Markus Barth

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Markus Barth
Born(1915-10-06)6 October 1915
Died1 July 1994(1994-07-01) (aged 78)
OccupationBiblical scholar
Academic background
EducationBern, Basel, Berlin, and Edinburgh
Alma materUniversity of Göttingen (Ph.D.)
Thesis (1947)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Basel, Switzerland
Notable worksColossians (AYB), Ephesians (AYB)

Markus Barth (6 October 1915 – 1 July 1994) was a Swiss scholar of theology. He lived in Bern, Basel, Berlin, and Edinburgh and was the son of the notable protestant theologian Karl Barth. From 1940 to 1953 he was a Lutheran pastor in Bubendorf near Basel. In 1947 he received a doctorate in New Testament from the University of Göttingen. Between 1953 and 1972 he held professorships in New Testament at theological schools in Dubuque (Iowa), Chicago, and Pittsburgh. From 1973 to 1985 he was professor of New Testament in Basel.

His three areas of interest were the sacramental understanding of Baptism and Lord's Supper, the theology of the Pauline Epistles and Jewish-Christian dialogue.[1]

He is perhaps best known for his commentary contribution to the Anchor Bible Commentary series for which he contributed the Colossians and Ephesians volumes.


  1. ^ "Markus Barth Papers". Archived from the original on 19 May 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2015.