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.
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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
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.
“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)