Barmen Theological Declaration of 1934 the Archaeology of a Confessional Text

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Examines antecedent declarations, working backwards in time to show the path by which the ten separate proposals, working papers, and revisions that became the Barmen theses moved toward their final formulation in the document of May 1934.


". . . has some of the flavor of detective fiction. . . . a fine companion volume to all who work in the period of Barmen" - The Journal of Religion

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