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By Maico M. Michielin

First released in 1959, Karl Barth's "A Shorter remark on Romans" originated because the manuscript for a process extra-mural lectures held in Basle through the wintry weather of 1940-41. in this time, Barth persevered to withstand the Nazi regime and its effect at the Reformed Church as he did while he was once in Bonn. This reissue of Barth's "A Shorter remark on Romans" hyperlinks to the renewed curiosity this day in a 'theological' interpretation of Scripture. in accordance with the fashionable preoccupation with what lies at the back of the textual content (the author's context), and to a postmodern preoccupation with what lies in entrance of the textual content (the reader's context), either theologians and biblical students are asking the subsequent questions: 'What is the connection among the biblical textual content, interpreter and God? Can the Bible be learn either as an ancient record and as a textual content that speaks to us this present day, and if this is the case, how can it do so?' Barth's commentarial perform as exemplified in "A Shorter remark on Romans" solutions those questions. This publication is gifted in components: first, an advent through Maico Michielin assisting readers comprehend Barth's theological exegetical method of examining Scripture and exhibiting readers the way to enable Scripture tackle theological and moral matters for this present day; the most physique of the publication then follows - the republication of the unique English translation through D.H. van Daalen of Barth's "A Shorter remark on Romans".

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The fact that the Jew has made and still makes himself guilty of that, deprives him – and him first of all, as we notice here in particular – of the opportunity of having any honor before God which might free him from the accusation that concerns all men. 25–29) and his separation from the Gentiles of which it is a physical sign is of no avail to the Jew. For circumcision is related to the Law. It marks the setting apart for the keeping of the Law. But if the Law is not kept – and as demonstrated it is in fact not kept by the Jews, but broken – then that setting apart is de facto abrogated, then they – and they first of all – are in the same position as the Gentiles.

They are subject to God’s wrath because – not in their ignorance, but in their wisdom, not in their wickedness but in the best they are capable of, not in the lowest spheres but on the very highest levels of their humanity – they make this effort to seize God’s crown. 32) is unworthy, yea that it is worthy of death and which all the same they approve and have to approve of in themselves and in others, since they have in practice denied and blasphemed the Creator as Creator. Note that Paul has avoided using the words ‘Gentiles’ or ‘Greeks’ or ‘Rome’ in this particular context.

They are confronted with the Gospel because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and because since then the proclamation of his name has been taking its course throughout the world. Paul does something which is done by no student of comparative religion or philosopher of religion: he sees the Gentiles as well as the Jews in the reflected light of that fire of God’s wrath which is the fire of his love. He is speaking about something which certainly does concern the Gentiles but which was by no means known to them, which was entirely unknown to them: he tells the Gentiles – and it needs no less than an apostle to tell them this – the greatest news concerning them: that God has in fact for a long time, yea always, since the creation of the world been declaring and revealing himself to them.

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