Claus Westermann

WestermannClaus Westermann was a biblical scholar and exegete most famous for his massive commentary on Genesis- a commentary that has never, and probably will never be surpassed in scope or erudition or, for that matter, exegetical and hermeneutical usefulness.  He was born on October 7, 1909.

Though best known for his commentary on Genesis, Westermann published a lot.  He wasn’t the sort of narrow academic who only knew Torah or who spent his life studying only one aspect of the Hebrew verbal system.  His breadth of knowledge was impressive.  A rarity in his own day and even more so these days, when overspecialization has crippled scholarship and some people know only one thing and nothing else.

Westermann’s career was long and he lived quite a long life as well, dying on June 11, 2000.  Lest we forget…

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