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Established 1972

The Journal of Theology for Southern Africa is published from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is an important theological journal in the subcontinent.

JTSA has been published continuously since December 1972 as a vehicle to promote theological reflection within the social, political and cultural context of southern Africa.Initially it was published four times a year, but this has been reduced to three times – and it has not missed a deadline for over thirty years!

Over the years articles covering a range of issues and themes such as hermeneutics, public theology, inculturation, liberation theologies, African theology, development, feminism; all of which are directly related to the witness of the church in both Africa and the world have been published.

JTSA also published key theological documents to do with the church in South Africa, as well as book reviews and review articles.


From its very first issue in 1972, which carried articles from two who would become giants of South African theology, Desmond Tutu and David Bosch, as well as a giant of the international ecumenical movement, Hans-Ruedi Weber, JTSA has continued to carry articles from the best of South African, Pan African and International theologians, such as Jürgen Moltmann, Manus Buthelezi, Hans Küng, Barney Pityana, Justin Ukpong, Rosemary Radford-Ruether, John Hick, Norman Gottwald, Simon Maimela, Hendrikus Berkhof, John H. Yoder, Gabriel Setiloane, Howard Clinebell, Musa Dube, C.F.D. Moule, Itumeleng Mosala and Eberhard Jüngel.

Along with these ‘big names’, the JTSA is committed to publishing emerging theologians of Africa so that they can contribute their voices to the wider theological debate as well as gain the confidence and maturity needed to provide leadership for the Church in Africa in the twenty-first century.

JTSA available as a PDF!

Volume 157 (2017) of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (JTSA) introduced the first PDF option.

Subscribers will now be able to subscribe to JTSA as a PDF. We hope that this will make JTSA more accessible. We cannot contractually provide PDF’s of individual articles, but we can make an entire volume available in this format, allowing subscribers to receive an electronic version.

We ask that subscribers who choose the PDF option commit themselves to not reproducing it, except for their own use. By choosing this option you commit yourself to an ethical use of the PDF.

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