The verses(Romans 1:16–17) which speak of the power of the gospel are arguably programmatic in Paul’s letter and for his theology as a whole, and even more so for Barth’s Römer brief commentary, in its essentially two very different editions. Something of the road from the 1919 to the1922 editions needs to and will be said, but perhaps focusing in detail on Barth’s exegesis of the set woverses will allow one to see how a theological shift in a doctrine of revelation towards a ‘negative’ theology was preceded by establishing that the Gospel is about power rather than words (cf. Corinthians 4:20, correspondingly about the Kingdom). Reading the two editions synoptically or ‘binoptically’ might allow for a less abstract view of the gospel and one rooted in the Incarnation itself than if Romans II were allowed simply to supersede Romans I, even if the remaining appeal to ‘experience’ in the earlier version is understandablytocomeundersuspicionandrequireacertain‘distancing’.
|Title of host publication||The Epistle to the Romans|
|Editors||Christophe Chalamet, Andreas Dettwiler , Sarah Stewart-Kroeker|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 30 May 2023|