School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Maarman Samuel Tshehla

Maarman Samuel Tshehla


Senior Lecturer


Biblical Studies


Contact Number



Pietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address


Degrees Held

  • PhD (UKZN)
  • M Th (cum laude)
  • B Th Hons (cum laude)
  • B Th (summa cum laude)

Research Interests

  • Gospels
  • Vernacular hermeneutics and theologies
  • Women in early Christian communities

Teaching Interests

  • New Testament Exegesis
  • African Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Bible Translation
  • Early Christian Reception of the Bible


  • Master of Theology Dissertation entitled “Reading John 1:1-18 in Sesotho: An Investigation of the Issues, Meanings and Interpretations Raised by Mother Tongue Exegesis” (2000)
  • Guest-edited a special issue of Journal of Constructive Theology on “Masculinity and Religion in Africa”. The editorial was entitled “Discoursing Masculinity” Vol. 12 (1): 1-5.
  • PhD Thesis entitled “Leselinyana La Lesotho and Basotho Biblical Appropriation: 1863 – 1883” (2009)
  • 2017, There were other boats too: a note on Mark 4:36’s contribution to Jesus’ identity in Mark’s Gospel, Scriptura, 116: 1-12,
  • 2016, Koma, Thuto and 19th century Basotho’s refusal to choose between the two: lessons for modern intercultural relations, Theologia Viatorum, Vol 40(2): 1-31.
  • 2015, Justin Ukpong’s Jesus: Emmanuel for our times. Missionalia. Vol. 43(3): 292-305.
  • 2015, On the Production of My Fair Lion and His Pride: A Reflexive Exercise in Oral History. SHE. Vol. 41(3): 198-208.
  • 2014, Your sister in Babylon sends her love: Towards prophetic solidarity in post-apartheid South Africa. HTS. Vol. 70(3), Art. #2789.
  • 2014, Africa, Where Art Thou? Pondering Post-Apartheid South African New Testament Scholarship. Neotestamentica. Vol. 48(2): 259-281.
  • 2009, On the Ideals of African Christian Biblical Scholarship: A Reflection Inspired by Doctoral Study. Journal of African Christian Thought, December, Vol. 12 (2): 23-28.
  • 2009, When is mere belief inadequate? A Reflection on John 8 and Primal Biblical Appropriation. Journal of African Christian Thought, June, Vol. 12 (1): 22-31.
  • 2006, An Appraisal of Eunuchism in the Sesotho Bible. Theologia Viatorum, December, Vol. 30 (1): 133-155.
  • 2006, Spelling the Faith or Coping with Bible Literacy? Introducing 19th Century Basotho Christians. Theologia Viatorum, vol. 30(1), December, pages 113-132.
  • 2006, Wisdom amidst monkey-talk? Discipline and Gender in Masculinist Discourses. Journal of Constructive Theology, June, Vol. 12 (1): 7-25.
  • 2006, A Sesotho Instance of the ‘Perennial Challenge’ of considering IKS from a Christian perspective. Journal of African Christian Thought, June, Vol. 9 (1): 13-26.
  • 2005, Thuto and Christian Worship among Nineteenth-Century Basotho: An initial exploration of selected early witnesses. Journal of African Christian Thought, December, Vol. 8 (2): 35-45.
  • 2004, Who is my neighbour? Envisioning African Christianity’s Role in World Christianity. Theologia Viatorum, Vol. 28 (1): 142-163.
  • 2004, A Plea for Indigenous Written Sources in South African Theological Discourse: Basotho as Test Case. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, Vol. 120: 19-33.
  • 2003, Philippians 3:7-11 and African Biblical Exegesis: A Reflection. Journal of African Christian Thought, June, Vol. 6 (1): 24-30.
  • 2002, Can anything good come out of Africa? Reflections of a Mosotho Reader of the Bible. Journal of African Christian Thought, June, 5 (1): 15-24.
  • 2002, Lentswe (the Word) among the Basotho: A Cultural Commentary. Grace and Truth, August, Vol. 19 (2): 25-33.
  • 2014, “To the Akan first, and also to the Sotho: Kwame Bediako and the Measure of Christianity” in Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith – Essays in Honour of Kwame Bediako, edited by G.M. Bediako, Y. Quarshie and Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Oxford: Regnum, pages 55-66.
  • 2013, “Emergence and culture: implications for Africa”, pp. 121-134 in Chance, Causality, Emergence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 16, edited by C.W. du Toit, Unisa: RITR.
  • 2012, “Uncelebrated Readers of the Bible: The Illustrative Case of Early Basotho Christians” pp. 97-111., Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations, edited by Musa W Dube, Andrew M Mbuvi, and Dora R Mbuwayesango, Atlanta: SBL Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship, Number 13.
  • 2008, “Isaac A. Motaung: Conversion and Biblical Appropriation in Sesotho” pages 347-367 in African and European Readers of the Bible in Dialogue: In Quest of a Shared Meaning, edited by Hans de Wit and Gerald O. West. Leiden & Boston: Brill.
  • 2006, “Selected 19th Century Basotho Readings of the Bible: David Moiloa and the days of Basotho’s Ignorance” pages 227-246 in The New Testament Interpreted: Essays in Honour of Bernard C. Lategan, edited by Cilliers Breytenbach, Johan Thom and Jeremy Punt. Leiden and Boston: Brill. [Novum Testamentum Supplementum]
  • 2005, “The Prophetic Vocation of the African Scholar: a celebration of wholeness” Alternation, special edition no. 2: 178-198. [Also published on pages 129-145 in the Study of Religion in Southern Africa: Essays in Honour of G. C. Oosthuizen, edited by J. A. Smit and P. P. Kumar. Leiden: Brill.]
  • 2003, “Translation and the Vernacular Bible in the debate between my ‘traditional’ and academic worldviews” pages 171-187 in Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa (Semeia Studies) edited by Jonathan Draper. Atlanta: SBL.
  • 2003, “Colenso, John 1:1-18 and the Politics of Insider- and Outsider-Translating” pages 29-41 in The Eye of the Storm: Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Inspiration, edited by Jonathan Draper. London: T & T Clark.


  • Epombo-Mwenge JB Master of Divinity, 2012
  • Tovela J Bachelor of Theology Honours, 2006
  • Ngodji M Master of Theology, 2005
  • Ndawonde MMC    Bachelor of Theology Honours, 2005
  • Motsomaesi MJ         Bachelor of Theology Honours, 2002
  • Thaba LE Bachelor of Theology Honours, 2002