Jeffrey J. Kloha

Born in Chicago, while a young child he moved with his family as his father, a Lutheran elementary school principal, accepted calls to the New York City area and Detroit before returning to Chicago. After completing studies at Concordia Seminary he served Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Lakewood (Cleveland), Ohio from 1993-99, after which he returned to Concordia Seminary. Studies at the University of Leeds began shortly thereafter, with his Ph.D. thesis accepted in 2006. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Seminary’s Director of Theological Resources and Continuing Education.

His areas of research include the formation of the New Testament, specifically its text and canonical development within the context of early church history. He has published several articles on the text of the Pauline Letters, ancient Gnosticism and early Christianity, and Pauline theology in Novum Testamentum, Concordia Theological Quarterly, and Concordia Journal and a chapter in book on New Testament textual criticism. He is currently completing a book on the text of 1 Corinthians, and, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Birmingham (UK), editing the Vetus Latina volumes of the Pauline Hauptbriefe.

Outside of the academic setting Kloha regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences and in congregational settings. He coaches the Concordia Seminary Division II Collegiate cycling team and is Race Director for Ghisallo Racing, a St. Louis-based competitive cycling team, for whom he races in Category 3/Masters events locally and in the Midwest. He and his wife, Susan, are raising two daughters, who fill the calendar with band events, lessons, concerts, and other teenaged-girl activities.

Position:

  • Provost
  • Director of Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts
  • Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology

Degrees:

  • B.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • M.Div, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., University of Leeds, U.K.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7566
Email: klohaj@csl.edu

Courses:

Conference Topics

  • “How We Got the Bible”
  • “The ‘New Perspective’ on Paul: Righteousness, the Reformation, Reading Paul’s Letters and Reaching People with the Gospel”
  • “James: Living Righteousness”
  • “1 Corinthians: In Christ and In the World”
  • “The Church in the New Testament”
  • “From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Translations”
  • “Parables of Jesus: Living Under Him in His Kingdom”

Links to Resources

Recommended Resources

If you want to get up to speed with recent developments in New Testament textual criticism, the place to begin is David Parker’s An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and their Texts (Cambridge, 2008). Significant changes have occurred in the field in the last 20 years, and new editions of the Greek New Testament (including a forthcoming Nestle-Aland 28th edition) will reflect these changes.

In Pauline theology a never-ending debate is the so-called “New Perspective” on Paul –now some 30 years old. A good recent summary is Magnus Zetterholm, Approaches to Paul: A Student’s Guide to Recent Scholarship (Augsburg Fortress, 2009). I’ve also found helpful the essays included in The Πίστις Χριστοῦ Debate: The Faith of Jesus Christ Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies, edited by Bird and Sprinkle (Hendrickson, 2009). This is a challenging topic, I still find myself up in the air on how to read certain examples of this phrase in Romans and Galatians.

Outside of New Testament studies, I find myself grabbing Malcolm Gladwell’s stuff from the library every so often. I really enjoyed his Outliers and just finished, for the second time, The Tipping Point. I’m not always convinced, but these are good reads (or listens, if you get the audio for those long car trips) and thought provoking.

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