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Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

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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.

Professor Walter Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel’s prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile. He addresses three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah (the pathos of God), Ezekiel (the holiness of God), and 2 Isaiah (the newness of God). This literature is seen to contain the theological resources for handling both brokenness and surprise—with freedom, courage, and imagination. Throughout, Brueggemann demonstrates how these resources offer vitality for ministry today.

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 two series of lectures, that take up the three different prophetic traditions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • Introduction: Exile and the Voice of Hope
  • Part 1. Only Grief Permits Newness
    • Jeremiah—Designed for Conflict
    • “Because No One Cares”
  • Part 2. Only Holiness Gives Hope
    • Ezekiel—Tough and Submissive
    • “For the Sake of My Holy Name”
  • Part 3. Only Memory Allows Possibility
    • Second Isaiah—Homecoming to a New Home
    • “Sing, O Barren One”
  • Conclusion: Hurt as Hope’s Home

Product Details

  • Title: Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 160

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.

  • Title: Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1986
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Jeremiah › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. O.T. Ezekiel › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. O.T. Isaiah › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T17:43:02Z

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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