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Position Senior Professor and University Fellow
Discipline New Testament
Phone 033 260 20623
Email draper@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address

Degrees Held

  • BA (Honours)
  • PGCE
  • BD
  • PhD
  • Certificate: Deutsch als Fremdspracher

Research Interests

  • New Testament, Apostolic Fathers, African Contextual Hermeneutics, Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism

Teaching Interests

  • Postgraduate Supervision

Publications / Selected Publications

Books

  • Ackerman, D., Draper, J. A. and E. Mashinini (eds.) 1991. Women Hold up Half the Sky: Women in the Church in Southern Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. The Didache in Modern Research (editor, translator and contributor). Leiden: Brill [AGAJU 37].
  • Horsley, R. A. and J. A. Draper. 1999. Whoever Hears You Hears Me: Prophets, Performance, and Traditions in Q. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International.
  • Draper, J. A. (ed.) 2003. Bishop John William Colenso, Commentary on Romans, new edition with introduction. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. (ed.) 2003. The Eye of a Storm: Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Interpretation. London/ Pietermaritzburg: T&T Clark/ Continuum/ Cluster Publications [JSOTSup 386].
  • Draper, J. A. (ed.) 2003. Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa. Editor. Atlanta/ Leiden/ Pietermaritzburg: Brill/ Scholars Press/ Cluster [SemeiaSt 46].
  • Draper, J. A. (ed.) 2004. Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Antiquity. Editor. Atlanta/ Leiden: Scholars Press/ Brill [SemeiaSt 47].
  • Horsley, R. A., Draper, J. A. and J. Miles Foley (eds.) 2006. Performing the Gospel: Mark, Orality and Memory, Minneapolis: Augsburg.
  • Cynthia, K., Aitken, E. and J. A. Draper (eds.) 2008. Reading the Signs of the Times: Taking the Bible into the Public Square. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Draper, J. A. and C. N. Jefford (eds.), New Trends in Didache Research. Atlanta: Scholars Press [SBLECL]. Projected publication date 2014.

