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The Book That Breathes New Life: Spiritual Authority and Biblical Theology

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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.

Walter Brueggemann, in this collection of essays, engages with the Old Testament in a profound and significant way: discussing its authority, its theology, and its challenges and charm. These essays are a cornerstone in Old Testament theological exegesis, bringing key theological concepts to terms with the Old Testament and the God behind it all.

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
  • Contains clear and deep insight on theology, God, and the authority of Scripture
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • I. Biblical Authority
    • Biblical Authority in the Postcritical Period
    • Biblical Authority: A Personal Reflection
    • Biblical Authority and the Church’s Task of Interpretation
  • II. Old Testament Theology in the Twentieth Century
    • Twentieth-Century Old Testament Studies: A Quick Survey
    • Biblical Faith as Narrative, Recital, Confession: An Introduction to von Rad’s Old Testament Theology
    • The Loss and Recovery of Creation in Old Testament Theology
    • The ABCs of Old Testament Theology in the United States
    • Contemporary Old Testament Theology: A Contextual Prospectus
    • Biblical Theology Appropriately Postmodern
  • III. A Conversation with Other Theologians
    • Theology of the Old Testament: A Prompt Retrospect
    • Israel’s Creation Faith: Response to J. Richard Middleton
    • Against the Stream: Brevard Childs’s Biblical Theology
    • Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy: A Review by Brevard Childs and a Response

Praise for the Print Edition

Walter Brueggemann, one of the most brilliant speakers, writers, and thinkers in Old Testament theology, again has a collection of his articles edited, this time on his most favorite subject, the authority and theology of the Bible. . . . 13 essays engage in the details and developments of the field. They are mining trenches in a fertile territory, and the miner does come up with so many surprising discoveries: Walter Brueggemann at his best.

Erhard S. Gerstenberger, emeritus professor of Old Testament, Marburg University, Germany

For more than a generation readers have regularly benefited from Walter Brueggemann’s lively studies of biblical texts. These essays take a step behind that textual work to muse on issues of biblical authority and to survey the landscape of Old Testament scholarship regarding key critical questions and major theological developments. As always, readers can count on Brueggemann for clear, engaging, and insightful reflections on issues important for both church and academy.

Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul

Product Details

  • Title: The Book that Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 252

About Walter Brueggemann

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.

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“There is no interpretation of scripture (or interpretation of anything else, for that matter) that is unaffected by the passions, convictions, and perceptions of the interpreter. Ideology is the self-deceiving practice of taking a part for the whole, of taking ‘my truth’ for the truth, of running truth through a prism of the particular and palming off the particular as a universal.” (Page 30)

“The second tyranny is what I call the ‘tyranny of the academy.” (Page 40)

“It is, rather, an address that offers a ‘newness’ and a ‘strangeness’ that are out beyond all of our pet projects.” (Page xvii)

“The Spirit meets us always afresh in our faithful reading, in each new time, place, and circumstance” (Page 27)

  • Title: The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2005
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Evidences, authority, etc; Bible › Theology
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.biblical-theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T17:19:43Z

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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