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Annette Potgieter M.A., M.Div.


Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)

Evangelische Theologie


Dr theol (Cum Laude), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Dissertation title: Contested Body: Metaphors of Dominion in Romans 5–8

MTh New Testament (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria

MA Ancient Languages and Cultures (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria

MDiv (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria

BA (Hons) Ancient Languages and Cultures (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria

BTh (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria 2010-04-22


09/2023 – recent
Senior lecture in New Testament and Related Literature, UP

Acting Dean at of Theology and Ministry at Hugenote Kollege

02/2020 – 08/2023
Theology Lecturer at Hugenote Kollege

04/2018 – 01/2019
Minister at NH Rustenburg Tuine

2013 – 2018
Berlin Graduate School (BerGSAS)

2013 – 2010
New Testament Research Assistant
Organised conferences and assisted Prof. Dr. Dr. G.J. Steyn, Head of New Testament, UP

New Testament Research Assistant
Worked for Prof. Dr. J. Kok New Testament, UP

New Testament tutor

2012 – 2013
BYA Tutor
Worked for Dr. E. Meyer, Old Testament, UP

Research Assistant
Worked for Prof. J. Buitendag, Dean of Theology, UP

Youth worker at NG Monumentpark

2009 – 2010
Research assistant
Department Old Testament, University of Pretoria

Ancient Greek tutor

Research assistant

2007 – 2008
Youth worker at NG Rietfontein-Suid

Contested Body: Metaphors of dominion in Romans 5-8

Paul's letter to the Romans, particularly Romans 5–8, is permeatedwith metaphors of dominion, as words such as, rule (βασιλεύω, κυριεύω),enslave (δουλεύω) and liberate (ἐλευθερόω) continually surfaces. Paullived in a world where the perception prevailed that people where constantlyunder the dominion of someone, whether that be a conqueror, a lord,heavenly powers or gods. The modern idea of being autonomous wassomewhat foreign when ancient mentality is purveyed. However, from Paul'svantage point, being dominated is not problematical, but rather the incumbentruler. For Paul, Jesus Christ "our" Lord should be the ruler of believers'bodies.The concept of dominion entails the dominated and its space. Achange in hegemony results in change in the status of the dominated spaceand object. Within Rom 5–8, there is a specific focus on the change oflordship with the lordship specifically located in the human body.Believer'spositioning within the frame of hegemony is important, as it contributes to ourunderstanding of how the first Christians related to dominion and space. Paul employs a myriad of images to persuade his auditors. In recentdecades it has come to light that metaphors are not mere decorative devices,but are in fact pervasive to language. We think in terms of metaphors and ithas become such a part of our world that we do it without even being activelyaware of it. Paul draws on imagery from his time and situation in order topersuade his audience that there is no force or power that can separatebelievers from the love of God. Within the plenitude of Pauline studies, there has not yet been acoherent investigation concerning these metaphors of dominion to which Paulrefers to in Romans 5–8.

This dissertation project was successfully completed within the Research Group C-2 Space and metaphor in cognition, language, and texts of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.

Book publications

Fernandes, G., Fischer, S & Potgieter, A. (eds.) (forthcoming 2024) Song of Songs in sense, sound and space. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Potgieter, A. & De Troyer, Kirsten (eds.) (forthcoming 2024) Worship in the LXX: Practices, Places and their Reception. Leuven: Peeters.

Potgieter, A. & Delport, K. M. (ed) (forthcoming 2024) South African Spiritualities: Experiencing God in everything and nothingness. Wipf & Stock.

Khegan M. Delport & Annette Potgieter eds. (in preparation, 2023), Magic & Mischief: Special
section in Religion & Theology.

Potgieter, A (ed.) 2022, Resilience in a VUCA world: Reflections on teaching, learning and health in turbulent times, in HTS Religion & Society Series, vol. 15, AOSIS Books, Cape Town.

Potgieter, A 2020, Contested body: Metaphors of dominion in Romans 5-8, HTS Religion & Society Series Print ISSN 2617-5819

Potgieter, A. & Wepener, C. (eds.) 2015. Jong Teoloë praat saam… oor God, gemeentes en geloof, Bybelkor: Wellington.

Book chapters published

Potgieter, A. “Wealth of choices: Reading the role of Thecla’s relationship status in a South African context,” Paper presented at “We are families,” N. Muller van Velden, M. Kotze & N. Marais (Eds). Wipf & Stock.

Potgieter, A. 2022. “Missional Ethical issues in Africa through the lens of 2 Cor 2:12-17”, in Knoetze, H. (Ed.) Mission the “labour room” of theology. CLF Publishers: Wellington.

Potgieter, A. 2022. “Rethinking images of God from the Song of Moses and COVID-19,” Potgieter, A. (ed.) Resilience in a VUCA world, Durbanville: AOSIS.

Potgieter, A. 2015. “Eggo’s van oorlog in Hab 2:4: ’n perspektief op lewe,” in Potgieter, A. & Wepener, C. (Eds.) Jong Teoloë praat saam… oor God, gemeentes en geloof, Wellington: Bybelkor.

Journal publications

Potgieter, A., 2023, “Images of God, the Song of Moses, and metaphors,” Scriptura.

Potgieter, A., 2023, “Prayerful Persistence: Luke 18:1-8 through the lens of resilience,” HTS Theological Studies.

Potgieter, A. 2022. “Odes of Solomon, the LXX Odes and worship: some points of orientation,” STJ, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a1

Potgieter, A. 2020, “Standing in God’s favour: spatial reasoning in Romans 5:1–5”, African Theological Journal for Church and Society, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 98-112

Potgieter, A. 2019, Spatial metaphors as a means of persuasion in Romans 5:12-21, Acta Theologica 2019 39(2):130-146 ORCID: http://orcid. org/0000-0002-5987- 4912 ISSN 1015-8758 (Print) ISSN 2309-9089 (Online)

Potgieter, A. 2019, “Digitalisation and the church – A corporeal understanding of church and the influence of technology”, Stellenbosch Theological Journal 2019, Vol 5, No 3, 561–576 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2019.v5n3.a26 Online ISSN 2413-9467 | Print ISSN 2413-9459

“Psalm 26 and Proverbs: Tracing wisdom themes,” Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 35, No 1, (2014): 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v35i1.818.

“Walking wisely: Sapiental influence in Ps 26”, HTS, vol 69 no 1., (2013): Art. #1378, 5 pages.

“The translation of πνεῦῦμα in John 3:8,” NGTT, vol 53 no 1 & 2, (2012): 145-157.

“The Day of Atonement as a hermeneutical key to the understanding of Christology in Hebrews,” Journal of Early Christian History, vol 22.1, (2011): 85–97.