ‘References to the Old Testament in women’s stories of suffering’, Old Testament Essays 15(1), 85–98.
  • 2002, ‘Heloise (1100–1163) and the formation of religious identity’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 13(1), 177–186. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2002.11745709
  • 2003, ‘Black women’s life stories as sources for teaching Church history’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 29(1), 247–265 (with V. Molobi).
  • 2003, ‘The gospel according to Mary Magdalene’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 14(1), 176–185.
  • 2004, ‘Women healers in Atteridgeville: Research method and findings’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 30(1), 205–221.
  • 2004, ‘Women and (c)overt power’, Theologia Viatorum 28(1), 56–69.
  • 2004, ‘Agnes Blannbekin (d 1315): Lay female mysticism as a source of indigenous knowledge’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 15, 219–232. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2004.11745743
  • 2005, ‘“Leefstyl-Bybel vir vroue”: Afrikaans-speaking women amidst a paradigm shift’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31(1), 147–162.
  • 2005, ‘Vroue in die teologiese antropologie van die Afrikaanse gereformeerde tradisie’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31(1), 203–222 (with M.-A. Plaatjies).
  • 2005, ‘Die teologiese bestuur van morele intelligensie’, Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 45(3), 307–316.
  • 2005, ‘Sexuality and spirituality in a South African female correctional centre’, Scriptura 88(3), 789–798.
  • 2005, ‘Feminist responses to the historical and current influences of belief on sexual relationships’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31(2), 237–268 (with M.M. Pieterse).
  • 2005, ‘The body as a site of relationship in the Sermones super Cantica Canticorum of Bernard of Clairvaux (d 1153)’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 16, 233–244. https://doi.org/10.1080/10226486.2005.11745758
  • 2006, ‘Can justice be embodied in sexist language? A challenge to the confession of Belhar’, Ned Geref Teologiese Tydskrif 47(1–2), 283–291.
  • 2006, ‘Educating the body of the female child: Feminisms in dialogue with Jerome (d 420)’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32(1), 147–161.
  • 2006, ‘The incarcerated body: Judicial inspections, human rights and religious policy in prisons in South Africa’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32(2), 321–343.
  • 2006, ‘Christinah Nku and St John’s: One hundred years later’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32(3), 1–32.
  • 2006, ‘Kulturele en teologiese lyne as die fondament van die vroegste Christendom’, Acta Patristica et Byzantina 27, 272–294.
  • 2007, ‘Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye: Mother of our stories’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 33(1), 197–204.
  • 2007, ‘Die spiritualiteit van die bruinmense van Suurbraak: Gister, vandag en more’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 33(2), 167–195 (with C.D. Flaendorp).
  • 2007, ‘Religion as a means of preventing injury and promoting safety: Christian discourses on embodiment as safety discourses’, African Safety Promotion 5(2), 17–31.
  • 2008, ‘Hi/stories of gender in/justice’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 34(Suppl), 161–180.
  • 2008, ‘Farm ministries in the Hoedspruit area: Past and present’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 34(2), 187–201.
  • 2008, ‘The healing of intimate spaces through the deconstruction of religious discourses: Co-constructing alternative stories of faith in the context of township spiritualities’, Practical Theology in South Africa 22(3), 201–218.
  • 2008, ‘A theology for the older, female HIV-infected body’, Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 37(1), 52–67. https://doi.org/10.1163/157254308X251340
  • 2009, ‘Calvinism and South African women – A short historical overview’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 35(2), 89–102.
  • 2009, ‘The history and future of training faith leaders for participation in employee assistance programmes’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 35(Suppl.), 99–115.
  • 2010, ‘Simon Maimela as public theologian of the 1980s and 1990s’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36(Suppl.), 49–65.
  • 2010, ‘Religious memory and healing: The oral historian as healer in three South African contexts’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36(3), 207–217.
  • 2011, ‘Soccer prayers as a means of teaching religious values’, Commonwealth Youth and Development 9(2), 79–94 (with M. Madise).
  • 2011, A public theology for intimate spaces’, International Journal of Public Theology 5(1), 63–77. https://doi.org/10.1163/156973211X543742
  • 2012, ‘Traumatised between culture and religion: Women’s stories’, HTS Theological Studies 68(2), a1147. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i2.1147
  • 2013, ‘Lindiwe Myeza: Unfreezing the walking voice’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 38(2), 1–8.