Chapters in Books

  • Draper, J. A. 1985. The Jesus Tradition in the Didache. Pages 269-287 in Gospel Perspectives V. Edited by D. Wenham. Sheffield: JSOT.
  • Draper, J. A. 1988. The Social Milieu and Motivation of Community of Goods in the Jerusalem Church of Acts. Pages 79-90 in Church in Context. Edited by C. Breytenbach. Pretoria: NGK Boekhandelaar.
  • Draper, J. A. and G. O. West. 1989. Anglicans and Scripture in South Africa. Pages 30-52 in Bounty in Bondage, Festschr. Dean Edward King. Edited by T. J. M. Patterson and F. England Johannesburg: Ravan..
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. Korah: A Title from the Second Temple Period. Pages 150-174 in Templum Amicitiae: Festschrift for E Bammel. Edited by J A Emerton and W Horbury. Sheffield: JSOT.
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. 'For the kingdom is inside of you and it is outside of you': Contextual Exegesis in South Africa. Pages 235-257 in Text and Interpretation: New Approaches in the Criticism of the New Testament. Edited by P. J. Hartin and J. H. Petzer. Leiden: Brill [NTTS 15].
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. The Johannine Community and its Relevance to a Democratic Society. Pages 115-125 in A Democratic Vision for South Africa. Edited by K. Nürnberger. Pietermaritzburg: Encounter [NIR Reader 3].
  • Draper, J. A. and G. O. West. 1991. The Bible and Social Transformation in South Africa: A Work-in-Progress Report on the Insitute for the Study of the Bible. Pages 366-382 in Seminar Papers of the Society of Biblical Literature: 127th Annual Meeting, 1991. Ediged by Eugene H. Lovering, Jr. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. Christ the Worker: Fact or Fiction. Pages 121-141 in The Threefold Cord: Theology, Work and Labour. Edited by J. R. Cochrane and G. O. West. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. Oppressive and Subversive Moral Instruction in the New Testament. Pages 37-54 in Women Hold up Half the Sky: Women in the Church in Southern Africa. Edited by D. Ackerman, J. A. Draper and E. Mashinini. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • D. Ackerman, J. A. Draper and E. Mashinini. 1991. Introduction. Pages xiii-xix in Women Hold up Half the Sky. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • P. Swart-Russell and J. A. Draper. 1991. A Brief History of the Movement for the Ordination of Women in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA). Pages 220-237 in Women Hold up Half the Sky. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. 1992. Christian Self-definition against the “Hypocrites” in Didache VIII. . Pages 262-377 in Society of Biblical Literature: 1992 Seminar Papers (No. 31, 128th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 21-24, 1992). Edited by E. H. Lovering. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 1995. Social Ambiguity and the Production of Text: Prophets, Teachers, Bishops and Deacons and the Development of the Jesus Tradition in the Community of the Didache. Pages 284-312 in The Didache in Context: Essays on its Text, History and Transmission. Edited by C. N. Jefford. Leiden: Brill NovTSup 77].
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. `Was there no-one left to give glory to God except this foreigner?' Breaking the Boundaries in Luke 17:11-19. Pages 222-229 in Where are we going? Life and Faith in the New South Africa: Festschrift for Desmond Tutu. Edited by L. Hulley, L. Pato and L. Kretzschmar. Pretoria: Human & Rousseau.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. The Didache in Modern Research: An Overview. Pages 1-42 in The Didache in Modern Research. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Brill [AGAJU 37].
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. The Jesus Tradition in the Didache. Pages 72-91 in The Didache in Modern Research. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Brill [AGAJU 37].
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Christian Self-Definition against the “Hypocrites” in Didache 8. Pages 223-243 in The Didache in Modern Research. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Brill [AGAJU 37].
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Torah and Troublesome Apostles in the Didache Community. Pages 340-364 in The Didache in Modern Research. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Brill [AGAJU 37].
