- 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 examines the role and character of scriptural exegesis in Barth’s theology. The interpretation and exposition of the biblical texts was not of merely incidental or sporadic interest to Barth. On the contrary, scriptural exegesis was a fundamental and pervasive feature of both his pastoral and his academic activity, which remains inexplicable apart from attention to its exegetical coordinates. Study of Barth’s exegesis involves attending to three topics: his conception of the nature and authority of scripture; his portrayal of the grounds, tasks, and ends of scriptural interpretation; and his concrete exegetical practices and proposals. Engaging a selection of Barth’s writings from his Safenwil pastorate through the first volume of the Church Dogmatics, this chapter outlines some major features of Barth’s doctrine of scripture and theology of scriptural interpretation, observes the capacity of his exegesis to provoke strong critical reaction, and identifies opportunities for further research.
Donald Wood is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Barth’s Theology of Interpretation (2007) and numerous articles on the theology of Karl Barth.
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