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Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism
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Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism


Eerdmans 2018

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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.

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Key Features

  • Examines Karl Barth’s own interactions with Judaism
  • Provides dialogue between Jewish and Christian scholars
  • Proposes framework for future relations between Jews and Christians


  • How Jewish Was Karl Barth?
  • Karl Barth and the Jews: The History of a Relationship
  • A Dialogue between David Novak and Eberhard Busch
  • After Barth: A Christian Appreciation of Jews and Judaism
  • To Love Tanakh Is Love Enough for the Jews: Reflection on Dabru Emet
  • Karl Barth and the Early Postwar Interfaith Encounters, 1945-1950
  • The Divine Vocation and Destiny of Israel in World History
  • Light from Saint Paul on Christian-Jewish Relations
  • From Anti-Semitism to Theological Dialogue
  • Toward Ending Enmity


Praise for the Print Edition

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.

—Elliot Ratzman, Lawrence University

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.

—Keith L. Johnson, Wheaton College

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About George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the recipient of the 2010 Karl Barth Prize from the Union of Evangelical Churches in Germany. His previous books include Thy Word Is Truth: Barth on Scripture and Evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed: Doctrinal Essays on Barth and Related Themes.

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