Presentation and Article: “The Many Evils of Haman” and “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film ‘Noah'”

“The Many Evils of Haman” is not the best paper I have presented so far. However, the teachers and colleagues from the NWU have been very supportive of me. It was fun testing my ideas and meeting other experts of the LXX at the IOSCS (International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies) conference in Stellenbosch at the beginning of September 2016. The conference was held in conjunction with the congress of IOSOT (International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament).

I also enjoyed listening to Dr. Christoph Nihan’s paper “Les Vêtements d’Aaron et la Figure du Grand Prêtre dans les Traditions Sacerdotales du Pentateuque” (simultaneous translation into English was provided). His analysis of the relationship between Exodus 28 and Ezekiel 28 both interests and intrigues me. I look forward to reading his paper in print!

Look, this is the prettiest conference tote bag I have ever received! Within it one finds the Amarula cream liqueur (the bottle on the top right hand corner), which is produced from the marula fruits favoured by the South African elephants. My conference name badge is made from the colourful African beads 🙂


“This item was made in the Learn to Earn Business Resource Centre by recent graduates of our sewing programme. These graduates come from communities where the unemployment rate ranges between 30%-70%. The areas are characterised by high poverty and many people live in informal houseing. By purchasing from the BRC and using them to sew conference bags, folders etc you are playing a role in breaking the cycle of poverty in South Africa. / www. / LearntoEarnSouthAfrica / / 0213615972”

Guess what else I have found inside the conference tote bag? The most recent issue of the Old Testament Essays (South Africa-based)! My journal article “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film ‘Noah'” is printed in this issue. Special thanks are due to the (soon-to-be Prof.) Dr. Nikolas Roubekas, who meticulously proofread the main body of my article. Dr. Abraham Ofir Shemesh’s paper “‘I Have Seen the Custom of the King of Egypt in Our Time as Well.’ A Study in Comparative Midrash and Commentary” is also an enjoyable read. This issue of the open-access journal is now available online:

Hope you enjoy reading the articles! 🙂




Announcement: Forthcoming Flood Paper and Cherubic Piece

My journal article entitled “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film Noah” has passed the double-blind peer review! It will be published in Old Testament Essays (South Africa-based).

Here is an excerpt of the first anonymous reviewer’s comment:

 …what I liked most is the literary theological themes the paper managed to develop in conjunction with sound historical research.

According to the second anonymous reviewer,

The article represents a good mix between Old Testament scholarship and engagement with popular culture.

A rudimentary idea of the forthcoming article was first posted on my personal blog under the title “Noah Within and Beyond the Bible” on 19.04.2014. Of course, the in-press article contains many more content/language corrections and updated references. So, remember to check out the journal when the flood paper comes out! 🙂

My journal article entitled ” ‘You Were the (Divine) Cherub’: A Challenge to YHWH’s Sole Divinity in Ezek 28:14″ passed the double-blind peer review at the end of last year. It will be published in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (United Kingdom-based). The anonymous reviewer suggests some areas for further improvements but made this overall assessment:

This is a very good article. It is scholarly, clear, well-structured and makes a persuasive case on a difficult adn controversial text.

If the information provided by the editor is correct, my cherubic piece will come out at the end of this year. Stay tuned! 🙂