Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to Karl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans, by Kenneth Oakes (Wipf & Stock , 2011)
Karl Barth’s 1922 The Epistle to the Romans is one of the most famous, notorious, and influential works in twentieth-century theology and biblical studies. It is also a famously and notoriously difficult and enigmatic work, especially as its historical context becomes more and more foreign. In this book, Kenneth Oakes provides historical background to the writing of The Epistle to the Romans, an introduction and analysis of its main themes and terms, a running commentary on the text itself, and suggestions for further readings from Barth on some of the issues it raises. The volume not only offers orientation and assistance for those reading The Epistle to the Romans for the first time, it also deals with contemporary problems in current Barth scholarship regarding liberalism, dialectics, and analogy.
“Barth’s Epistle to the Romans is notoriously opaque and challenging; Oakes’ guide is lively, perceptive, and nimble, and will enable readers to approach Barth with confidence and discover for themselves the riches of this classic of twentieth-century theology.” -John Webster, University of Aberdeen
“Cleary written and accessible, Reading Karl Barth offers a fascinating and much-needed commentary on Karl Barth’s The Epistle to the Romans. Oakes’ book is a helpful companion for those reading Barth for the first time, and there is also much here for those who have been thinking about Barth’s revolutionary commentary for some time.” -Tom Greggs, University of Aberdeen
Available from Wipf & Stock here .
Being and God: A Systematic Approach in Confrontation with Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Luc Marion, by Lorenz B. Puntel, translated by and in collaboration with Alan White (Northwestern University Press , 2011)
Being and God argues that defensible philosophical theorization concerning the topic “God” is both possible and necessary within the framework of an adequate systematic philosophy—which must include a theory of Being—but is not possible in the absence of such a framework. The book provides critiques of philosophical approaches to this topic that have not relied on such frameworks; targets include the most important and influential treatments presented by historical, contemporary analytic, and contemporary continental philosophers. The book also further develops the systematic framework presented in Puntel’s Structure and Being (2008), extending a line of argumentation to show that the absolutely necessary dimension of Being is, when more fully explicated, appropriately named “God.”
Available from Northwestern University Press here .