Known as one of America’s best theologians and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann has inspired young scholars and students and driven the discourse on theology with some of the biggest players in contemporary Bible scholarship.
This volume contains Walter Brueggemann’s most recent public sermons and prayers. With captivating and convicting messages for this rebellious age, Brueggemann nourishes the Christian spirit and challenges the fickle heart. With the deep theological scholarship one would expect of Brueggemann, and the surprising passion and dynamism of a youthful spirit, Inscribing the Text is full of the insight and passion readers are desperate to hear.
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In this wonderful collection of sermons and prayers, we are privileged to hear [Brueggemann] fight with, be surprised by, playfully delight in, and finally be subdued by Scripture. And when he gets down and dirty in prayer, what a conversation to overhear!
—William H. Willimon, dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry, Duke University
Walter Brueggemann, exegete, hermeneutist, contemporary prophet, priest, and preacher, has for decades shared rich insights about the meaning of the biblical text. Now we can sample his challenging sermons, which show us how to speak truth to power and profound hope to all. Our preaching will be clearer, more honest, and more fruitful as we are tutored by his homiletic genius and prophetic zeal.
—James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister, Riverside Church, NY
Inscribing the Text unveils a surprising new model for preaching, that of the preacher-scribe, who discovers the power in the text, releases it, and then gets out of its way. Brueggemann’s sermons bristle with the man who preaches them. More importantly, they let the Scripture speak with authority. This is vintage Brueggemann.
—Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching, Duke Divinity School
Walter Brueggemann through his teaching, lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today. Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines, he has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament quickly became a foundational work in the field.
Brueggemann, who holds a ThD from Union Seminary, New York, and a PhD from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Fortress Press books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness, exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.