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date: 04 April 2020

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Ever since 1967, when Friedrich-Wilhelm Marquardt first proclaimed Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics to be the discovery of Judaism for Christianity, Barth’s theology of Jews, Judaism, and Israel has been a matter of increasing interest and contention. Having moved well beyond the earlier presumption of Israel’s absence from Barth’s thinking, conversations have now turned to the much more interesting questions of why and how he afforded Israel and Judaism such prominence. With due regard to his episodic ambiguity in these matters, this chapter argues that Karl Barth came gradually to the realization that he was compelled to speak of Israel and the Jewish people, not reactively or reluctantly, but because neither Christianity nor the church are possible without or apart from them.

Keywords: covenant, election, Israel, Jews, Judaism, revelation

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