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Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

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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.

This thoughtful collection of prayers emerged from Walter Brueggemann’s 35 years of teaching in seminaries. Full of reflection, faith, and dialogue, they reveal another side of this gifted author from what his many readers are accustomed to. These deeply felt and exquisitely articulated prayers reflect a wide range of life experiences. As readers, we are taken from the depths of pain and loss to the heights of joy and praise. The author takes on life in its fullest as he utters his praise and lament, petition and thanksgiving. Brueggemann’s prayers lead us to deeper commitment, deeper faith, and deeper reflection.

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 an in-depth look at the prayers of one of the most prominent living scholars
  • Contains an index of biblical allusions that are useful for looking at the biblical roots of fears, hopes, struggles, and aspirations.
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars

Praise for the Print Edition

Walter Brueggemann, whose thoughtful and reflective works on the Hebrew Bible have ensured that the term ‘Old Testament theologian’ is not an oxymoron, offers distilled wisdom from his 35 years of teaching in Awed to Heaven, Rooted to Earth. At the seminaries where he has taught, professors traditionally open their classes with prayer—a practice that for some might devolve into a quick nod to convention, but Brueggemann has always presented the opportunity to involve students more intimately in the assigned biblical texts. This marvelous little book of Brueggemann’s start-of-class prayers will have readers cheering, especially when he writes that ‘much public prayer in the church is careless and slovenly, and . . . what passes for spontaneity is in fact a lack of preparation.’

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Product Details

  • Title: Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Editor: Edwin Searcy
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 192

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

Edwin Searcy is pastor of University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Top Highlights

“I believe that in an intensely secularized context the task of prayer is to re-imagine our life in the presence of God and therefore offer direct address to God—that playfully said invites interaction with the God who has pledged to hear.” (Page xvi)

“that quality teaching is largely evoked by quality students” (Page xvii)

“It is an act of rightly framing the instruction of the day among a body of believers or would-be believers who are unafraid of the task of learning.” (Page xv)

“Second, this collection of prayers may be justified as an act of gratitude.” (Page xvii)

“You take our drowsy reluctance and fashion full-blooded zeal.” (Page 5)

  • Title: Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2003
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Prayers
  • Resource ID: LLS:AWEDTOHVN
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.prayers
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T17:07:28Z

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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