The death of Professor W S Prinsloo on the 5th of October 1997 had immense consequences. This defecit was an incountable loss for the Old
Testament scholarship and science in South Africa. Prinsloo was a competent scholar who had a wide range of international scholarly contacts. He served the Old Testament study with research, lectures and writing. His contribution to the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria cannot be over estimated. In addition to his lecturing responsibilities, his service as dean can be described as monumentous. The Faculty of Theology in particular and the University of Pretoria in general could be grateful for, and proud of this great academic.