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Book Watch: Barth’s Epistle to the Romans 1922

April 16, 2013

Barth's Epistle to the Romans 1922 (Donald Wood)Barth’s Epistle to the Romans 1922
Donald Wood

Scheduled Release: May 16, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
SRP: $24.95
Paperback

Publisher’s Description: “This is an introduction to Karl Barth’s ground breaking commentary on St Paul’s letters to the Romans from 1922 which laid the foundation to his later theology. Without any doubt Karl Barth was the most influential Protestant theologian of the 20th century. It was his commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans that was gain Barth’s international reputation, long before the massive work of his Church Dogmatics. Barth’s The Epistle to the Romans is a landmark of twentieth-century theological literature and still required reading for students of the history of modern Christian theology. It is also famously provocative and controversial. Its first appearance helped trigger a parting of ways between Protestant liberalism and the theology of crisis. Today, nearly a century later, it continues to generate widespread discussion among theologians, biblical scholars, and philosophers.

“This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on the theological and historical context, key themes, reception and influence. Continuum Reader’s Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.”

The Author: Donald Wood is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen, and author of Barth’s Theology of Interpretation (Ashgate, 2007).

Why We’re Excited: Those of us who have studied with the theology faculty at the University of Aberdeen know that Don Wood has a keen mind and his analysis frequently cuts right to the heart of whatever subject is under consideration.  And even as a Barthian I have for years found Barth’s Romans commentary dizzying and at times impenetrable.  Wood ran a student reading group for Barth’s Romans a couple of years ago, which I found incredibly helpful in identifying Barth’s subtle moves and hidden conversation partners.  His reader’s guide is sure to prove instructive, and maybe paired with Kenneth Oakes’ new volume on Romans I can finally make some headway into this landmark work in early twentieth-century biblical theology.

Pre-Order: Amazon.com ($24.95 at the time of publication)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 17, 2013 2:10 am

    Wow – he actually finished it. Next step: apocalypse.

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