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.
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?