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Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-modern World

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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.

These studies on a variety of biblical texts focus deftly on reading, listening to, and proclaiming the gospel in a broken, fragmented, and “post-Christendom” world. Walter Brueggemann explores how these traditions have the potential to continually resonate in our contemporary communities and individual lives.

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.

This volume received the Best General Interest Book of the Year (2000) award from the Association of Theological Booksellers. Both the publisher and author received the Theologos Award at a dinner held in Brueggemann’s honor.

Key Features

  • Provides essential Old Testament scholarship from one of the most prominent living scholars
  • Contains clear and deep insight on theology, history, hermeneutics, ancient sociology, and Scripture
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • Preaching as Sub-Version
  • Life-or-Death, De-Privileged Communication
  • Together in the Spirit— Beyond Seductive Quarrels
  • Reading as Wounded and as Haunted
  • Four Indispensable Conversations among Exiles
  • The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity
  • Texts That Linger, Not Yet Overcome
  • Crisis-Evoked, Crisis-Resolving Speech
  • The Role of Old Testament Theology in Old Testament Interpretation

Product Details

  • Title: Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Editor: Patrick D. Miller
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 168

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.

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  • Title: Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2000
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Theology
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.biblical-theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T18:23:48Z

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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