Focus and Scope

Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ) – previously known as the Dutch Reformed Theological Journal (NGTT) – is a multilingual, South-African theological journal that aims to serve academy, church and society with high-quality academic contributions. The journal has deep roots in the Reformed tradition that stretch back to the 19th century. STJ sees being Reformed as participating in a dynamic and living tradition with a strong commitment to responsible Biblical interpretation, critical engagement with the past, ecumenicity, a practical-theological focus and a unique emphasis on the public character of theological reflection. Hosted at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, STJ is serious about being situated in Southern Africa and the African continent while simultaneously being aware of the global challenges for theology today.

In light of these remarks we welcome submissions to STJ from scholars in all the theological sub-disciplines, as well as from related disciplines. We hold the view that interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research can bring further depth and renewal to our theological reflection. As an academic theological journal we are committed to sound academic practices, such as a thorough peer review system and internationalisation. As a multilingual journal, we consider articles in English and Afrikaans. Dutch articles are also published on occasion, and it is furthermore our hope that the capacity will grow to publish articles in other African languages in the future.

STJ commits itself to make the articles published in STJ, and its preceding journals, as accessible as possible. Under the editorship of Gerrit Brand (2011-2013) NGTT became an open access journal, and we are committed to make the various editions of NGTT – and now also STJ – accessible to a broader public, thus contributing to the wider dissemination of academic theological research. We are currently digitalising the articles of NGTT, and you can visit the NGTT archive on our webpage for the articles since 2000. We hope to make all the NGTT editions available in the future, as well as articles from some of the older journals that are part of this trajectory.

Stellenbosch Teologiese Joernaal (STJ) – voorheen bekend as Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif (NGTT) – is ’n veeltalige Suid-Afrikaanse teologiese tydskrif wat die akademie, kerk en samelewing met akademiese bydraes van hoogstaande gehalte wil bedien. Dié tydskrif se wortels in die Gereformeerde tradisie dateer uit 19de eeu. Die blad verstaan die Gereformeerde tradisie as ’n dinamiese en lewende tradisie met ’n sterk verbintenis aan verantwoordelike Bybel-uitleg, ’n respekvolle en kritiese omgang met die verlede, ekumenisiteit, ’n prakties-teologiese fokus en ’n unieke aksent op die publieke karakter van die teologie. STJ – wat in die teologiefakulteit van Stellenbosch Universiteit gehuisves word – neem die gesitueerdheid in Suider Afrika en Afrika ernstig op en is terselfdertyd bewus van die globale uitdagings vir die teologie vandag.

In die lig van bogenoemde aksente ontvang ons graag bydraes uit al die onderskeie teologiese vakdissiplines en verwante dissiplines. Ons is daarvan oortuig dat interdissiplinêre en transdissiplinêre navorsing verdere verdieping en vernuwing in teologiese gespreksvoering kan bring. As ’n akademies-teologiese tydskrif het die blad ’n sterk verbintenis tot eweknieevaluering en internasionalisering. As ’n veeltalige tydskrif word Afrikaanse, sowel as Engelse artikels vir publikasie oorweeg. Ons glo dat ons daardeur die spesifiek Suid Afrikaanse teologiese konteks dien. Ons publiseer ook by geleentheid Nederlandse artikels. Verder hoop ons dat die kapasiteit sal groei sodat ook artikels in ander Afrika-tale voortaan geplaas kan word.

Voorts is daar die verbintenis om die artikels van STJ en sy voorgangers so toeganklik as moontlik te maak. Onder die redakteurskap van Gerrit Brand (2011-2013) het NGTT ’n oop-bron tydskrif geword, en dit maak die artikels van NGTT – en nou ook STJ – vir ’n breër publiek toeganklik. Skrywers se navorsing vind dus op dié manier ’n groter en wyer leserspubliek. Ons is tans ook met ‘n proses besig om al die artikels van NGTT digitaal toeganklik te maak. Besoek gerus die NGTT argief op ons webblad vir artikels sedert 2000. Die vooruitsig is daar om al die artikels van NGTT, asook van die ander ouer tydskrifte wat in dié teologiese trajek staan, aanlyn beskikbaar te stel.

Peer Review Process

After the initial acceptance of a manuscript, it will be sent to at least two appropriate referees for a double-blind peer review. This means that author(s) do not know the names of the reviewers and that the reviewers do not know the names of the author(s).

Once the manuscript has been peer reviewed, the article and referee reports will be returned to the author. Reviewers may also provide comments and suggestions in the text itself via MS Word’s “track changes” and/or “comments” functions. The author then has the opportunity to revise the manuscript accordingly and resubmit the revised article.

The editorial staff retain the right to make a final decision regarding publication.

Publication Frequency

STJ publishes two standard volumes per year in which articles appear collectively: June/July and December/January.

In addition to these standard volumes, STJ also publishes supplementary volumes such as conference proceedings and Festschrifts to honour the life-work of respected scholars.

Open Access Policy

Stellenbosch Theological Journal is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Prof Doug Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor in Reformed Theology and Justice, Department of Religion, Davidson College, North Carolina

  • Prof Godwin Akper, Professor of Systematic Theology and Ehtics, School of Arts and Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria

  • Prof Rothney Tshaka, Chair of the Deparartment of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa

  • Prof Dirkie Smit, Emeritus Professor in Systematic Theology, Stellenbosch University

  • Prof Martien Brinkman, Professor of Ecumenical/ Intercultural Theology, VU University, The Netherlands

Editorial Board

  • Prof Robert Vosloo (editor) 
  • Prof Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel
  • Prof Daniël Veldsman
  • Prof Jan-Albert van den Berg 
  • Prof Nico Vorster
  • Dr Miranda N Pillay


Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ) has intimate ties with the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University, where its editorial offices are located. It is with gratitude for significant institutional and administrative support that this relationship is recognised.

STJ and its forerunners (such as NGTT) have always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the faculties of theology at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State. These ties continue through regular interaction and consultation with faculty members of these institutions.

Sources of Support