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Gary N. Knoppers

Gary Neil Knoppers is a professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He has written books and articles regarding a range of Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern topics. He is particularly renowned as the author of I Chronicles 1 - 9 (Anchor Bible Volume 12) and I Chronicles 10 - 29 (Anchor Bible Volume 12A), which together comprise a very significant treatment of the work of the Chronicler. In May 2005 the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies/Societe canadienne des Etudes bibliques granted the R. B. Y. Scott Award to Knoppers for his two-volume Anchor Bible commentary on I Chronicles1.

Early life and education

Knoppers parents were Barthie Maria Boon Knoppers and Rev. Nicolaas Bastiaan Knoppers. Knoppers' upbringing was in the Dutch Reformed tradition.²

Knoppers studied at Calvin College from 1975 to 1979, where he majored in philosophy, obtaining a B.A. cum laude. He then moved on to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he studied Old Testament from 1979 to 1982, graduating M.Div. Harvard University was next, and there Knoppers obtained an M.A. with distinction in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. His Harvard studies were from 1982 to 1986.³ Knoppers obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1988. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard was entitled "What Share Have We in David?": The Division of the Kingdom in Kings and Chronicles.4 Frank Moore Cross, Jr. directed his Ph.D.

At Penn State

Before taking up responsibilities at Penn State, Knoppers first taught at Andover Newton Theological School for a term in spring 1986.

Knoppers was the Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University from 1996 to 2006. His concentrations are: Ancient Israelite and Near Eastern History; Ancient Historiography; Biblical Theology; The Books of Kings and Chronicles; Comparative Ancient Near Eastern Religions; Inner Biblical Exegesis; Northwest Semitic Epigraphy. He is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies.³

In 1987-88 he began his career at Penn State as Instructor in Religious Studies, and then was Assistant Professor in Religious Studies 1988-1994. From 1994 to 2002 he was Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies. Since 2002 he has been Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

As of 2007, Knoppers served on the following theological boards and committees:

Books

  • The Reign of Solomon and the Rise of Jeroboam which is Vol. 1 of Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies (Harvard Semitic Monographs No. 52) (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), 302 pages.
  • The Reign of Jeroboam, the Fall of Israel, and the Reign of Josiah which is Vol. 2 of Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies (Harvard Semitic Monographs No. 53) (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994), 349 pages.
  • Reconsidering Israel and Judah: The Deuteronomistic History in Recent Thought written by the team of Gary N. Knoppers and J. Gordon McConville Sources for Biblical and Theological Study, vol. 8 (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2000), 650 pages.
  • The Chronicler as Theologian: Festschrift, Ralph W. Klein Edited by M. Patrick Graham, Gary N. Knoppers and S. L. McKenzie, JSOT Supplement No. 371 (London: T. & T. Clark Continuum, 2003), 288 pages.
  • I Chronicles 1 - 9 (Anchor Bible Volume 12) (New York: Doubleday, 2003), 514 pages.
  • I Chronicles 10 - 29 (Anchor Bible Volume 12A) (New York: Doubleday, 2004), 531 pages [the two Anchor volumes combine to a total of 1045 pages, the page nos. continue from the first vol. into the second vol].

Articles and shorter pieces

Footnotes/references

1. For more details on the http://www.ccsr.ca/csbs/ScottAward.html

2. Knoppers, Gary N. I Chronicles 1 - 9, Anchor Bible Volume 12 (New York:Doubleday, 2003, p. xii.

3. Gerald Neil Knoppers Curriculum Vitae: http://jbe.la.psu.edu/cams/knoppersVITA.htm

4. Knoppers, Gary N. I Chronicles 1 - 9, Anchor Bible Volume 12 (New York:Doubleday, 2003), p. 188.

External links

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • R. B. Y. Scott Award

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