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The land was one of the most vibrant symbols for the people of ancient Israel. In the land-gift, promise, and challenge-was found the physical source of Israel's fertility and life, and a place for the gathering of the hopes of the covenant people. In this careful treatment, Walter Brueggemann follows the development of his theme through the major blocks of Israel's tradit ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 225 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Fortress Press (first published 1977)
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Leah
Wherever you are on this planet, actual earthly turf lies under your feet, forms the foundation of your house, your workplace, of everywhere you venture. For every one of us, "land" carries heavy literal and symbolic connotations that include dirt, soil, ground, territory, settled, belonging, rooted, secure. In this second decade of the twenty-first century we've recently experienced a major economic crash followed by far lower reevaluation of residential - and other - real estate, precipitated ...more
James
What Brueggemann does here is what Brueggemann does. He takes you over familiar terrain and allows you to see the lay of the land from a whole new vantage point than you ever have before. As in general, I don't always agree with his particulars but he does describe a trajectory which I think is fundamentally correct. Much of what he says here has implications for Creation care, economics, our understanding of covenant.
The theme of land is not a minor theme in the Old Testament. Brueggemann is a
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David
Jan 06, 2014 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
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brueggmann helps us understand israel's constant struggle with land and paints a clear picture of israel's history with land from sojourner to exile. his handling of the OT is exceptional, his conclusions both through out the book as well as in the end helps the reader consider applications for how to live well and contribute to their own place (city, land, area, etc.) anyone interested in making understanding how to view their location with God's intent or be intentional about mission and a the ...more
James
Almost always bibliographies for rural ministry include Brueggemann's "The Land." After reading the book, I don't understand why. Brueggemann's observations appear applicable to urban and suburban as well as rural ministries. (Granted, I read an earlier edition of the book. Perhaps, a later edition would clear my confusion.) Brueggemann's insight is in biblical theology, not a particular subset of Christian ministry.

Brueggemann uses "the land" as a category of interpretation from Genesis to the
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Brian Collins
The virtue of Brueggemann's work is that he takes land seriously as a biblical theme. Unlike W. D. Davies, who wrote the other major theology of land, Brueggemann affirms the remaining relevance of the land theme in the New Testament. Unfortunately, he often adopts ideological readings or counter reads the text. For instance, in this book Brueggemann consistently pits the themes of land and monarchy against each other contrary to the way Scripture develops the messianic theme in connection with ...more
Carolyn Clark
This is a great book that is accessible. It sets out the theological points clearly and yet is easy to relate to life today.
matthew kaemingk
May 26, 2007 matthew kaemingk rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: christian environmentalists
great old testament theology of creation care
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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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