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Freedom under the Word

Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis

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In Freedom under the Word, top-tier scholars offer critical engagements with Karl Barth's exegesis of Christian Scripture and explore its implications for contemporary hermeneutics and biblical interpretation. Focusing on rare texts from the Barth corpus, this volume considers the legacy and potential of Barth's theology by presenting a wide-ranging engagement with and assessment of Barth's theological exegesis. The book covers Barth's career chronologically, providing insight into his theological development as it relates to Scripture. Freedom under the Word will benefit professors and students of theology, biblical interpretation, and the theological interpretation of Scripture as well as Barth scholars.


Introduction Ben Rhodes and Martin Westerholm
Part 1: Barth's Theology of Scripture
1. Barth's Theology of Scripture in Developmental Perspective Martin Westerholm
2. Barth's Theology of Scripture in Dogmatic Perspective Ben Rhodes
Part 2: Barth's Early Exegesis
3. Rewriting Romans: Theology and Exegesis in Barth's Early Commentaries    Francis Watson
4. "A Relation beyond All Relations": God and Creatures in Barth's Lectures on Ephesians, 1921-22 John Webster
5. The Call to Repentance Is the Call of the Gospel: Barth, the Epistle of James, and Moral Theology Carsten Card-Hyatt
Part 3: Barth's Doctrine of God in Exegetical Perspective
6. The Logos Is Jesus Christ: Karl Barth on the Johannine Prologue Wesley Hill
7. Karl Barth on Ephesians 1:4 Stephen Fowl
8. Karl Barth and Isaiah's Figural Hope Mark Gignilliat
9. Israel and the Church: Barth's Exegesis of Romans 9-11 Susannah Ticciati
Part 4: Barth's Doctrine of Creation in Exegetical Perspective
10. Creation and Covenant: Karl Barth's Exegesis of Genesis 2:8-17 Andrew B. Torrance
11. Barth on God's Graciousness toward Humanity in Genesis 1-2 Christina N. Larsen
12. "Worthy Is the Lamb": Karl Barth's Exegesis of Revelation 4-5 Christopher Green
Part 5: Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation in Exegetical Perspective
13. Barth on Christ and Adam Grant Macaskill
14. "We, Too, Are in Advent": Barth's Theological Exegesis of Hebrews 11 R. David Nelson
15. The Compassion of Jesus for the Crowds Paul T. Nimmo


"The breadth and intensity of Barth's commitment to the exegetical mainsprings of Christian faith and thought generally, and of doctrine in particular, are well honored and well served by this fine volume. As these essays make clear in all their incisiveness and insight, read well, Barth's theology continues to invite us to return again and again to dwell in the 'strange new world of the Bible.'"

Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen

The Authors

  1. Ben Rhodes

    Ben Rhodes

    Ben Rhodes (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is manager of academic studies at the Christian Institute on Disability at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center in Agoura Hills, California. He also teaches at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

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  2. Martin Westerholm

    Martin Westerholm

    Martin Westerholm (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is senior lecturer in systematic theology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He previously taught at Durham University. Westerholm is the author of several books, including The Ordering of the...

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