  • Draper, J. A. 1998. Archbishop Gray and the Interpretation of the Bible. Pages 44-54 Change and Challenge: Essays Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Robert Gray as First Bishop of Cape Town (20: February 1848). Edited by J. Suggit and M. Goedhals. Johannesburg: CPSA.
  • Draper, J. A. 2000. The Bishop and The Bricoleur: Bishop John William Colenso’s Commentary on Romans And Magema Kamagwa Fuze’s The Black People and Whence They Came. Pages 415-454 in The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trends and Trajectories. Edited by G. O. West. Leiden: Brill.
  • Draper, J. A. 2000. Recovering Oral Tradition Fixed in Text: the Case of Q3:7-22, 4:1-13. Pages 465-493 in Orality, Memory and the Past. Listening to the Voices of Black Clergy under Colonialism and Apartheid. Edited by P. Denis. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. 2000. Bishop John William Colenso’s Interpretation to the Zulu People of the Sola Fide in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Pages 465-493 in Seminar Papers of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting 2000. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 2001. Old Scores and New Notes: Where and What is Contextual Exegesis in the New South Africa. Pages 148-168 in Towards an Agenda for Contextual Theology. Edited by M. T. Speckman and L. T. Kaufmann. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.
  • Draper, J. A. 2002. The Marriage of the Lamb and the Isigodlo in iBandla labancwele of the Zulu Prophet George Khambule. Pages 15-33 in The Power of Oral History: Memory, Healing and Development V. Edited P. Denis. Proceedings of the XIIth International Oral History Conference 24-27 June 2002. Pietermaritzburg: Oral History Project.
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. “The “Yoke of the Lord” in Didache 6:1-3 as a Key to Understanding Jewish-Christian Relations in Early Christianity. Pages 106-123 in The Image of Judaeo-Christians in Ancient Jewish and Christian Literature. Edited by P. Tomson. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. Colenso's Commentary on Romans: An Exegetical Assessment.Pages 104-125 in The Eye of a Storm: Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Inspiration. Edited by J. A. Draper. London: T&T Clark [JSOTSup 386].
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. The Trial of Bishop John William Colenso. Pages 306-325 in The Eye of a Storm: Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Inspiration. Edited by J. A. Draper. London: T&T Clark [JSOTSup 386].
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. “En torn I legemet”: 2 Kor 12,7-10. Pages 60-63 in Tid for naervaer: En Fastenvandring. Edited by Sindre Eide. Oslo: Verbum Forlag.
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. Jesus and Economic Justice. Pages 80-100 in Discovering Jesus in our Place: Contextual Christologies in a Globalised World. Edited by S. J. Staelsett. Delhi: ISPCK.
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. Script, Subjugation, and Subversion: An Introduction. Pages 1-6 in Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden/ Pietermaritzburg: Brill/Scholars Press/Cluster Publications [Semeia St 46].
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. The Closed Text and the Heavenly Telephone: The Role of the Bricoleur in Oral Mediation of Sacred Text in the Case of George Khambule and the Gospel of John. Pages 57-89 in Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden/ Pietermaritzburg: Brill/Scholars Press/Cluster Publications [Semeia St 46].
  • Draper, J. A. 2004. Orality, Literacy and Colonialism. Pages 1-8 in Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Antiquity. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Scholars / Brill [Semeia St 47].
  • Draper, J. A. Practicing the Presence of God in John: Ritual Use of Scripture and the Eidos Theou in John 5:37. Pages 155-170 in Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Antiquity. Edited by J. A. Draper. Leiden: Scholars Press/ Brill [Semeia St 47].
  • Draper, J. A. 2004. A 'Frontier' Reading of Romans: The Case of Bishop John William Colenso (1814-1883). Pages 57-82 in Navigating Romans Through Cultures: Challenging Readings by Charting a New Course. Edited by K. K. Yeo. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International.