  • 2013, ‘The (de)construction of religious identity in oral history research in South Africa’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39(1), 247–259.
  • 2013, ‘Safe spaces for women in the church: The case of Dullstroom-Emnotweni’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39(2), 169–184.
  • 2013, ‘Talking hope: Dirkie Smit and public theology’, Ned Geref Teol Tydskrif 54(5), 168–178.
  • 2014, ‘The church as a HIV competent faith community: An assessment of the Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa’s churches. Channels of hope training’, Verbum et Ecclesia 35(2), 6.
  • 2014, ‘The piety of German women in South Africa’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40(2), 143–153.
  • 2014, ‘With Lufuluvhi M Mudimeli: The vhusadzi theology of ministry’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40(Suppl.), 269–283.
  • 2014, ‘Overcoming fragmentation and waste in health care systems in Africa: Collaboration of health care professionals with pastoral caregivers’, HTS Theological Studies 70(2), a2654. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.2654 (with E. Agbiji).
  • 2014, ‘With Emem Agbiji: Health and health care in a Nigerian historical context’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40(1), 233–249.
  • 2015, ‘Youth on the margins as agents of change? The call for the opening of mines in Dullstroom-Emnotweni based on the Freedom Charter (1955)’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 41(1), 156–168, https://doi.org/10.17159/2412-4265/2015/v41n1a11
  • Landman, C., 2016, ‘Views on religious healing: Albert Schweitzer and Africa’, in I.J.J. Spangenberg & C. Landman (eds.), The legacies of Albert Schweitzer reconsidered (Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Book Series 1), pp. 300–326, AOSIS, Cape Town. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/aosis.2016.tlasr11.11
  • 2016, ‘Constructing the self in later life: The life story of Selaelo Thias Kgatla (1949-)’, Theological Studies 72(1), a4210. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.4210
  • 2016, ‘With Don Williams, The experiences of thirteen women ministers of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 42(1), 159–171. https://doi.org/10.25159/2412-4265/1099
  • 2016, ‘Heterosexuell erotisierte Beziehungsgeflechte in der Mission’, Verbum et Ecclesia 37(1), 1–10. (with M. Kessler).
  • 2017, ‘Women flying with God: Allan Boesak’s contribution to the liberation of women of faith in South Africa’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 43(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.17159/2412-4265/2017/2720
  • 2017, ‘Africanity and research: A case study in rural South Africa’, HTS Theological Studies 73(4), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4775 (with H. Yates).
  • 2018, ‘“The church should teach us to do respect”: Voices from rural youth in Mpumalanga, South Africa’, HTS Theological Studies 74(3), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5272 (with H. Yates).
  • 2018, ‘The church should teach us to do respect: Voices from rural youth in Mpumalanga, South Africa’, HTS Theological Studies 74(3), a5272. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5272 (with H. Yates).
  • 2018, ‘Faces of religious healing in Nkhoma, Malawi: An exercise in oral history’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 44(3), 1–17.
  • 2019, ‘Faces of religious healing in Nkhoma, Malawi: An exercise in oral history’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 44(3), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.25159/24124265/5n5
  • 2019, ‘Men serving long-term sentences in Zonderwater correctional centre, South Africa: Religious identity and behavioural change’, HTS Theological Studies 75(3), a5274. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5274 (with H.J. Ncongwane & T. Pieterse).
  • Landman, C. & Pieterse, T., 2019, ‘(Re)constructing God to find meaning in suffering: Men serving long-term sentences in Zonderwater’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 75(4), a5520. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5520
  • 2019, ‘A woman’s journey with the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa: 25 years’, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 45(3). https://doi.org/10.25159/2412-4265/6732
  • Rudolph, E.C. & Landman, C., 2019, ‘Exploring Uniting Reformed Church of South Africa African pastors’ well-being, calling and healing: An interactive qualitative analysis’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5539. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5539
  • 2019, ‘Towards the inculturation of marriage rituals in the National Baptist Convention of Zimbabwe’, HTS Theological Studies (with S. Shumba), [to be released].
