This books both redresses a lacuna in Barth scholarship and offers an analysis of a christological theme with growing ecumenical consensus. Previous studies of Barth's Christology have failed to provide adequate analysis of the prophetic office. Through attention to Barth's construction of Jesus' prophetic office, Robertson identifies a key component of the later Barth's theology as well as responding to several recent critiques of Barth's pneumatology and ecclesiology. The value of this work, however, extends beyond Barth research as one of the lone explications of the prophetic office in a twentieth-century theologian at a time when inclusion of Christ's munus propheticum in Christology is becoming more common.
The work of Barth is central to the history of modern western theology and remains a major voice in contemporary constructive theology. His writings have been the subject of intensive scrutiny and re-evaluation over the past two decades, notably on the part of English-language Barth scholars who have often been at the forefront of fresh interpretation and creative appropriation of his theology. Study of Barth, both by graduate students and by established scholars, is a significant enterprise; literature on him and conferences devoted to his work abound; the Karl Barth Archive in Switzerland and the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton give institutional profile to these interests. Barth's work is also considered by many to be a significant resource for the intellectual life of the churches.
Drawing from the wide pool of Barth scholarship, and including translations of Barth's works, this series aims to function as a means by which writing on Barth, of the highest scholarly calibre, can find publication. The series builds upon and furthers the interest in Barth's work in the theological academy and the church.