Since its inception Old Testament Essays functions as a vehicle which publishes Old Testament research from various points of view. Its readers are members of the Old Testament Society of South Africa and its primary aim is to regulate and propagate the study of the Old Testament in Africa. Various fields related to the study of the Old Testament are covered: philological / linguistic studies, historical critical studies, archaeological studies, socio-historical studies, literary studies, rhetorical studies, et cetera. OTE is open for the publication of essays of young scholars in collaboration with members of the OTSSA who serve as mentors in the writing process. OTE publishes articles in Afrikaans, English, Dutch, French, and German or any of the South African indigenous languages.