Through his single-minded insistence on the priority of the Bible in the life of the church, Karl Barth (1886-1968) decisively shaped the course of twentieth-century Christian theology. Drawing on both familiar texts and recently published archival material, Barth's Theology of Interpretation sheds new light on Barth's account of just what it is that scripture gives and requires. In tracing the movement of Barth’s earlier thinking about scriptural reading, the book also raises important questions about the ways in which Barth can continue to influence contemporary discussions about the theological interpretation of scripture.
’Wood is always in control of his argument, a scholarly skill matched by his talent for writing. This is a significant contribution to the relevant literature, and, generally, one of the most fruitful studies of Barth. It will be of particular interest to those involved in the 'theological interpretation of Scripture', but ultimately every biblical interpreter needs to read Wood's study.’ The Expository Times