Reading for the Subject: Conflict and Lordship in Romans 14

Karl Barth’s famous charge that biblical scholarship neglects the “subject matter” of the text takes on renewed urgency in current discussions about the theological interpretation of Scripture. In conversation with the commentaries of Barth and Jewett, this paper explores the question of what it means to read “for the subject.” Romans 14 will serve as a test-case: What is “the subject” and how should it be discussed?