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Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out

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Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.

Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.

  • Includes discussions of specific biblical texts relating to breaking silence
  • Explores themes of justice, marginalization, and repression
  • Provides reflection questions for each chapter
  • The Oppressed Break Silence
  • Prophets Refuse to Be Silenced
  • Silence Kills
  • Jesus Rudely Interrupted
  • Casting Out Silence
  • The Crowd as Silencer
  • Truth Speaks to Power
  • The Church as a Silencing Institution
Brueggemann examines eight biblical narratives where the puncturing of silence is the trigger for God to bring about rescue, restoration, or healing. From the cries of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt to the Syro-Phoenician woman gate-crashing that Jewish dinner party, Brueggemann highlights the ways, in scripture, in which speaking out unbalanced the status quo and power structures of the day.

—Fraser Dyer, Church Times

Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Professor Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice. Inspired and inspiring...

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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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