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An Unsettling God: The Heart Of The Hebrew Bible

An Unsettling God: The Heart Of The Hebrew Bible

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An Unsettling God: The Heart Of The Hebrew Bible

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220 pages
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Jun 2, 2009
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9781451419535
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In the pages of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel gave witness to its encounter with a profound and uncontrollable reality experienced through relationship. This book, drawn from the heart of foremost Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament, distills a career’s worth of insights into the core message of the Hebrew Bible. God is described there, Brueggemann observes, as engaging four “partners” in the divine purpose. This volume presents Brueggeman at his most engaging, offering profound insights tailored especially for the beginning student of the Hebrew Bible.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 2, 2009
ISBN:
9781451419535
Format:
Book

About the author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, he is one of today's preeminent interpreters of Scripture.


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    This volume is essentially a precis of Brueggemann's magisterial "Theology of the Old Testament," and, in many ways, an introduction to the latest phase of his writing programme. The strength here is how Brueggemann uses his focus on the way the OT foregrounds the relational aspects of YHWH's existence (with Israel, individual persons, the nations, and creation) to produce an outline of theology proper that contains within it the outlines of an OT theology of human existence, sin, salvation, mission, and even eschatology.One of the most unique things about Brueggemann's writing is that though it is still evident how the guiding principles of his early work (e.g., "The Prophetic Imagination") remain in full play, he always manages to make those key insights fresh and intriguing. Brueggemann's work shows me the power of RE-reading Scripture, again and again, allowing it to both establish and overturn our most closely-held assumptions. I must confess that, at points, Brueggemann's oft-quotable prose became a bit overblown; however, for the most part, Brueggemann remains his lucid, poetic self. For those who want an introduction to the massive Brueggemann oeuvre, this is perhaps one of the better entry points on offer. Brueggemann is a scholar of exceptional insight and rare rhetorical power, who can impress even when he is articulating a position with which the reader vehemently disagrees.