  • Draper, J. A. 2005. Do the Didache and Matthew Reflect an “Irrevocable Parting of the Ways” with Judaism? Pages 217-241 in The Didache and Matthew: Two Documents from the same Jewish-Christian Milieu? Edited by H. van de Sandt. Assen/ Minneapolis: van Gorcum Press/ Fortress.
  • Draper, J. A. 2005. First Fruits and the Support of Prophets, Teachers and the Poor in Didache 13 in Relation to New Testament Parallels. Pages 223-243 in Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers. Edited by Andrew Gregory, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. World War as a Precursor and Aspect of Globalisation: The Case of George Khambule (1884-1949) and the Book of Revelation. Pages 90-106 in Spirits of Globalisation. Edited by Sturla J. Staelsett, London: SCM Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. The Bricoleur from Oral Performance to Written Text: Early Christian Prophets and African Prophets. Pages 44-63 in Performing the Gospel: Mark, Orality and Memory. Edited by R. A. Horsley, J. A. Draper and J. Miles Foley. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 2006.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. Africa. Pages 176-197 in The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture. Edited by J. F. A. Sawyer. Oxford: Blackwells.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. Jesus' "Covenantal Discourse" on the Plain (Luke 6:12-7:17) as Oral Performance: Pointers to "Q" as Multiple Oral Performance. Pages 71-98 in Oral Performance, Popular Tradition, and Hidden Transcript in Q, 71-98. Edited by R. A. Horsley. Atlanta: Scholars/ Leiden: Brill [Semeia St 60].
  • Draper, J. A. 2007. The Holy Vine of David made known to the Gentiles through God's servant Jesus: "Christian Judaism" in the Didache. Pages 257-283 in Jewish Christianity Reconsidered: Rethinking Ancient Groups and Texts. Edited by M. Jackson-MacCabe. Minneapolis: Fortress.
  • Draper, J. A. 2007. The Didache. Pages 13-20 in The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Edited by Paul Foster. Edinburgh: T&T Clark.
  • Draper, J. A. 2007. Didache. Pages 122-123 in New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible Vol. I. Nashville: Abbingdon.
  • Draper, J. A. 2007. «Ils virent Dieu, puis ils mangèrent et burent» (Exode 24:11): l’immanence mystique du dieu transcendant dans la création, la théophanie et l’incarnation dans «l’étrange» Jésus de l’évangile de Jean”. Eds. B. Decharneux and F. Nobilio. Pages 237-281 in Figures del’étrangeté dans l’évangile de Jean: Etudes socio-historiques et littéraires. Cortil-Wodon, Belgium: Editions Modulaires Européennes/ FNRS.
  • Draper, J. A. 2008. Apostles, Teachers, and Evangelists: Stability and Movement of Functionaries in Matthew, James, and the Didache. Pages 137-174 in H. van de Sandt and Jürgen Zangenberg (eds.), Matthew, James and the Didache. Scholars: SBL.
  • Draper, J. A., 2008. “Vice Catalogues as Oral-Mnemonic Cues: A Comparative Study of the Two Ways Tradition in the Didache and Parallels from the Perspective of Oral Tradition”. Pages 111-135 in T. Thatcher (ed.), Jesus, the Voice, and the Text. Wayco: Baylor University Press.
  • Draper, J. A., 2008. “Biblical Hermeneutics in a Secular Age: Reflections from South Africa Twenty Years after the Kairos Document”, Pages 39-54 in C. B. Kittredge, E. B. Aitkins and J. A. Draper, The Bible in the PublicSquare: Reading the Signs of the Times. Minneapolis: Fortress.
  • Draper, J. A., 2008. “Theissen, Gerd”. Pages 644-645 in C. Evans (ed.), Dictionary of the Historical Jesus, New York/ London: Routledge.
  • Draper, J. A., 2009. "Ursprung und Theologie der Didache", in W. Pratscher (ed.), Theologie der Apostolischen Vaeter, Göttingen, VandenHoeck & Ruprecht, 17-38.
  • Draper, J. A., 2009. "What goes in and what comes out: Reading mark 7 and Zulu Culture in the Context of Broken Bodies and Healing Communities: the Challenge of HIV and AIDS in the South African context" in Neville Richardson (ed), Broken Bodies and Healing Communities: the Challenge of HIV and AIDS in the South African context, Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications, 61-81.
  • Draper, J. A., 2009. "The Holy Spirit in the Worship of Some Zulu Zionist Churches" in Teresa Berger and Brian D. Spinks (eds.), The Spirit in Worship--Worship in the Spirit, Collegeville, MIN: Liturgical Press, 261-284.
