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Genesis (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)

, 1982

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In his clear and readable style, Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the Church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God's decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann's impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.

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“God is treated as a third person. God is not a party to the discussion but is the involved object of the discussion. This is not speech to God or with God, but about God. God has been objectified. The serpent is the first in the Bible to seem knowing and critical about God and to practice theology in the place of obedience.” (Page 48)

“Like the people in this narrative, our concern is not finally the danger of sex, the origin of evil, the appearance of death, or the power of the fall. It is, rather, the summons of this calling God for us to be his creatures, to live in his world on his terms.” (Page 44)

“This story is not concerned with historical data but with the strange things which happen in the heart of God that decisively affect God’s creation.” (Page 74)

“Rather, it makes the theological claim that a word has been spoken which transforms reality. The word of God which shapes creation is an action which alters reality. The claim made is not a historical claim but a theological one about the character of God who is bound to his world and about the world which is bound to God.” (Page 26)

“The grace of God is that the creature whom he has caused to be, he now lets be.” (Page 28)

The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

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  • Title: Genesis
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Series: Interpretation Commentary
  • Publisher: John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 1982
  • Logos Release Date: 2004
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Genesis › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.6.13
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T18:57:22Z

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and MemoryInterpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Genesis, and The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary.


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  1. Gary Graff

    Gary Graff


  2. Reuven Milles

    Reuven Milles


  3. Steve McCormick

    Steve McCormick


    This is one of the best commentaries on Genesis! Brueggemann is in my opinion one of the best Hebrew Scriptures scholars. His prophetic and even poetic imagination reveals interesting finds in the creation stories of Genesis. Don't let the publication date or his religious affiliation push you away from reading/buying this book. Solid scholarship and surprising insights!
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  5. Barrie



    I looked at the publication date 1982 and immediately decided no.
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  7. John Sheeley

    John Sheeley


    Since he is an ordained pastor with the UCC and holds very liberal views of Scripture I would not even consider buying any of his works.
  8. Anthony Sims

    Anthony Sims


  9. Gordon Jones

    Gordon Jones


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