New Testament Society of Southern Africa

New Testament Society
of Southern Africa

The vision of the NTSSA is to be the scholarly home for those committed to the research and teaching of the New Testament and related writings, primarily in the context of South Africa and the African continent.

  • academic excellence
  • the free flow of information and healthy debate
  • tolerance for various viewpoints and approaches
  • interdisciplinarity
  • equity
  • mutual support
  • diversity as an asset and
  • transparency.





The purpose of the Society is to encourage, develop and support scholarship and research in the field of New Testament and early Christian studies and related disciplines, specifically within the South African context, to stimulate effective teaching, to promote publication in the field, and to offer its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.

How to become an NTSSA member

  • Click on “Apply” (new members) or “Register” (returning members)
  • Choose the fee in accordance with the Society’s sliding scale fee structure
  • Click on “Checkout”
  • Follow the steps to complete your order
  • Membership is active for one year (from date of application) upon which you need to renew

Once this website registration is completed, the new member has access to all the content available on the Society’s website, including information on conferences, minutes of meetings, the NTSSA membership list, and current and back issues of the Society’s journal – Neotestamentica.

Members are eligible to present papers at the Society’s annual conference and to receive financial assistance from the Scholars’ Development Fund in order to be able to attend conferences and workshops. Members have voting rights when they are present at business meetings, whether in-person or virtual.

Neotestamentica is the Journal of the NTSSA, which has been published annually since 1966 and currently provides two issues per annum with a total of about 450 pages. The journal showcases South African and African scholarship, including the publishing of contributions from the annual conference of the NTSSA. Submissions by international experts in the field of New Testament are also most welcome. A critical book review section is included in each issue. The journal has 125 print subscribers Around 75 of these represent international libraries in prestigious universities worldwide. Of the latter many are now moving from print to electronic subscription. Members of the NTSSA, also, have opted to start reading their journal electronically. They have free online access to the Neotestamentica homepage on the Project Muse platform.

Books for Review

Books for review are available in the categories below. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Philip du Toit at

A book review is an important part of an academic’s publication portfolio. Apart from introducing new research, a book review showcases the reviewer’s expertise. The benefit of a book review in Neotestamentica is the fact that the full text of a book review may be distributed publicly, immediately after publication. A book review in Neotestamentica can thus be uploaded to academic social media platforms to enhance the exposure of an academic’s publication profile. Internet searches on book reviews normally tend to draw more attention than specialised articles.

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General Letters


Pauline Letters or Related


Board of Executives


Marius Nel
Stellenbosch University


Gertrud Tonsing
Lutheran Theological Institute


Petra Dijkhuizen
University of the Free State

Journal Editor

Pieter Botha
University of South Africa

Development Officer

Paul Adebayo
Stellenbosch University

Media Officer

Joel Brown
Stellenbosch University

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