Obedience from First to Last

The Obedience of Jesus Christ in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation

By Edmund Fong

Foreword by Murray A. Rae

Obedience from First to Last

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  • ISBN: 9781532683022
  • Pages: 360
  • Publication Date: 3/18/2020
  • Retail Price: $42.00
Web Price: $33.60
Web Price: $33.60

Obedience from First to Last

The Obedience of Jesus Christ in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation

By Edmund Fong

Foreword by Murray A. Rae

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532683022
  • Pages: 360
  • Publication Date: 3/18/2020
  • Retail Price: $42.00
Web Price: $33.60

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Obedience from First to Last explores the theological significance of the obedience of Jesus Christ in Karl Barth’s theology. It does this via a threefold consideration of, first, the nature of Jesus’ incarnate obedience; second, the relation of that obedience to the obedience of the second triune person of the eternal Son; and third, the effects Jesus’ obedience has on our own obedience. Barth not only affirms the pivotal role Jesus’ obedience has within the economy of salvation, but by equating that obedience with that of the eternal Son’s, Barth gives Jesus’ obedience a pre-eminent place within the immanent being of Godself. The obedience of Jesus Christ is seen to have a co-participatory role in God’s determination of his own divine being that arises from the primordial act of divine election. This notion bears on our understanding of freedom and obedience: as divine freedom is expressed in divine obedience, so it is with human freedom and human obedience.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Addressing a genuine lacuna in Barth studies, Fong winsomely unfolds the motif of Jesus’ obedience in Barth’s Church Dogmatics. At once probing and insightful, Fong’s judgements edify those who take seriously Barth’s actualistic ontology. Whether one either agrees or disagrees with Barth’s conclusions, the reader learns a great deal by Fong’s careful consideration of Barth’s equation of divine obedience with Jesus’ incarnate obedience.”

—Christopher R. J. Holmes, University of Otago, New Zealand



“For anyone interested in Barth’s Christology, anthropology, theology, or ethics, this volume is a must. This is scholarship at its best: addressing a motif which is so central to the corpus of Barth’s work and yet so surprisingly understudied, Edmund Fong’s book will be of lasting significance to Barth studies and—through that—to theology more broadly. All scholars of Barth would be wise to have this on their shelves.”

—Tom Greggs, University of Aberdeen

Contributors-

Edmund Fong
Murray A. Rae

Bio(s)-

Reverend Dr. Edmund Fong studied theology in Sydney and Singapore, and he undertook his doctoral studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He is currently a lecturer in Systematic Theology and Hermeneutics at Trinity Theological College, Singapore.

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