|About the Book|
I was and I am an ordinary theologian, who does not have the Word of God at his disposal, but, at best, a Doctrine of the Word of God, writes Karl Barth in the preface of Die christliche Dogmatik im Emtwurf. Properly appreciating the complexMoreI was and I am an ordinary theologian, who does not have the Word of God at his disposal, but, at best, a Doctrine of the Word of God, writes Karl Barth in the preface of Die christliche Dogmatik im Emtwurf. Properly appreciating the complex career of Barths characterization of what Scripture is theologically can open up constructive lines of inquiry regarding his self-description as a theologian and reader of the Bible. By mining Barths published and posthumous theological and exegetical writings and sermons, both well-known materials and understudied writings such as the significant Das Schriftprinzip der reformierten Kirche lecture, Alfred H. Yuen offers a unique reading of Barths thoughts on the person and work of the biblical writers by mapping his theological career as a university student, a pastor, a writer, a young professor, and, above all, a child of God (CD I/1, 464-65).Arrested by the doctrinal cogency and rhetorical power of Barths earlier writing, de scriptura sacra, Yuen holds it up for sustained interrogation. The result is an essay of considerable interest that raises significant questions about the pneumatological dimensions of Barths theology of Scripture and scriptural reading.--Donald Wood, Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, Kings College, ScotlandThis is a welcome attempt to clarify a key aspect of Barths doctrine of Scripture. Yuen surveys a number of Barths writings and sermons that others neglect, and in so doing discovers the importance for Barth of the Spirits vivifying work in biblical authors and readers alike. This study provides further help in correcting the tendency to view the Bible and its interpretation apart from the activity of the triune God, in whom the Bible lives, and moves, and has its being.--Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IllinoisAlfred H. Yuen was a postdoctoral research scholar at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, from 2012 to 2013. He undertook his PhD at Kings College, Aberdeen, under Professor John Webster.