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date: 18 September 2020

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This chapter reflects upon the relationship between Barth’s theology and Jewish thought. Currently we inherit a certain framing of this relationship, generated by a family of Jewish thinkers who placed particular stress on the ‘wholly other’ character of God and God’s revelation as command and love. Yet this Jewish appropriation of Barth has resulted in an unwanted strain of antinomianism and the installation of a ‘gnostic’ sensibility, which insists upon the dramatic separation between God, world, and word. The goal of this chapter is to reorient the encounter between Barth and Jewish theology. To that end, it considers the relation between Barth’s theology and Jewish thought in light of the challenge posed by modern science to religion, and it does so by way of a comparison between Barth’s theology and the work of his teacher at Marburg, the great Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

Keywords: divine command, experience, Hermann Cohen, Judaism, revelation, science, Scripture, study, wisdom

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