- Copyright page
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- The Tasks of Theology
- Revelation and Scripture
- Jesus Christ
- The Spirit
- Sin and Evil
- Human Being
- Christian Life
- Justification, Sanctification, Vocation
- Barth and the Racial Imaginary
- Barth and Modern Moral Philosophy
- Barth and Gender
- Barth and Public Life
- Barth and Hermeneutics
- Barth and Preaching
- Barth and Environmental Theology
- Barth and Culture
- Barth and Judaism
- Barth, Religion, and the Religions
- Barth and Contemporary Protestant Theology
- Barth and Roman Catholic Theology
Abstract and Keywords
While Karl Barth avoided the question of hermeneutics and theological method, preferring to focus on the actual exegesis of Scripture, his work is thoroughly—albeit often implicitly—hermeneutical. His hermeneutics, however, is always determined by the subject matter. Over against historical critics who advocated a posture of feigned neutrality, Barth argued that the interpretation of a text requires a participation in its subject matter. Barth’s hermeneutics thus changed over the course of his career as his understanding of the subject matter changed. The eschatological subject matter of his early theology led to a hermeneutic of simultaneity. The historical subject matter of his later, Christocentric theology led to a hermeneutic of description. This chapter argues for an apocalyptic subject matter that unifies the eschatological and the historical and generates a bifocal hermeneutic.
David W. Congdon is Acquisitions Editor at the University Press of Kansas and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His research focuses on dialectical and intercultural theology, with a particular interest in the relationship between Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann. He is the author of The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann’s Dialectical Theology (2015) and The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch (2016). He is co-editor of Karl Barth in Conversation (2014) and Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium (2019). He is also co-founder of the Society for Dialectical Theology.
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