The Epistle to the Ephesians

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"With this carefully translated and edited text of Barth's lectures on Ephesians from the early 1920s, Ross Wright takes us into Barth's Gttingen classroom during the exciting days of the turbulent debate set off by his Romans commentary. The volume, with its excellent interpretive essays by Francis Watson and John Webster, is an important enrichment of the Barth library in English. It demonstrates how relevant Barth's theological project continues to be, especially for the Christian church struggling with the decline of western Christendom."
--Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Throughout my more than forty years of preaching, Karl Barth's scriptural exegesis and exposition have been a constant companion and most valued source. After I have done all the preparatory work, I turn to Barth for final inspiration. It is therefore a major event to have his lectures on Ephesians translated into English for the first time. This great epistle lends itself particularly to Barth's powerful proclamation of the gospel, as anyone who has read his sermon 'Saved by Grace' knows. Preachers, heed this opportunity!"
--Fleming Rutledge, author of The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ and Not Ashamed of the Gospel

"The publication of Barth's early lectures on Ephesians, while a noteworthy event in itself, is even more significant in light of, first, ongoing debates about Barth's later revolutionary understanding of Jesus Christ as subject and object of election and, second, continuing ferment over the relationship of exegesis and theology. That the book includes essays by Francis Watson and the late John Webster on precisely these points is simply the hermeneutical and dogmatic frosting on the dialectical cake."
--Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"In his introduction Francis Watson observes that Barth's theocentrism can result in some startling exegetical insights. That is not only true but also well on display in this new translation and edition of Barth's lectures on Ephesians. To recommend a book by Barth is a given, but those who read these lectures will discover a Barth who is determined to make his audience attend to the fact that God has revealed himself in Christ."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School


Karl Barth, Author

Karl Barth (1886-1968) is widely regarded as one of the most significant Christian theologians since the Reformation. He was a professor of theology at several universities in Germany and later taught in Basel, Switzerland. His works include Church Dogmatics (14 volumes), the most influential work of theology in the twentieth century.

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