Instructor: Angela Dienhart Hancock, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship, PTS

Dates: May 1-26, 2017

Karl Barth has been viewed with suspicion by Christians on both the right and the left for a number of reasons, but one of them has to do with his approach to the Bible. What is it about Barth's way with Scripture that makes some uneasy? This course seeks to answer that question by situating Barth in relation to broader traditions of interpretation, exploring his imaginative readings of biblical texts, and considering the fruitfulness of Barth's approach for interpreting Scripture in Christian communities today.

  • The required readings for the course will be excerpts from the Church Dogmatics and a few sermons where we can catch Barth "in the act" of interpreting particular biblical texts. Those readings will be provided.
  • By the end of the course, participants will select and interpret a biblical text, imagining how Barth might read it today.
  • Those without an orientation to Barth's theology already may benefit from reading Barth's relatively short book, Evangelical Theology, before the course begins.

The class will be self-paced and available for participants to engage with the instruction at their own convenience, i.e., offered asynchronously, no set times that you need to sit in front of your computer. If you would like a copy of the syllabus, email

Register early! Enrollment for this class is limited to 15 students.

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Fee: $85

CEUs: 1.0

Interested in other online classes? We will be offering a class about the teachings of C. S. Lewis beginning in September 2017. Stay tuned!