Reinhard Kratz provides an introduction to the narrative works of the Old Testament, explaining their sources and the nature of their composition. In his textual criticism he relies on certain basic assumptions: a distinction between Priestly and non-Priestly text in the Pentateuch, the special position of Deuteronomy, a Deuteronomistic revision in the books of Joshua to Kings, and the literary dependence of Chronicles on the books of Samuel and Kings. Kratz expects his readers to “look at the texts of the Old Testament,” as they read the material presented in his book, especially as he describes the content of biblical passages.
Reinhard G. Kratz is Professor of Old Testament, University of Göttingen. Kratz was an assistant in the Department of Old Testament at the University of Zurich and held a Visiting Fellowship position in Christ Church College, Oxford. He has studied literary history and theology of the Old Testament, Ancient Near Eastern prophecy, and Judaism in the Persian and Hellenistic periods.