Prof Leonard Maré

Part-Time Lecturer in Biblical Studies

BA / BA(Hons) / MA /
D.Litt et. Phil in Old Testament (Rand Afrikaans University)


Leonard Maré is the national coordinator for Theological Education and Training in the AFM of SA. He also serves as extraordinary professor of Old Testament at North-West University. In 2016, he received a C3 rating from the National Research Foundation.


Leonard holds the B.A., B.A. Hons. (Semitic languages), M.A. (Semitic languages), M.A. (Biblical Studies), M.A. (Church Leadership) and D. Litt et. Phil (Old Testament) degrees from Rand Afrikaans University (now part of the University of Johannesburg).


In addition to teaching Old Testament and Hebrew at graduate level at ATS and UJ, Leonard has acted as supervisor for 7 Masters students and 1 Doctoral student and as external examiner for 17 Masters students and 15 Doctoral students. He has published 30 articles in accredited journals, two articles in academic books, and 31 book reviews. He is co-author of a survey of the Bible, published in Afrikaans (Ontsluit die Bybel). He has also presented 18 academic papers at conferences in South Africa, the USA and Europe.


Leonard is a member of the following professional societies: Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA), Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) and South African Society for Near Eastern Studies (SASNES). He also serves as member of the Advisory Committee for Bible translation in Afrikaans and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research published by Wipf & Stock.


His academic interest is the Book of Psalms, Lament in the Bible and early Christian tradition, the  Poetical and Wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament Hermeneutics and Theology, Bible Translation, and Pentecostal Theology and Hermeneutics.