By Donald Wood
Via his single-minded insistence at the precedence of the Bible within the lifetime of the church, Karl Barth (1886-1968) decisively formed the process twentieth-century Christian theology. Drawing on either usual texts and lately released archival fabric, Barth's "Theology of Interpretation" sheds new mild on Barth's account of simply what it really is that scripture provides and calls for. In tracing the flow of Barth's previous considering scriptural analyzing, the booklet additionally increases very important questions about the ways that Barth can proceed to persuade modern discussions concerning the theological interpretation of scripture.
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The personality of each individual is not excluded but is grounded through the great disquiet of the ‘not yet’ and the ‘no longer’. 1–8 is, again, whether the story of Abraham supports or undermines the claim of the comprehensiveness (or, in language more characteristic of the second Römerbrief, the ‘complete otherness’63) of God’s act in Christ. Or, put otherwise, whether the story of Abraham is merely negated by the gospel or is in fact revealed as truly significant as it bears witness to the resurrection of Christ.
See Rumscheidt, Revelation and Theology, p. 30. 101 Rumscheidt, Revelation and Theology, p. 30. See further G. Wayne Glick, The Reality of Christianity. A Study of Adolf von Harnack as Historian and Theologian (New York, 1967), p. 227. 102 Rumscheidt, Revelation and Theology, p. 37. 103 Rumscheidt, Revelation and Theology, p. 48. 100 Barth’s Theology of Interpretation 32 latter is, as it were, the formal correlate of the material concern at the heart of the Reformed church, and is to be explicated in connection with it.
Martin Rumscheidt, Revelation and Theology. An analysis of the Barth-Harnack correspondence of 1923 (Cambridge, 1972), p. 32. 80 Barth, UCR I, p. 28 (ET 23). 81 Busch, Die Anfänge, p. 13. See further Wolfgang Greive, Die Kirche als Ort der Warheit. Das Verständnis der Kirche in der Theologie Karl Barths (Göttingen, 1991). 82 On this and the following chronological sketch, see Busch, Karl Barth, pp. 128–64. Barth’s Theology of Interpretation 26 time he attempts to shape a theology of scriptural interpretation within a larger dogmatic structure, deploying the resources of a trinitarian doctrine of revelation to describe interpretation as a venture of the preaching church in which it anticipates the judgment of God on its speaking by continually attending to scripture, reflecting on its own past and present reiteration of scripture’s theme, and above all invoking God’s grace as it does so.
Barth's Theology of Interpretation (Barth Studies) by Donald Wood