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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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Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Danny Daley
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some of the previous goodreads reviews on this book have highlighted that the book is "about" things like ministry, or creation care. This is strange to me. Although the book is certainly applicable to those things, it cannot be said to be "about" them. This book is, more simply, a biblical theology of "the land," and at points has much relevance to creation care, but at other points no relevance at all. Brueggemann tracks the theme of land throughout the Bible, and at the end, offers valuable i ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Brian Collins
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book that is accessible. It sets out the theological points clearly and yet is easy to relate to life today.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the great reads for me this year; I read this as I worked on sermons in Jeremiah. It was a spiritual, uplifting experience to read Brueggemann's excited, rich approach to OT theology.
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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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