Psalm 32: The Second Penitential Psalm Today
This is the second of seven posts that aim to show how the Penitential Psalms—Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143—have been read by interpreters such as Augustine, Cassiodorus, Luther and Calvin. One reason for doing this is the conviction that we can learn from past interpretations as we compare them with modern… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 6
The 6th and final post on Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics Conclusion: Barth in our Context Barth’s overall approach is consistent in that faith in the possibility of God’s working in Revelation validates the hermeneutic of trust which is central to his theological exegesis. The former legitimises the latter. Like Wright’s Critical Realism, Barth is honest… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 5
The 5th of six posts on Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics The Holy Spirit and Biblical Interpretation Barth has frequently been accused of having a deficient pneumatology. For example, Williams laments what he sees as the undeveloped pneumatology of Barth in a broad sense, as well as in particular in God’s mediation to his creatures. Colwell… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 4
This is the 4th of six posts on Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics. The Diversity of Barth’s Critics Many of Barth’s German Protestant contemporaries saw a variety of problems with Barth’s exegetical and interpretative approach shown in his Romans commentary. These included the accusation of his being a Biblicist, having a worrying dependence on the Spirit… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 3
Barth’s Disdain for Discussing Hermeneutics Some have dismissed Barth’s biblical ontology and gone no further. A central reason why Barth’s hermeneutics are poorly understood, or dismissed without any engagement, is that he made strenuous efforts to avoid discussing hermeneutics. It is not, as some have claimed, that he makes ad hoc hermeneutical decisions that suit… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 2
Barth’s Break with Liberalism as Hermeneutical in Nature Karl Barth’s break with the prevailing Liberal Protestantism of his ecclesial and educational context has been described as ‘the most important event that has occurred in theology in over two hundred years’. Though some might question the singular magnitude of this assessment there is no disputing the… Continue reading
Karl Barth’s Biblical Hermeneutics, Part 1
Introduction: Barth in his Context It has been claimed that Gadamer said more than he realised when he suggested that ‘despite all his disaffection for methodological reflection, Barth’s Romans is a kind of hermeneutical manifesto’. Precisely what he meant must remain open as he never elaborated on this in his lifetime. During the course of… Continue reading
This blog’s central aim is to explore all aspects of how the Psalter (the biblical psalms) functions as Scripture today.
To this end it will also include book reviews on the Book of Psalms and related topics.
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