  • Draper, J. A., 2010. “Colenso, Bishop John William”. Page 255 in the Cambridge History of Christian Theology, edited Daniel Patte, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Draper, J. A., 2010. "The Didache". Pages 7-26 in W. Pratscher (ed.), The Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 2011. ‘Eschatology in the Didache’. Pages 567-582 in J. van der Watt (ed.), Eschatology of the New Testament and Some Related Documents. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck [WUNT II.315].
  • Draper, J. A. and K. Mtata. 2012, Orality and African Religions’ in E. Bongmba (ed.), Religion in Africa. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (31 pages) [Blackwell Companions to Religion]. ISBN : 9781405196901. 2012, pages 567-582.
  • Draper, J. A., 2012. “Walking the Way of Life or the Way of Death in the present existence as the beginning of eschatological life or death in the renewed earthly kingdom: The rationale for the limitation of the resurrection to the righteous departed in Didache 16, 6-8”. Pages 379-397 in G. van Oyen and T. Shepherd (eds.), Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue, Leuven: Peeters [ETL].
  • Draper, J. A. 2013. “Jesus' Ancestors and African Ancestors: A Contextual Reading of Matthew 1:1-18". Pages 25-45 in J. Grimshaw and N. Wilkinson (eds.), Matthew: Texts @ Context Series. Minneapolis: Fortress.
  • Draper, J.A. 2013. '"You Shall Not Give What is Holy to the Dogs" (Didache 9:5): The Attitude of the Didache to the Gentiles'. Pages 242-266 in David C. Sim and James S. McLaren (eds), Attitudes to Gentiles in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark [LNTS 499].
  • Draper, J. A. 2013. The Metaphor of the Vine in John 15 and the Early Christian Tradition: Reflections on Postcolonial Critiques. Pages 53-80 in Markus Lang (ed.), Ein neues Geschlecht: Entwicklung des frühchristlichen Selbstbewusstseins. Göttingen: Van den Hoeck & Ruprecht [NTOA/ StUNT].
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “Mission, Ethics and Identity in the Didache”. Pages 462-482 in Jacobus Kok, Tobias Nicklas, Dieter T. Roth and Christine Hays (eds.), Sensitivity towards outsiders: Exploring the dynamic relationship between mission and ethics in the New Testament and Early Christianity. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck [WUNT II] (ISBN: 978-3-16-152176-8).
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. Pierre Bourdieu and the Role of the Spirit in Some Zulu/Swathi African Initiated Churches. Forthcoming in Magnus Echtler and Asonzeh Ukah (eds.), Bourdieu in Africa. Leiden: Brill. Projected publication date 2014.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. ‘'If those to whom the W/word of God came were called gods...’ Logos, wisdom and prophecy and John 10:22-30’. Forthcoming in B. Decharneux and F. Nobilio (eds.), Prophétisme, Sagesse et Esprit dans la littérature johannique / Prophecy, Wisdom, and Spirit in the Johannine Literature. Mons: EME.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “And They Saw God and Ate and Drank” (Exodus 24:11): The Mystical Immanence of the Transcendent God in Creation, Theophany and Incarnation in the “Strange” Jesus of John’s Gospel. Forthcoming in Steyn, G J (ed). Moses in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity. Projected publication date 2014.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. Paul’s Epistle To the Romans and the Catechesis of Gentiles in the Didache. Forthcoming in Steyn, G J (ed). Reflecting on Romans. Essays in Honour of Andrie du Toit’s 80th Birthday (Biblical Tools and Studies). Leuven: Peeters Press. Projected publication date 2014.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “Disease, Table and Economy in Luke 16:19-31”. Pages 125-144 in Stephen K. Black (ed.), To Set at Liberty: Essays on Early Christianity and Its Social World in Honor of John H. Elliott. Sheffield: Phoenix Press.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “Children and Slaves in the Community of the Didache and the Two Ways Tradition”. Forthcoming in J. A. Draper and C. N. Jefford (eds.), New Trends in Didache Research. Atlanta: Scholars Press [SBLECL].
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “Missing Pieces in the Puzzle or Wild Good Chase? A Retrospect and Prospect”. Forthcoming in J. A. Draper and C. N. Jefford (eds.), New Trends in Didache Research. Atlanta: Scholars Press [SBLECL].

