van Eck, Ernest

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College: Knox College
Degrees: DD (Pretoria)
Phone: 416-978-4511
Teaching Category:
Regular Tenure Stream
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree


Professor Ernest van Eck is professor in New Testament at Knox College. Professor Ernest van Eck (BA, BA [Hon], MA [Greek], BD, MDiv, DD), obtained all but the BA-degree from the University of Pretoria. His two master’s degrees focused on different aspects of space used in secular and religious narratives, and in his DD-thesis, obtained in 1993, the focus was a social-scientific interpretation of ideological/political use of space in the gospel of Mark. He has authored 55 and co-authored 34 peer reviewed articles, 13 chapters in international publications, and his latest monograph, focusing on parable research, is titled The parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a social prophet. He has successfully supervised 39 Master’s and 26 PhD students. Professor Van Eck is member of the New Testament Society of South Africa, the USA-based Context Group, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the international Society of Biblical Literature. Professor van Eck is the assistant-editor 0f HTS Teologiese/Theological Studies since 2021.

  • Specializations

    • Social-scientific criticism and ideological-critical reading of the parables of the historical Jesus
    • Historical Jesus studies
    • Gospels
    • Gender-studies
    • Sexuality in ancient texts
    • Paul
    • Post-colonial hermeneutics
    • Narratology and literary theories
  • Publications

    • Van Eck, E., 2016, The parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a social prophet, Cascade Books, Eugene. (Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context).
    • Van Eck, E., 2017, Realism and method: The parables of Jesus’, Neotestamentica 51(2), 163-184.
    • Van Eck, E., 2019, ‘A Samaritan merchant and his friend, and their friends: Practicing life-giving theology’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(1), a5499. 
    • Van Eck, E., 2019, ‘A realistic reading of the parable of the Lost Coin in Q: Gaining or losing even more?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5656. 
    • Van Eck, E., 2020, ‘A theology of marriage: A biblical or a cultural construct?’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 76(4), a6027.
    • Van Eck, E, 2021, “The land is ours, not yours: Land as life and end of life in the parables of the Galilean”, Stellenbosch Theological Journal 7(1), 1–22. DOI:
    • Ntem, G.S., & Van Eck, E, 2021, “An African Biblical interpretation of Matthew 20:1–15 in relation to social justice for workers in Cameroon”, Stellenbosch Theological Journal 7(1), 1-20. DOI:
    • Mundenda, D. & Van Eck, E., 2021, ‘The parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge: A replica of the suffering of widows in Zimbabwe’, Verbum et Ecclesia 42(1), a2244. 
    • Van Eck, E., 2022, ‘Reading the text does matter: Texts as symbols of personal and social transformation’, in E-M. Becker, A. Standhartinger, F. Wilk & J. Herzer, Reading the New Testament in the manifold contexts of a globalized world: Exegetical perspectives, Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG, Tübingen [Forthcoming).