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Klaus-Peter Adam

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Klaus-Peter Adam

Phone: 773-256-0695

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Theological Exam(equals M.A.)-Eberhard-Karls-University Tubingen
Ph.D.- Philipps-University Marburg
Habilitation- Philipps-University Marburg

Areas of Expertise

Topics that Dr. Adam is available to address at adult forums and other congregational events

Law in the Hebrew Bible
History and writing of history in the Hebrew Bible
King David as a character in narratives King Saul's tragic destiny / Tragedy in the Hebrew Bible
The prophets and their witness in the Bible
Bible and Archaeology
Reading and interpreting narratives in the Hebrew Bible
Body and Sexuality in the Old Testament


Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Klaus-Peter Adam has studied in Berlin, Tubingen, Munich, Marburg and at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. He served as an ordained minister in the Lutheran church of Wuerttemberg for six years. From 2002-2008 he was a research scholar, and taught in the field of Old Testament and Religious Studies at Marburg, Hamburg, Bremen and Erlangen.

Combining historical and theological dimensions of Old Testament scholarship, his work interfaces philological, historical, literary, and comparative methods. His current work includes biblical historiography, the stories about Saul and David, the book of Kings, biblical archaeology, the impact of dramatic forms on biblical narratives, as well as abstract legal norms and case narratives. Klaus-Peter Adam is a passionate jogger and bike rider and enjoys reading modern fiction in English and German as well as listening to early music.

Published Works

Review of Reading Samuel: A Literary and Theological Commentary by Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos, in RBL book reviews

"Saul as a Tragic Hero: Greek Drama and its Influence on Hebrew Scripture in 1Samuel 14,24-46 (10,8; 13,7-13A; 10,17-27)” in  E. Eynikel/A. G. Auld, For and Against David. Story and History in the Books of Samuel BETL 232, Peeters: Leuven 2010,123-183.

Co-editor of “Soundings in Kings: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship” (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010)

“Warfare and Treaty Formulas in the Background of Kings,” a chapter in “Soundings in Kings: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship”  Mark Leuchter and Klaus-Peter Adam, eds. (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010): 35-68

“And He Behaved Like a Prophet Among Them.” (1 Sam 10:11b) The Depreciative Yse of Nb'  Hitpael and the Comparative Evidence of Ecstatic Prophecy, "Welt des Orients" 2010 p. 1-53

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