After teaching at the University of South Africa (UNISA) for 13 years, Dr. Gräbe was called to start the first Ph.D. program in the School of Divinity at Regent University. In order to meet the specific needs of Regent University's Ph.D. students an innovative program was launched, combining cutting edge educational technology with time honored relationship based face to face instruction.

Dr. Gräbe enjoys teaching and has a special interest in Distance Education. He studied extensively in Europe. He did research for his doctoral dissertation at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany under the guidance of the well known Pauline scholar, Prof. Dr. Karl Kertlege. His dissertation on "The Power of God in Paul's Letters" was published in the series "Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament" (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1989). Post-doctoral research was undertaken as a visiting scholar at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany with Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Hahn and his successor, Prof. Dr. Alexander Wedderburn, as well as at the University of Cambridge, U.K., with Prof. Dr. Graham Stanton. This extensive post-doctoral research led to the publication of Der neue Bund in der frühchristlichen Literatur unter Berücksichtigung der alttestamentlich-jüdischen Voraussetzungen, Würzburg: Echter Verlag, 2001. (Forschung zur Bibel 96.) His research on the covenant theme continued and led to the publication of New Covenant, New Community. The Significance of Biblical and Patristic Covenant Theology for Current Understanding. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Publishing, 2006.


Dr. Gräbe views teaching as a high calling. He has a special interest in Distance Education and obtained the module in Distance Education from the Diploma in Tertiary Education at the University of South Africa with distinction (1992). He also completed the Master Instruction Program at Regent University (2004) and obtained Blackboard Certification from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Regent University in 2005. He also obtained the Online Instructional Design Certificate from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Regent University, as well as the Certificate on College Teaching, offered by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.


New Testament Exegesis and Theology, with Special Emphasis on the Pauline Corpus

The Covenant Motif in the Old Testament, New Testament and Early Church Fathers

Old Testament Theology

The Use of Scripture in the Church Fathers

Hermeneutical Philosophy, with Specail Emphasis on Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur




  • Theological Education Renewal Award (2007), focusing on the integration of faith and practice. Yale Center for Faith and Culture
  • Faculty Research Grants, Regent University, 2004-2005, 2008-2009
  • Chancellor's Prize for Research, University of South Africa, 2001
  • Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship (1999)
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (March-August 1999)
  • Senior Overseas Research Grant, Research Committee, University of South Africa, 1995
  • Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Research Abroad, Centre for Science Development, Human Sciences Research Council, 1995
  • Grant for delivering a paper at an international conference abroad by the Research Committee (University of South Africa), as well as by the Centre for Science Development (Human Sciences Research Council), 1993
  • Scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany (German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD]), 1987/1988
  • National Scholarship
  • Scholarship for doctoral studies abroad, Centre for Science Development (Human Sciences Research Council)
  • Andrew Murray Prize for the best student in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics
  • Scholarships awarded for academic merit by the University of Pretoria 


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