(born October 4, 1926) is an Old Testament Scholar
with major contribution to the growth of Biblical Studies
Koch first studied in the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (one of the top ten Universities in Germany)
and later at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (one of the oldest universities in Germany)
He did his doctoral dissertation at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (the third University established in the Holy Roman Empire)
under Rev. Dr. Gerhard von Rad
the then Old Testament scholar.
Later, Dr. Koch became a Pastor in the Lutheran Churchibid.
Koch began his teaching career as a professor at the University of Kiel
. He is Professor Emeritus
of Old Testament and History of the Ancient near East Religions at the University of Hamburg
He identified Martin Noth
and Gerhard von Rad
as the Fathers of Redaction Criticism in Old Testament Studies. Klaus Koch's inquisitive articles kept the interest in Old Testament. One of them was Is there a Doctrine of Retribution in the Old Testament ?
Klaus Koch, Is there a Doctrine of Retribution in the Old Testament ? in Theodicy in the Old Testament
, ed. James L. Crenshaw, Philadelphia, Fortress Press, 1983, pp.
57-87. Cited by Bruce C. Birch in Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics, and......