New Testament Workshop

Saturday 27 April 2019



How to study the Gospels to discover the truth about Jesus and his Good News


In the course of the workshop led by distinguished local New Testament scholars, participants will learn among others:

To understand the process of gospel formation and how that impacts on what the gospels say about the life of Jesus

What kind of person was the historical Jesus? What attracted people to him?

Whether Jesus felt that his mission had failed and how he reacted

How his followers came to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is the Son of God

This workshop is led by Fr Paul Decock OMI, Professor of Biblical Studies at St Joseph’s Theological Institute in Cedara and the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Titles and Speakers

What are the Gospels? Fr Paul Decock OMI, St Joseph’s Theological Institute

Who was Jesus? Prof. Marius Nel, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch

Jesus’ understanding of his mission. Fr Paul Decock OMI

Jesus’ death and its impact on his followers. Prof. Jeremy Punt, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch


Venue: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bergvliet Road, Bergvliet

Cost: R250 pp, includes a packed lunch and two teas

For further information or to register for the workshop, contact Brian Robertson,, 072 118 2149.


About the speakers

 Fr Paul Decock OMI

Doctorate in Theology, Gregorian University and Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome 1977. Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Patristic Exegesis at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal since 1970. Honorary Professor, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Prof. Marius Nel

D Th (New Testament) (US) 2002. BA honours (Greek) (cum laude) (US) 2014. Part-time lecturer and minister of religion until 2011 and subsequently full time at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Stellenbosch.

Prof. Jeremy Punt

MA (Greek) cum laude (US) 1988. D Th (New Testament) (US) 1999. Taught at the University of Fort Hare until 2003 and subsequently at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Stellenbosch.