- 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
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.
Randi Rashkover is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. She is the author of Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise (2005), and Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics (2011). Most recently, she has co-edited, with Martin Kavka, Judaism, Liberalism and Political Theology (2014).
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