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Ralph Klein will deliver Heritage Lecture on "Reading the Old Testament with Martin Luther – and Without Him!"

Posted Sep 2, 2008

On Monday, October 20, the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will present the annual Lutheran Heritage Lecture. The free lecture will be held in LSTC's Common Room starting at 11:45 a.m.

Martin Luther was a professor of Old Testament and his views on biblical exegesis in general and the Old Testament in particular have radically shaped the understanding of the Bible in churches subscribing to the Augsburg Confession. Dr. Klein's lecture, "Reading the Old Testament with Martin Luther - and Without Him!" will reflect on three assessments of Luther as Old Testament scholar by Heinrich Bornkamm, Jaroslav Pelikan, and James Samuel Preus and will attempt to outline a method for appropriating the Old Testament today. The lecture will also deal with the great changes brought about in exegesis since Luther by the rise of the historical critical method and by the ecumenical breakthroughs of the last century.

The Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition.

Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He joined the faculty in 1983 and served as academic dean from 1988-99 and again in the spring semester of 2005. He retired from full-time teaching in June 2008. He was professor and chair of the exegetical theology department at Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Mo.; assistant professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; and an instructor at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Klein has written for the Christian Century, Concordia Theological Monthly, Currents in Theology and Mission, Harvard Theological Review, Interpretation, Journal of Biblical Literature, and has published an acclaimed commentary on 1 Chronicles for the Hermeneia Commentary Series, as well as several other books on Old Testament biblical interpretation. He has edited Currents in Theology and Mission for over 30 years. He is currently working on a commentary on 2 Chronicles and on cataloging the Gruber Rare Book Collection at the JKM Library in Chicago.


Dr. Kurt Hendel
Director, Heritage Lectures


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

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