Writing with the pastor and student in mind, Walter Brueggemann provides guidance for interpreting Old Testament texts. He offers advice for the interpreter as well as examples of working with different sorts of passages—including narratives, prophecies, and Psalms. He also demonstrates how to work thematically, drawing together threads from different traditions. He works through the rhetoric of these passages, reaching toward theological interpretation. The investigations reflect Brueggemann’s conviction that the process of moving from text to interpretive outcome is an artistic enterprise that can be learned and practiced.
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One of the best and most esteemed interpreters of Scripture shows here how he does it. . . . Vintage Brueggemann: incisive, penetrating, provocative, and always seeking to uncover the cutting edge of the text.
—Patrick D. Miller, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus, Prince Theological Seminary
. . . seldom has an author taken us step-by-step through the actual progression of that thought. This is precisely what Walter Brueggemann does in this book.
—Dianne Bergant, distinguished professor of Old Testament studies, Catholic Theological Union
This is the book that those of us who have studied with Walter Brueggemann have been waiting for. Here is the teacher we have known in class: telling us how he has come to read Scripture as he does and showing us how he does it.
—Edwin Searcy, pastor, University Hill Congregation, United Church of Canada, Vancouver, BC
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