QOTD: Karl Barth the ‘Biblicist’

I’ve started working on a post about presuppositions and their place in biblical interpretation and hermeneutics… but it may be a while before it actually sees the light of day. I’ve got lots of pondering to do.  Until then, I thought I’d share this quote from Karl Barth which inspired the post yet to be:

“When I am named ‘Biblicist’, all that can rightly be proved against me is that I am prejudiced in supposing the Bible to be a good book, and that I hold it to be profitable for men to take its conceptions at least as seriously as they take their own.”

– Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans, sixth edition (p.12)

As part of my thesis on Barth’s Der Römerbrief and theological interpretation, I am looking to explore how we might determine which presuppositions we should and should not bring to the text, or if it’s even possible to, in a sense, ‘check them at the door’ when we go about the task of interpretation.  And what’s the role of the Holy Spirit in all of this?  And… well, I have a lot of questions.  Stay tuned!

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