Biblical Theological Investigations into the Attributes of God


The programme of the research unit builds on both the 2020/2021 Workshop and the 2022 research unit with the same name. 

  • In 2020/2021 we focused on Biblical Theology as a hermeneutical discipline, and general biblical theological investigations into the attributes of God.

  • In 2022 we had a sharper focus by investigating how biblical texts from the First or Second Testament portray the specific attribute of the righteousness of God as part of the developing, unfolding, and progressive story line of the text.

  • In 2023 we will continue with the trend of investigating a specific attribute of God from a biblical theological viewpoint, this time focusing on the wisdom of God.



Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Attributes of God, Characteristics of God, Righteousness of God, Wisdom of God


Albert J. Coetsee 

North West University

Francois P Viljoen 
North West University

Member Area

Syracuse 2023 Call for Papers

The wisdom of God is a divine attribute frequently found either explicitly or implicitly in the text of the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, references to God’s wisdom are found inter alia in statements of his being (Job 12:13; Isa 28:29; Dan 2:20), descriptions of the way in which he created heaven and earth (Ps 104:24; Jer 10:12; 51:15), and references to his distribution of his wisdom to individuals (1 Kings 3:28; Ezra 7:25). In the New Testament, references to God’s wisdom are found among others in songs of praise (Rom 11:33; Rev 7:12), descriptions of his conduct (Eph 1:8), and arguments concerning Christ as the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24, 30).


The Research Unit “Biblical Theological investigations into the attributes of God” invites scholars to submit papers on biblical texts with explicit or implicit references to the wisdom of God in its rich diversity, and to investigate these texts from a Biblical Theological perspective, that is, by reflecting on how these texts portray the attribute of God’s wisdom as part of the developing, unfolding and progressive story line of the text. Preference will be given tot papers which address some knotty problems related to the attribute of God’s wisdom.