Journal Articles

  • Draper, J. A. 1983. A Targum of Isaiah in 1QS III,2-3. Revue de Qumran 42: 265-269.
  • Draper, J. A. 1983. The Heavenly Feast of Tabernacles: Revelation 7:1-17. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 19: 133-147.
  • Draper, J. A. 1987. The Tip of the Ice-berg: The Temple of the Holy Spirit. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 59: 57-65.
  • Draper, J. A. and J. R. Cochrane. 1987. The Kairos Debate: the Parting of the Ways. A reply to Prof. Suggit., Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 59: 66-72.
  • Draper, J. A. and J. R. Cochrane. 1987. A Response: the Word in the words: hermeneutics. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 60: 76.
  • Draper, J. A. and E. Ruddock. 1987. Ministerial Formation of Self-Supporting Ministries in a Rural Environment. Ministerial Formation 40: 4-11.
  • Draper, J. A. `Humble Submission to Almighty God' and its Biblical Foundations: A Contextual Exegesis of Romans 13. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 63: 30-38.
  • Draper, J. A. Contributor to “The Legitimacy of the State: A Colloquium”. Edited by J. R. Cochrane. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 63: 39-55.
  • Draper, J. A. 1988. The Apostles as Foundation Stones of the Heavenly Jerusalem and the Foundation of the Qumran Community. Neotestamentica 22: 41-63.
  • Draper, J. A. 1989. Lactantius and the Didache: A Note. Journal of Theological Studies 40: 112-116.
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. Towards a Dialogue between Christianity and Socialism. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 75: 16-24.
  • Draper, J. A. 1991. Torah and Troublesome Apostles in the Didache Community. Novum Testamentum 33/4: 347-372.
  • Draper, J. A. 1992. Exegesis and Proclamation: “Go sell all that you have...” (Mark 10:17-30). Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 79: 63-69.
  • Draper, J. A. 1992. The Sociological Function of the Spirit / Paraclete in the Farewell Discourses of the Fourth Gospel. Neotestamentica 26: 13-29.
  • Draper, J. A. 1993. The Development of the 'Sign of the Son of Man' in the Jesus Tradition. New Testament Studies 39/1: 1-21.
  • Draper, J. A. 1994. Jesus and the Renewal of Local Community in Galilee: Challenge to a Communitarian Christology. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 87: 29-42.
  • Draper, J. A. 1995. The Making of an Indigenous Clergy in Southern Africa”. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 2/1: 1-2.
  • Draper, J. A. 1995. Barnabas and the Riddle of the Didache. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 58: 89-113.
  • Draper, J. A. 1995. Wandering Radicalism or Purposeful Activity? Jesus and the Sending of Messengers in Mark 6:6-56. Neotestamentica 29/2: 187-207.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Great and Little Traditions: Challenges to the Dominant Western Paradigm of Biblical Interpretation. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 3/1: 1-21.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Voices from the Margins in the Corridors of Power. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 3/1: 12-13.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Confessional Western Text-Centred Biblical Interpretation and an Oral or Residual-Oral Context. Semeia 73: 61-80.
  • Draper, J. A. 1996. Jesus y el poder de los debiles ante la opresion: Marcos 6:6-56. XILOTL 17: 123-138.
  • Draper, J. A. 1997. Resurrection and the Cult of Martyrdom in the Didache Apocalypse. Journal of Early Christian Studies 5/2: 155-179.
  • Draper, J. A. 1997. Church-State Conflict in the Book of Acts: A South African Reading. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 97/1: 39-52.
  • Draper, J. A. 1997. The Role of Ritual in the Alternation of Social Universe: Jewish Christian Initiation of Gentiles in the Didache. Listening 37/2: 48-67.
  • Draper, J. A. 1997. Temple, Tabernacle and Mystical Experience in John. Neotestamentica 31/2: 263-288.
  • Draper, J. A. 1997. The Bible in African Literature: A Contrapuntal Perspective. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 4/3: 1-3.
  • Draper, J. A. 1998. Weber, Theissen and the Wandering Charismatics of the Didache. Journal of Early Christian Studies 6/4: 541-576.
  • Draper, J. A. 1998. Hegemony, Ideology and Social Construction: Focus on John and Jean Comaroff. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 5/1-2: 1-3.
