Sunday, October 27, 2019

Der Theologe Karl Barth - Podcast

A nice little podcast with a line-up of theologians, including Barth himself. It was broadcast by "Evangelische Perspektiven" of Bayern 2. Yes, it's almost a year old, but worth a listen. Plus, if you fancy practising your German...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God's Love

Seeing as it is now on Amazon, the Eerdmans site and so on, I'll paste it here. This is my blurb for Douglas Campbell's forthcoming, Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God's Love. I know it'll make some of your eyes roll, but 'here I stand' and all that:
Pauline Dogmatics is quite simply the most enjoyable biblical or theology related book I have ever read, and I consider it to be the best book on Pauline theology ever written. A superlative endorsement like this would make me cynical too, but I mean it. This is theology written not simply about Paul, but with Paul, under Paul, illuminating Paul, which reaches beyond the cerebral assault into my own life and practices with unnerving immediacy. And its penny-drop-moment-o-meter is off the scale! This is a dazzling Pauline dogmatics, animated by what matters most: the reality of God in Christ. As such it yields astonishing results. Prepare to have your minds scrambled, interpretive tables overturned, your exegetical hair ruffled, and your theological horizons blow apart. With unique insight, Campbell slam-dunks the most important thing to get right when reading Paul, and he then pushes this through in what can only be called joyful directions. Utterly. Brilliant.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Denutjobifying Barth

I bequeath the world a gift: denutjobifying

I want to write a book for no other reason than to bring it into theological parlance.

Denutjobifying Barth: A Modern Biblical Scholar Encounters Barth's Romans Commentary.

Anyway, the last post outlined some twenty problems biblical scholar may find with Barth's Romans commentary.

In the three videos below I "stand with Barth", so to speak, and present reasons why Barth's commentary makes a good deal more sense than my colleagues in the guild of biblical studies may care to admit.

It runs as follows:
  • Matters of Style (the first video)
  • Matters of Exegesis (second video)
  • and Wider themes (third and final video)
The final video in this series will ask what Barth might teach New Testament scholars. 

1) Style

2) Exegesis 

3) Wider themes