International recognition for book on the Hebrew Bible and philosophy of religion

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 11/12/2015 - 14:39

International recognition for book on the Hebrew Bible and philosophy of religion

Prof Jaco Gericke – a researcher based within the School of Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), is being lauded internationally for his book: “The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion”.


Prof Jaco Gericke

The American based Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will devote an entire session during its annual meeting to discuss Prof Gericke’s book. The annual meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia and more than 10 000 delegates from across the globe will be in attendance. During the meeting Prof Gericke’s ideas will be discussed by three prominent scholars in the field, namely: Prof Mark Sneed (Lubbock Christian University), Prof Oliver Crisp (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Dr Craig Bartholomew (Redeemer University College).

What is ground-breaking about Prof Gericke’s work is the introduction of Philosophical Criticism as an auxiliary (or stand-alone) reading strategy for understanding the ancient religious text known to scholars as the Hebrew Bible.  This reading strategy aims to complement (and rival) older scholarly commitments to the historical critical and literary critical study of the text.

More about Prof Jaco Gericke

Jaco Gericke is associate research Professor in the Department of Theology and Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities at the Vaal Triangle Campus. He holds two doctorates, one in Semitic Languages (2002) and one in Old Testament Studies (2004), both from the University of Pretoria and completed after general post-graduate studies in Theology and Philosophy. He has also completed three post-doctoral fellowships, including a one year DAAD scholarship in Germany during 2007-2008. Since 2010 he has been permanently employed by the North-West University and has also obtained a rating from the National Research Foundation.

Professor Gericke’s research focuses exclusively on interdisciplinary research between Hebrew Bible Studies and Philosophy. More specifically, his work is concerned with utilising descriptive varieties of philosophy of religion to clarify the Hebrew Bible’s own covert assumptions about the nature of religion, religious language, the nature and existence of gods, religious epistemology, religion and morality, religion and history and religious diversity.