By Donald Wood
Via his single-minded insistence at the precedence of the Bible within the lifetime of the church, Karl Barth (1886-1968) decisively formed the process twentieth-century Christian theology. Drawing on either commonplace texts and lately released archival fabric, Barth's "Theology of Interpretation" sheds new gentle on Barth's account of simply what it's that scripture provides and calls for. In tracing the circulate of Barth's past considering scriptural studying, the e-book additionally increases very important questions about the ways that Barth can proceed to steer modern discussions concerning the theological interpretation of scripture.
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86 (ET 53): ‘Preaching is, according to the Reformed view, the central function of the church. ’ The eucharist, on Barth’s account, accompanies preaching as a ‘meaningful gesture’ which serves to elucidate the content of the sermon. Just how this is so is developed more fully in Barth’s dogmatics lectures. 110 Barth, Bekenntnisschriften, p. 74 (ET 45). Cf. p. 64 (ET 38–9): ‘Faith confesses. But it does not confess itself, but what is written. In the Reformed church, faith is entirely testificatio, indication.
46 But the historical significance of Abraham as an outstanding religious personality is not the theme of the biblical account. 47 And just this free, effective memory of God that fructifies in the faith of Abraham distinguishes this faith from all immanent, historical, and psychological conditions which can be praised as ‘significant’ in him or others. 48 But if the Bible would see his greatness in that, his faith would not be based on a divine ‘reckoning’. The Bible would then speak (in tones we know only too well from almost any biography) of a righteousness won, conquered—as wages earned or booty triumphantly carried away.
Says Luther. ” The third possibility, that of saying one word, seems at all times to have been for theology a squaring of the circle, an impossible possibility that God has reserved strictly for himself alone to proclaim. I at least know of no theologian, not even those of the Bible, who succeeded in doing what Luther and Calvin failed to do and speaking this word. ’ On the significance of the Calvin lectures for an appraisal of Barth’s early ethics, see John Webster, ‘“Life from the Third Dimension”: Human Action in Barth’s Early Ethics’, in Barth’s Moral Theology.
Barth's Theology of Interpretation (Barth Studies) by Donald Wood