  • Draper, J. A. 1998. Magema Fuze and the Insertion of the Subjugated Historical Subject into the Discourse of Hegemony. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 5/1-2: 16-26.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. The Genesis and Narrative Thrust of the Paraenesis in the Sermon on the Mount. Journal for the Study of the NewTestament 75: 25-48.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. Hermeneutical Drama on the Colonial Stage: Hegemony and Creativity in Colenso's Commentary on Romans. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 102: 13-32.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. «Dad al Cesar lo que es del Cesar y dad a Dios lo que es de Dios»: Marcos 12:13-17 y el Jubileo 2000 desde el contexto Sudafricano. XILOTL 23: 85-100.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. Ritual Process and Ritual Symbol in Didache 7-10. Vigiliae Christianae 54: 1-38.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God! Bulletin for Contextual Theology 6/1: 4.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. “Give to Caesar the Things That Belong to Caesar and Give to God the Things Which Belong to God”: Mark 12:13-17 and Jubilee 2000. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 6/2: 18-22.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. “My father is working until now and I am working” (John 5:17): Reflections on a theology of work and Rest. Bulletin for Contextual Theology 6/3: 43-47.
  • Draper, J. A. 1999. Purity Laws, Boundaries, Leprosy and Liberation: A South African Reading of Luke 17:11-19. Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies 9: 23-35.
  • Draper, J. A. 2000. Holy Seed and the Return of the Diaspora in John 12:24. Neotestamentica.34/2: 347-359.
  • Draper, J. A. 2001. La comision de verdad y reconciliacion en Sudafrica: El papel de las iglesias. Xilotl: Revista Nicaraguense de Teologia 28: 39-54.
  • Draper, J. A. 2001. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa: The Role of the Church. Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies 11: 89-97.
  • Draper, J. A. 2002. The Bible as Onion, Icon and Oracle: Reception of the Printed Sacred Text in Oral and Residual-Oral South Africa. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 112: 39-56.
  • Draper, J. A. 2002. ‘Less literate are safer’: The Politics of Literacy and Orality and the Bible in the South African Context. Anglican Theological Review 84/2: 303-318.
  • Draper, J. A. 2002. Reading the Bible as Conversation: A Theory and Methodology for Contextual Interpretation of the Bible in Africa”, Grace and Truth 19/2: 12-24.
  • Draper, J. A. What did Isaiah see? Angelic Theophany in John 20:11-18. Neotestamentica 36/1-2: 63-76.
  • Draper, J. A. 2003. Bishop John William Colenso and History as Unfolding Narrative. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 117: 97-105.
  • Draper, J. A. 2004. George Khambule and the Book of Revelation: Prophet of the Open Heaven. Neotestamentica 38/2: 101-124.
  • Draper, J. A. 2005. Jesus, Purity, Stigma and Healing from a South African Perspective. Journal of Constructive Theology 11/2: 93-105.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. The Apostolic Fathers: The Didache. The Expository Times 117 (5): 177-181.
  • Draper, J. A. 2006. Review Article: Reading the Bible with the Damned (2005) by Bob Ekblad. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 124: 99-108.
  • Draper, J. A. 2008. Pure Sacrifice in Didache 14 as Jewish Christian Exegesis. Neotestamentica 42.2: 223-252.
  • Draper, J. A. 2009, Imitating Jesus, yes – but which Jesus? A critical engagement
  • with the ethics of Richard Burridge in Imitating Jesus: An inclusive approach to New Testament ethics (2007). HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1) Art. #164, 5 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.164.
  • Draper, J. A. 2010. A broken land and a healing community: Zulu Zionism and healing in the case of George Khambule (1884-1949). Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36.1: 95-122.
  • Draper, J. A. 2011. The moral economy of the Didache. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #907, 10 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.907
  • Draper, J. A. 2011. The Two Ways And Eschatological Hope: A Contested Terrain In Galatians 5 And The Didache. Neotestamentica 45.2: 221-251.
  • Mukansengimana-Nyirimana, R. and J. A. Draper. 2012. The Narrative Structure of John 11:1-12:11 and its Implications for the Peacemaking Role of Women in Rwanda. Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa 18.1: 5-28.
  • Mukansengimana-Nyirimana, R. and J. A. Draper. 2012. The Peacemaking Role of the Samaritan Woman In John 4:1-42: A Mirror and Challenge to Rwandan Women. Neotestamentica 46.2: 306-326.
  • Mukansengimana-Nyirimana, R. and J. A. Draper. 2013. The Peace-Making Mother:
  • Reading John 2:1-12 in the Context of Rwandan Post-Genocide Women. Scriptura 112.1: 1-16. Accessible electronically at http://scriptura.journals.ac.za.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. African Contextual Hermeneutics: Readers, Reading Communities, and Their Options between Text and Context. Submitted to Journal of Religion and Theology. Projected publication 2014.
  • Draper, J. A. 2014. “Orality and Prophetic Performance in the Farewell Discourses of John 13-17”. Journal of Early Christian History 4.1: 26-43.

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