Articles published in non-accredited, (inter)national journals/books
  • 2004, ‘Een nieuw bijbelkommentaar in het Zuid-Afrikaans verschaft een nieuwe visie voor Afrikaner vrouwen’, Wereld en Zending 4.
  • 2005, ‘Seelsorgliche Begleitung von Frauen mit HIV/AIDS’, in K. Heidemanns & M. Moerschbacher (Hg.), Gott vertrauen? AIDS und Theologie im südlichen Afrika, Herder, Freiburg, Basel, Wien.
  • 2008, ‘A theology for the older, female HIV-infected body’, Exchange 37, 52–67.
  • 2009, ‘Religious identity of migrant farm workers in Hoedspruit, South Africa’, Forum Mission 5, 171–185.
  • A theology for the recession, discourse: Recession: An in-depth look into the realities behind the news, pp. 49–43, University of Johannesburg.
Articles in books/journals (a selection)
  • 2004, ‘Spiritual care-giving to women affected by HIV/AIDS’, in I. Phiri & S. Nadar (eds.), African women, HIV/AIDS and faith communities, Cluster, Pietermaritzburg.
  • 2004, ‘The Bible as a source of healing for women affected by HIV/AIDS’, in M.A. Oduyoye & E. Amoah (eds.), People of faith and the challenge of HIV/AIDS, pp. 301–312, Sefer, Ibadan.
  • 2005, ‘Seelsorgliche Begleitung von Frauen mit HIV/AIDS’, in K. Heidemanns & M. Moerschbacher (eds.), Gott vertrauen? AIDS und Theologie im südlichen Africa, pp. 233–251, Herder, Freiburg, Basel, Wien.
  • 2007, ‘Spiritual healing as an indigenous knowledge system’, in C.W. du Toit (ed), The impact of knowledge systems on human development in Africa, pp. 201–208, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2007, ‘Women embodying public theology’, in L.D. Hansen (ed.), Christian in public. Aims, methodologies and issues in public theology, Beyers Naude Centre Series for Public Theology 3, pp. 201–208, Sun Press, Stellenbosch.
  • 2010, ‘Die situasie is hopeloos, maar nie ernstig nie: Die geskiedenis en toekoms van die huwelik’, in C. Jones (ed.), Kan ons nie maar net saambly nie? Bybelse perspektiewe op liggaamlikheid, seks en die huwelik in nuwe tye, pp. 21–30, Bybel-Media, Wellington.
  • 2010, ‘Op reis met my preek’, in D. Bester, J. Cilliers & I. Nell (eds.), Teen my sin en beterwete: Kantaantekeninge oor preek en preekmaak, pp. 9–18, Bybel-Media, Wellington.
Author/editor of the following books
  • 1985, Windows on origins.
  • 1991, Europe’s role in a South African methodology.
  • 1994, The piety of Afrikaans women.
  • 1996, Digging up our foremothers: Stories of women in Africa.
  • 1997, A preliminary bibliography of published material on the AICs.
  • 1999, The piety of South African women.
  • 2009, Township spiritualities and counseling.
  • 2016, Disability in Africa: Resource book for theology and religious studies, Acton Publishers (with S. Kabue & J. Amanze).
  • 1996, Wat nou van Isebel? Verhale van vroue in die Bybel, Lux Verbi.
  • 1998, Nagstukke, Lux Verbi.
  • 1999, Lirieke van die liefde, Lux Verbi.
  • 2000, Woorde wat heel maak, Lux Verbi.
  • 2001, Vryers en vennote: verhoudings in die Bybel, Struik.
  • 2001, Passion and partnership in the Bible, Struik.
  • 2003, Leefstyl-Bybel vir Vroue, Lux Verbi.
  • 2003, Reach for life, Lux Verbi.
  • 2005, Platgeslaan, opgestaan, Lux Verbi.
  • 2006, Donkermaan, volmaan, Lux Verbi.
  • 2008, Jou dink nuut gids oor seerkry, Carpe Diem.
  • 2008, God gee die môre-ster, Lux Verbi.
  • 2009, Hoogtyd vir ‘n hoë lied, Aktua Pers.
  • 2011, Ek is … waardevol, Christelike Lektuurfonds.


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