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The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

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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.

In the last several years, Walter Brueggemann’s writings have directly addressed the situation of Christian communities in today’s globalized context, with its consumerist lifestyles, vast inequalities, and near-imperial exercises of power. His insights, forged in rugged encounters with the texts of the Old Testament, are sharp, painful, and indispensable. In the people of Israel Brueggemann finds a model of an alternative community—anchored in YHWH, ever exploring new possibilities, and prophetically bent against empire.

With the Logos Bible Software edition, you can journey through this volume with today’s most advanced tools for reading and studying God’s Word. All Scripture passages are linked to your library’s original language texts and English translations. Enhance your study with Logos’ advanced features—search by topic to find out what Brueggemann teaches on the Exodus, or find every mention of “Psalm 91” throughout his works.

Key Features

  • Provides essential Old Testament scholarship from one of the most prominent living scholars
  • Defines preaching as “truth speaking to power,” and examines what this means in interpreting biblical text
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars
  • Examines Israel’s exile as a metaphor for the church’s contemporary existence


  • I. The Word Redescribing the World
    • A Text That Redescribes
    • Proclamatory Confrontations
    • A Fresh Performance amid a Failed Script
    • Faith at the Nullpunkt
  • II. The Word Redefining the Possible
    • The City in Biblical Perspective: Failed and Possible
    • Evangelism and Discipleship: The God Who Calls, The God Who Sends
    • Options for Creatureliness: Consumer or Citizen
    • Ecumenism as the Shared Practice of a Peculiar Identity
  • III. The Word Shaping a Community of Discipleship
    • Vision for a New Church and a New Century: Part I: Homework against Scarcity
    • Vision for a New Church and a New Century: Part II: Holiness Becomes Generosity
    • Patriotism for Citizens of the Penultimate Superpower

Praise for the Print Edition

Readers cannot come away from these essays unchallenged or unchanged. The ethic of resistance and engagement that Brueggemann puts forth demands a response equally vigorous and passionate. In that sense, he finds himself in the company of the prophets that the Old Testament scholar so highly esteems.

—Craig Stephans, author, Shakespeare on Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare’s Plays

Product Details

  • Title: The Word that Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Editor: Patrick D. Miller
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

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.

About the Editor

Patrick D. Miller is Charles T. Haley Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • Title: The Word that Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Theology; Christianity and culture
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-03T18:57:37Z

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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