Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Giveaway: Kenneth Oakes - "Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to Karl Barth's Epistle to the Romans"

It's time for a book giveaway on Desposyni.

I have an extra copy of Kenneth Oakes' Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to Karl Barth's Epistle to the Romans from Cascade books (a division of Wipf and Stock) and I'd like to give it to you.  

It's a brand new copy and it can be yours. All you need to do is drop me a comment on this post. Comment simply 'book' - or if you're willing, let me know what you appreciate about Barth's theology.

Please comment by January 31st. On February 1st, I'll announce the winner of the book here on the blog after I randomly choose one name from among the commenters. You can then send me your contact info and I'll mail the book to you. Easy as pie.

Here's a little more information about the book from the publisher's website:
Karl Barth's 1922 The Epistle to the Romans is one of the most famous, notorious, and influential works in twentieth-century theology and biblical studies. It is also a famously and notoriously difficult and enigmatic work, especially as its historical context becomes more and more foreign. In this book, Kenneth Oakes provides historical background to the writing of The Epistle to the Romans, an introduction and analysis of its main themes and terms, a running commentary on the text itself, and suggestions for further readings from Barth on some of the issues it raises. The volume not only offers orientation and assistance for those reading The Epistle to the Romans for the first time, it also deals with contemporary problems in current Barth scholarship regarding liberalism, dialectics, and analogy.
Here are some blurb reviews from the back cover:
"Barth's Epistle to the Romans is notoriously opaque and challenging; Oakes' guide is lively, perceptive, and nimble, and will enable readers to approach Barth with confidence and discover for themselves the riches of this classic of twentieth-century theology."
-John Webster
University of Aberdeen 
"Cleary written and accessible, Reading Karl Barth offers a fascinating and much-needed commentary on Karl Barth's The Epistle to the Romans. Oakes' book is a helpful companion for those reading Barth for the first time, and there is also much here for those who have been thinking about Barth's revolutionary commentary for some time."
-Tom Greggs
University of Aberdeen