Although Karl Barth has rightly been called an apocalyptic theologian, his relation to the book known as the Apocalypse has not often been noted. This article seeks to clarify Barth's relationship to Revelation in three areas: (1) the characteristic themes that emerge in the citations appearing in Church Dogmatics; (2) a long exegetical excursus on Revelation in Church Dogmatics 3/3 on the question of angelology; and (3) theological interpreters whose approach to Revelation has been influenced by Barth. Although Barth's appeals to the Apocalypse tend to be ad hoc and confirmatory, it is possible that the book would have played a more prominent role in the unwritten volume 5 of Church Dogmatics.

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