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The Epistle to the Philippians, 40th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

By Karl Barth (Author), Bruce L. McCormack (Introduction by) & Francis Watson (Introduction by)
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Karl Barth is known as one of the greatest Christian theologians of modern times. While Barth's writings are permeated by biblical citations and exegesis, there are only a few examples of Barth's interpretation of an entire biblical book. This book is one of those. This reprint of Karl Barth's exposition of the book of Philippians is now made available again. Two new introductory essays by Bruce L. McCormack of Princeton Theological Seminary and Francis B. Watson of the University of Aberdeen examine the significance of Barth's theological exegesis of Philippians and introduce Barth's approach to biblical interpretation. Karl Barth was one of the major theologians of the twentieth century. He is remembered for his voluminous theological writings, especially his Church Dogmatics.

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Karl Barth is known as one of the greatest Christian theologians of modern times. While Barth's writings are permeated by biblical citations and exegesis, there are only a few examples of Barth's interpretation of an entire biblical book. In this anniversary edition of "The Epistle to the Philippians," Karl Barth's exposition of the book of Philippians is again made available. Two new introductory essays by Bruce L. McCormack and Francis B. Watson examine the significance of Barth's theological exegesis of Philippians and introduce Barth's approach to biblical interpretation.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2002
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  Anniversary  
ISBN  0664224202  
ISBN13  9780664224202  

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More About Karl Barth, Bruce L. McCormack & Francis Watson

Karl Barth Karl Barth (May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian. Barth is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to mainstream culture, leading him to be featured on the cover of Time on April 20, 1962.

Beginning with his experience as a pastor, Barth rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century European Protestantism. Instead he embarked on a new theological path initially called dialectical theology, due to its stress on the paradoxical nature of divine truth (e.g., God's relationship to humanity embodies both grace and judgment). Barth's unease with the dominant theology which characterized Europe led him to become a leader in the Confessing Church in Germany, which actively opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. In particular, Barth and other members of the movement vigorously attempted to prevent the Nazis from taking over the existing church and establishing a state church controlled by the regime. This culminated in Barth's authorship of the Barmen Declaration, which fiercely criticized Christians who supported the Nazis.

Many critics have referred to Barth as the father of neo-orthodoxy — a term emphatically rejected by Barth himself. A more accurate description of his work might be "a theology of the Word." Barth's work had a profound impact on twentieth century theology and figures such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer — who like Barth became a leader in the Confessing Church — Thomas Torrance, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacques Ellul, Stanley Hauerwas, Jürgen Moltmann, and novelists such as John Updike and Miklós Szentkuthy.

One of the most prolific and influential theologians of the twentieth century, Barth emphasized the sovereignty of God, particularly through his reinterpretation of the Calvinistic doctrine of election, the sinfulness of humanity, and the "infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind". His most famous works are his The Epistle to the Romans, which marked a clear break from his earlier thinking; and his massive thirteen-volume work Church Dogmatics, one of the largest works of systematic theology ever written.

Karl Barth was born in 1886 and died in 1968.

Karl Barth has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Church Dogmatics
  2. Columbia Series in Reformed Theology
  3. Facets
  4. Galaxy Books
  5. Karl Barth Church Dogmatics
  6. Library of Theological Ethics
  7. Making of Modern Theology
  8. Question What You Thought Before
  9. scm classics

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Window into a Great Mind  Sep 19, 2009
One of my rules of thumb in choosing a commentary over the years has been to the check first to see if Karl Barth has written a review. I generally trust Barth to provide a solid interpretation. Again, Barth has not disappointed.

This printing of Barth's commentary, Epistle to the Philippians, starts with two very helpful interpretations of Barth's work: The significance of Karl Barth's Theological Exegesis of Philippians by Bruce L. McCormack and Barth's Philippians as Theological Exegesis by Francis B. Watson. Both provide deep insight into Barth and the context of his commentary. McCormack, for example, alerts the reader to Karl's interpretation of Paul through the lens of 1 Corinthians 15--Paul's longest statement of the meaning of the resurrection. By contrast, Watson observes that Barth sees the commentator's role as to "assist the text to explain itself". If anything, Barth is subtle so I appreciated the helping hand provided by these two authors.

Why should someone return to Barth for a commentary after 40 years? I suppose the same question could be posed of Calvin, Luther, and Augustine's commentaries: Barth stands in their league. I still try to read Calvin not only for historical interest, but because I believe that the postmodern era presents its own problems in interpretation. New is not always improved. Barth provides a window into somewhat earlier time than our own and helped usher in the current era of biblical interpretation. He reads Calvin in the Latin and Luther in the German. He is familiar with the German school of NT interpretation--not just what has been translated. He takes note of textual weaknesses

As a seminarian, I observe that Barth is heavily quoted in recent commentaries which is suprising in view of the relative brevity of his commentary (128 pages). Obviously, scholars are paying attention.

I like Barth because he takes scripture seriously. If you take scripture seriously, I suspect that you will like him too.

Dr. Stephen W. Hiemstra
Centreville, VA

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