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South African Scholar to Receive Major GTF Recognition

LombaardDr. Christo Lombaard will be awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies during the 2013 Graduation ceremony on May 3.  Dr. Lombaard’s recent scholarly work, The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality: Theoretical and Practical Essays from a South African Perspective, is published by the Society of Biblical Literature.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Biblical Studies, the Graduate Theological Foundation has named Christo Lombaard as this year’s recipient of the Krister Stendahl Medal.

South African-born and educated, Dr. Lombaard serves as Professor of Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa where he is mainly engaged in research.  He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree (Editorial Journalism) from the University of Johannesburg, a Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Communications from the North-West University, and a Doctor of Divinity in Old Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria.  A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Lombaard has produced 60 journal articles, two monographs, edited and co-authored five books and contributed 15 chapters to other books.

About Krister Stendahl:

Dr. Krister Stendahl (1921-2008) was a world-renowned theologian and New Testament scholar who served as Dean of Harvard Divinity School and Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden.  In 1988, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Foundation, the highest recognition awarded to a non-faculty person who has made a major contribution to the GTF.  The Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies was established by the GTF in 2009 to recognize internationally distinguished scholars in Biblical Studies as a tribute to the contributions of Dr. Stendahl.




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