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Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks
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Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks


Eerdmans 2014

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Walter Brueggemann is one of the most highly regarded Old Testament scholars of our time; talk-show host Krista Tippett has even called him “a kind of theological rock star.” In this new book Brueggemann probes the tasks performed by the ancient prophets of Israel and points out striking correlations between the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE and the catastrophic crisis of 9/11 in AD 2001.

Brueggemann identifies a characteristic ideology of “exceptionalism”—chosenness, entitlement, privilege—which must be countered by prophetic realism and truth-telling. Denial must give way to honest grief. And, finally, widespread despair must be overcome by a buoyant hope. This sequence of ideology-realism, denial-grief, and despair-hope corresponds to Brueggemann’s unpacking of the books of Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Isaiah.

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Key Features

  • Unpacks the books of Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Isaiah
  • Presents the sacred legends and spiritual reflections of authors whose works were lost, neglected, or suppressed for many centuries
  • Provides english translations as well as authoritative and accessible introductions


  • Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks: An Introduction
  • Reality amid Ideology
  • Grief amid Denial
  • Hope amid Despair
  • Living amid Empire as Neighborhood
  • Concluding Summation

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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 in the Psalms, the prophets, and narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament quickly became a foundational work in the field. Some of his many books include David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory, Spirituality of the Psalms, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching First and Second Samuel, The Prophetic Imagination, and The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness.

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