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Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism
HARDCOVER; Published: 2/13/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7576-1
189 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6" x 9"
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How Jewish was Karl Barth? This provocative question by David Novak opens Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism—a volume that brings together nine eminent Jewish and Christian theologians reflecting on a crucial aspect of Barth’s thought and legacy. These scholarly essays not only make a noteworthy contribution to Barth studies but also demonstrate creative possibilities for building positive Jewish-Christian relations without theological compromise.

Contributors & Topics

David Novak on the extent to which Barth thought like a Jew

Eberhard Busch on three Jewish-Christian milestones in Barth’s life

George Hunsinger on Christian philo-Semitism and supersessionism

Peter Ochs on Barthian elements in Jewish-Christian dialogue

Victoria J. Barnett on Barth and post-WWII interfaith encounters

Thomas F. Torrance on Israel’s divine calling in world history

C. E. B. Cranfield on Pauline texts pertinent to Jewish-Christian relations

Hans Küng on moving from anti-Semitism to theological dialogue

Ellen T. Charry on addressing theological roots of enmity

Elliot Ratzman
— Lawrence University
“George Hunsinger hosts an all-star cast of theologians and scholars modeling serious and respectful interreligious encounter at the highest levels. This is an impressive volume, an indispensable addition to the curriculum of seminaries and study circles alike.”
Keith L. Johnson
— Wheaton College
“Unexpectedly moving. . . . Barth scholars will appreciate the deep archival work and the fresh readings of his theology. Others interested in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity will find a volume full of challenging questions, honest answers, and new insights.”