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Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Brilliantly applies crucial biblical prophetic messages to our contemporary society"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 ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published February 21st 2014 by Eerdmans
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Milton Brasher-Cunningham
Sep 22, 2016 Milton Brasher-Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Walter Brueggeman always has a thoughtful and inspiring word to offer whenever I pick up one of his books; this one is no different. He speaks to the reality of the world we live in--particularly for us as Americans--and calls us to a different way of thinking about our life together that has less to do with continuing to think we are the greatest country in the world and more to do with how we take care of everyone of us. The only way we survive is together.
Nov 12, 2015 Bryan rated it it was amazing
Brueggemann truly tells it like it is, holding nothing back, as he outlines the history and effects of the United States' preoccupation with exceptionalism. He compares our current preoccupation with exceptionalism with ancient Israel's obsession with chosenness just before the Babylonian exile and he outlines the dangers inherent in these preoccupations. For anyone who wants to see how a prominent Old Testament scholar brings the Bible alive by applying it to our contemporary times, this is a ...more
Aug 18, 2016 David added it
This is a good but challenging read for the US Church. Things are changing in a way that should cause us to regain a sense of our true purpose on this planet. Brueggemann will cause you think if you read this one.

Dog ears and highlights:
pg. 20 - The dominant culture and the "legitimate" members.
pg. 21 - The structure of the creation will not yield to big power or big money or big knowledge. (Hosea 4.2-3)
pg. 22 - "The God who moves amid the poetic utterance will not be settled or domesticated or
Matt Ely
Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it liked it
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It's an odd book. The core is extremely compelling and my rating does not reflect the absolutely necessary ideas that the author puts forward. I wonder though about the compromises in its construction.

It's not a long book, but its ideas could be presented much more simply. The issue is it brings in a lot of other authors, ideas, and contentions that relate the prophetic voice to modern life. But it feels like those should either be streamlined (making it shorter) or backed up and expanded (maki
Kelly Brill
Jun 08, 2016 Kelly Brill rated it really liked it
Brueggemann is one of the most brilliant theologians and biblical scholars of our day. In this provocative book, he compares 9/11 to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C.E. He describes the prophetic words that came to Israel after that event, then calls on the church to be the prophetic voice now. Brueggemann claims we have not learned the lessons from 9/11 and asks for the church to claim its alternative identity in the world. I especially liked his description of the ways the Jesus movement can ...more
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Dec 07, 2014 Nate Guteras rated it liked it
Deep Bible Study, as it relates to geopolitical ears of our times. Interesting parallels to Old and New testament books. The church and people need to assess our purpose and mission. Are we on track or not?
Walter Brueggemann is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. As the fly leaf well states, this book "examines our society-in-crisis" from the ground up.
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May 22, 2014 Eva Buthy rated it really liked it
Brueggemann offers in this powerful reflection of prophetic realism in a world that ignores God and neighbor, a voice that may break the "bubble of illusion".
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Bold and prophetic.
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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christ ...more
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