‘Christ and Adam’ in Persian
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‘Christ and Adam’ in Persian

An essay written by the prominent Swiss theologian Karl Barth has been translated in Persian by Mohammad Saba. The book “Christ and Adam: Man and Humanity in Romans 5” is published by Qoqnoos publication, Mehr News Agency reported on its Persian website. In the essay, Barth discusses the relationship between Christ and Adam as understood by Paul, one of the apostles.  The original book was first published in 1962 and contains an introduction by the German historian and theologian Wilhelm Pauck. Romans 5 is the fifth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the Bible’s New Testament. It is authored by Paul the Apostle, but written by an amanuensis, Tertius of Iconium, while Paul was in Corinth, in winter of 57-58 AD. Paul wrote to the Roman Christians and expressed his views towards foundations of Christianiy.  Moving beyond traditional exegetical and theological scholarship done on Romans 5, Barth offers an entirely new interpretation of the concept of humanity presented in Paul’s view of the Christ-Adam relationship. Karl Barth, 1886-1968, was a Swiss theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20th century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to mainstream culture, leading him to be featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1962.  Barth emphasized the sovereignty of God, particularly through his reinterpretation of the Calvinistic doctrine of election, the sinfulness of humanity, and the “infinite qualitative distinction between God and mankind”. His most famous works are “The Epistle to the Romans”, which marked a clear break from his earlier thinking, and his massive thirteen-volume work “Church Dogmatics,” one of the largest works of systematic theology ever written.


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