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Epistle to the Philippians Paperback – Deluxe Edition, August 30, 2002
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The following titled sections indicate Barth's focus:
Copartners in Grace!
Christ Will be Magnified ("Christ is preached!")
Children of God among a Perverse Generation (self versus humility/grace)
Rejoice in the Lord!
Righteousness from God (not from self righteousness)
The God of Peace
The Offering Well Pleasing to God
"God's Equal forgoes asserting himself as such, enters into the obscurity of human, nature, seeks not to be called good (Mark 10:18) but like all other men to live by grace ... not because of the moral achievement of this Man" (pp. 64,65).
"According to the good pleasure of God, in his freedom, that Jesus is the Lord, that we are Christians--in a word, that grace is REALITY ... therefore ...Read more ›
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.Read more ›