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The Prophetic Imagination


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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 this challenging and enlightening treatment, Walter Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Here he traces the broad sweep from Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus. He highlights that the prophetic vision not only embraces the pain of the people but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing. In this new edition, Brueggemann has completely revised the text, updated the notes, and added a new preface.

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 a powerful message that prophecy is a crucial element in ministry
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • The Alternative Community of Moses
  • Royal Consciousness: Countering the Counterculture
  • Prophetic Criticizing and the Embrace of Pathos
  • Prophetic Energizing and the Emergence of Amazement
  • Criticism and Pathos in Jesus of Nazareth
  • Energizing and Amazement in Jesus of Nazareth
  • A Note on the Practice of Ministry
  • A Postscript on Practice

Product Details

  • Title: The Prophetic Imagination
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 178

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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  • Title: The Prophetic Imagination
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2001
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Prophets; Pastoral theology
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-03T18:58:10Z

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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  1. Barry



    Im a second years Theology student so one would assume I would understand what the Author's point is.... However I am about 26 pages into the book and its very hard to focus and make sense of it all due to an absurdly amount of academic language and over use of jargon. I'll have to push through because its part of a book review assignment but I am highly agitated and frustrated by this Author. However I do like his work on the psalm. Its unlikely that I will ever open this book again after the semester has ended. 1 star.

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