"And yet I should be altogether misunderstood if my readers refused to credit me with the honesty of, at any rate, intending to ex-plain the text [of Romans]." -Karl Barth (Romerbrief, ix)
This fact is overlooked by so many who purport to know something of Barth. I won't name names.
In actuality, the Romerbrief gets us closer to the heart of Paul than most commentaries. The reason being is that Barth felt himself loyal to the wording of Paul. He wanted to speak with Paul. Many of Barth's critics assume that this cannot be the case for exegesis. Ironically, a quick survey of their own works can only lead one to the conclusion that they wish to speak at Paul.