Born 1961 in Germiston, South Africa; 1980-1988 studied first Mathematics in Cape Town, then Protestant Theology and Greek Philology in Johannesburg (1981-1983 B.A.) and Pretoria (1983-1988 B.D.; M.Div.; M.A.), and gained his doctorate as Dr. theol. in 1995 and post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in 2006 at Humboldt-Universität Berlin, with a thesis on the semantics of a central category of history of religion in modern Christology research (Theios Anthropos, Tübingen 1997) and on Christology in the Gospel of Mark (Der abwesende Herr, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2006).
After fellowships in Bern and Munich in 1988-1990, Prof. du Toit was initially a research assistant for New Testament Studies at the Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin in Berlin-Zehlendorf (1990-1992), becoming an academic tutor at the Collegium Oecumenicum in Munich (1992-1995), and intermittently acting as research assistant at LMU Munich (1993/94). He was a vicar in Münster (Westphalia) from 1995-1997, a research assistant at Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel, Bielefeld, from 1997-2003, and a research assistant and lecturer at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, from 2003-2008. Prof. du Toit has been an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church of Westphalia since 1997 (reformed denomination) and Professor of New Testament Studies at LMU Munich since 2008.
Focal Areas of Research
- Research into early Christianity in the conditions of Graeco-Roman culture (particular emphasis on the construction of the cultural encyclopedia presumed in early Christian texts)
- Semantics and lexicography of early Christian Greek
- The historical construction of specific sub-aspects of the history of theology in early Christianity (esp. Jesus research, the development of Christology, theologies of the synoptists)
- Application of findings and methods drawn from linguistics, literary analysis and semiotics to the interpretation of early Christian texts
Membership of Professional Associations
- Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS)
- Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (WGTh)
- New Testament Society of South Africa (NTSSA)