Barthian Hermeneutics

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, seminary student, and scholar.)

In much of the discussion on theological hermeneutics in the past decades, commonly
underestimated is Karl Barth’s hermeneutical thought as a resource for contemporary theological interpretation. Edgar V. McKnight refers to Rudolf Bultmann overwhelmingly more than he does to Barth, in his post-modern use of the Bible. Grant R. Osborne also gives balanced, but relatively scant attention to Barth. Perhaps the reason is that Barth’s principle of “discontinuity” between humankind and God’s Word that can only be bridged by the work of the Spirit in interpretation, undermines hermeneutics as a valid theological task, as Anthony C. Thiselton argues. . . . more

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