Carl Friedrich Keil

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Carl Friedrich Keil
Born (1807-02-26)26 February 1807
Lauterbach near Oelsnitz, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 5 May 1888(1888-05-05) (aged 81)
Rödlitz near Lichtenstein, Kingdom of Saxony
Nationality German
Other names Johann Friedrich Karl Keil
Occupation Lutheran theologian
Known for Old Testament commentary
Biblical commentaries by Keil & Delitzsch

Johann Friedrich Karl Keil or Carl Friedrich Keil (26 February 1807 – 5 May 1888) was a conservative German Lutheran Old Testament commentator. He was born at Lauterbach near Oelsnitz, Kingdom of Saxony, and died at Rätz, Saxony.

He is best known for his contributions to the Keil & Delitzsch commentaries, a ten-volume set written with Franz Delitzsch.[1]

Keil was a student of Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg.

Old Testament Commentary[edit]

From the commentary compilations by Keil & Delitzsch:[1]

  • Volume 1: Pentateuch
  • Volume 2: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel
  • Volume 3: 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles
  • Volume 4: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
  • Volume 5: Psalms
  • Volume 6: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
  • Volume 7: Isaiah
  • Volume 8: Jeremiah, Lamentations
  • Volume 9: Ezekiel, Daniel
  • Volume 10: Minor Prophets


He was a scholar who went along slowly and deliberately, not fantastic, but all the more reasonable and clear, not witty, but all the more beneficial in doctrine and charm by wonderful, unapproachable theories.

— Franz Delitzsch on Keil


  1. ^ a b Carl Friedrich Keil; Franz Delitzsch (1975). Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-88035-2. OCLC 2363963. 

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