Journal for Semitics (JSem) is published by the Southern Africa Society for Near Eastern Studies (SASNES). The journal appears twice annually. The subscription rate is R45,00 per number in Southern Africa (R90 per volume) and US $45 elsewhere (US $90 per volume). SASNES members receive the journal as part of their membership. Back numbers are available on request.  To order back issues at reduced prices please complete the order form available here and send it to the editor of the journal, Prof Willem Boshoff (

Journal for Semitics is accredited by the South African Department of Education and Training and published for SASNES by Unisa Press and printed by the Production Department, University of South Africa.

The table of contents of the latest Journal of Semitics can be viewed here.

Full text issues of Journal for Semitics (1989 – 2007; volumes 1 – 18) are available online at African Journal Archive. Later volumes are available online from Sabinet’s African Electronic Journals (

The full house rules and guidelines for authors for the publication of articles in JSem can be viewed here.

The editorial team and committee of JSem consists of the following members:


Dr Renate Marian van Dijk-Coombes,

Stellenbosch University


Editorial Committee:

Dr Ashraf Dockrat (Chairperson)

Professor Jaco Gericke  (Deputy chairperson)

Dr Kevin Chau (Secretary)

Professor Lodewyk Sutton (Treasurer)

Dr Godwin Mushayabasa

Professor Tshokolo  Makutoane

Dr Renate Marian van Dijk-Coombes (Editor)

International Advisory Board:
Prof Najib al-Soudi (Yemen)
Prof Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (USA)
Prof Yehoshua Gitay (Israel)
Prof James Alfred Loader (Austria)
Prof Mark Smith (USA)
Dr Emmanuel Usue (Nigeria)
Prof Ernst Wendland (Zambia)

Typography and treasurer:
Mr A Landman