Quote of the Day: Barth on Exegesis

We have been studying cheerfully and seriously.  As far as I was concerned it could have been continued in that way, and I had already resigned myself to having my grave here by the Rhine! … And now the end has come.  So listen to my piece of advice: exegesis, exegesis, and yet more exegesis!  Keep to the Word, to the scripture that has been given us.   

 -Karl Barth

As quoted in the front of Gordon Fee’s New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, 3rd ed (WJK, 2002).  This statement was given on the event of his formal farewell to his students in Bonn, just prior to his expulsion from German in 1935.  Fee drew the qoute from Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts (Philedephia, Fortress Press, 1976).

ps: If I am going to read Barth from where should I start?


2 responses to “Quote of the Day: Barth on Exegesis

  1. DO NOT START WITH HIS ROMANS COMMENTARY! Ignore what anyone tells you about how great it is. It is a very important work but by far not his best work.

    The best place to begin is with either “Eveangelical Theology” or, and in my opinion the better one to read first is, “The Word of God and the Word of Man”

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