Ralph W. Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor of Old Testament, recently published 1 Chronicles in the prestigious Hermeneia Commentary Series of Fortress Press and available at the LSTC Book Center. Over 25 years in the making, this commentary investigates comprehensively the Chronicler's history of Israel, which begins with Adam and continues through the rise of Cyrus the Persian.
Written in the mid 4th century before Christ, Chronicles is a strong advocate for the temple and its worship in Jerusalem. While Chronicles incorporates large parts of the Books of Samuel and Kings, the Chronicler significantly reworks them to address the challenges and problems of his time and place. Klein's commentary takes advantage of major advances in the understanding of biblical genealogies, especially those recorded in 1 Chronicles 1-9, and of new understanding of the textual history of the Old Testament provided by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Septuagint (a Greek translation of Samuel and Kings written 200 years before Christ.) Klein's dissertation, written at Harvard in the 1960s, made important contributions to our knowledge of the Old Testament text. "
"A lifetime studying Chronicles comes to its full fruition in this comprehensive commentary on a biblical book that is often overlooked," commented Patrick D. Miller of Princeton Theological Seminary. "Klein's deep penetration into the text and meaning of Chronicles is unexcelled in the English language and provides the reader of the book all that he or she needs to understand and expound the meaning of the text. It will be the standard against which other commentaries on Chronicles are measured for years to come."
Erhard S. Gerstenberger of Marburg University in Germany added, "The author pays scrupulous attention to every bit of significant testimony and produces priceless insights for everyone interested in Hebrew Scriptures and Biblical theology."
Klein joined the LSTC faculty as part of the deployment of Christ Seminary-Seminex in 1983 and served as Dean of the seminary from 1988-1999. In addition to his full-time teaching duties, he currently directs the self-study of the seminary in preparation for its re-accreditation in 2007.
Since 1974 he has edited Currents in Theology and Mission, a theological journal published six times a year by the seminary. His website, The Old Testament and the Ancient Near East (http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/) has more than 20,000 hyperlinks to other sites, in addition to providing access to electronic copies of many of Klein's own essays.
Klein has announced his retirement from the seminary, scheduled for June 30, 2008. In the early years of his retirement he hopes to complete the writing of 2 Chronicles in the Hermeneia Series.