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Prof. Dr. Elna Mouton

Elna Mouton

Elna Mouton

Elna Mouton started her career as an ecclesial social worker in Transkei and Port Elizabeth (South Africa). She then taught New Testament at the former University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University) for 10 years, while reading for a DTh at the University of the Western Cape. The topic of her doctoral project (later published by the Society of Biblical Literature and Brill) was: “Reading a New Testament document ethically,” with a focus on the letter to the Ephesians. Since 2000 she has been teaching New Testament at the Faculty of Theology in Stellenbosch for 17½ years, where she also served as academic dean for five years. She is a co-editor and -author of the book Living with Dignity: African Perspectives on Gender Equality (SUN MeDIA, 2015), which was awarded the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize 2016 for the best theological book in an official language of South Africa. Her current research focuses on the Gospel of John and moral formation in the context of households (in Africa). Elna is also an ordained minister (in the Dutch Reformed Church). Since February 2019 she serves as chaplain at the Andrew Murray Centre for Spirituality in Wellington (South Africa).