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Names for the Messiah

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In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. "Names for the Messiah" ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title.

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Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Rebecca L.
A Little Book with a Big Message!

Bruggemann is one of my favorite theologians. I frequently refer to his books when I am preparing for my sermons.

This little book packs a big punch. Bruggemann manages to effectively explain complex theological ideas in a way that is concise and easy to understand. I used this book to teach an adult Sunday School class at my church and everyone really enjoyed it.

This book is one that I will refer to repeatedly. It's a short book but very dense. I used the info
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Jane Lebak
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Advent devotional taking one week each to review the names given to the Messiah in Isaiah: Wonderful counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I don't think this is really the best possible introduction to Brueggemann's work. It's kind of complicated in tone but not in subject matter, it that makes sense. It's insightful thought and gives the historical context of the terms and how Jesus fulfilled each of them (although somewhat sideways in some instances.) Overall pretty g
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Sarah
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, devotional
This devotional is written by a thoughtful, well-versed Bible scholar. Even though I’ve been a Christian for decades and feel like I know the Christmas story pretty well, I am learning so many interesting things from Names for the Messiah.

For example, Walter Brueggemann teaches about what the cultural expectation was for a coming king when Jesus was born. A king was expected to have war victories, economic success, agricultural productivity, and social justice. Much like the reign of David or So
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MaryEllin
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a four-week Advent study, which I read in one sitting in preparation for my pastor’s Advent sermon series on this topic. I’ve always loved Isaiah 9:6-7, so I appreciated Brueggemann’s analysis of each of the titles attributed to the Messiah. This book is short and very easy to read - I finished it in about an hour - and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but meaningful Advent study. For myself, I’ll be rereading each chapter prior to each of my pastor’s four sermons in December ...more
Matthew Prydden
A concise, but not always very clear, exploration of the titles given to the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 by viewing both their original context and Christological application. The original context was interesting but how that then transferred into its Christological application wasn't always particularly clear, but a interesting read nonetheless.
Lisa Lewton
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am using this book for an adult class. It’s a fun resource. I love Brueggemann’s work. I will say it seems he simply wrote down his stream of thought in some portions of the book. There isn’t anything too surprising if you are familiar with his work and thought. Still, a good way to prepare for Christmas.
Nancy Rust
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my study group, and we had some good discussions.
Cindy
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completed as a group study. Might be difficult to read on own. Learned a lot from the group discussions.
Lori Ingram
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the way it was carefully written and broken down in a way that was completely thought provoking and enlightening at the same time.
Joni
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book to read during the Advent Season.
Robert D. Cornwall
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible, spirituality
Among the most recognizable Advent-Christmas biblical texts is Isaiah 9:6, which offers up four names that get applied to Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. This is a passage that gets voiced in Handel's Messiah and is read at many a Christmas Eve service. What better way to journey through Advent than to explore these four titles in the company of Walter Brueggemann?

This little book offers a four week study of Isaiah 9:6, one title at a time. The bo
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Jeanie
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles-Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Names for the Messiah ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title.

With 4 chapters, each name embodies the character and the work of Christ. Wonderful Counselor represents the wisdom of Jesus, the extraordinary work of Jesus and
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Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: church-related
Westminster John Knox Press gave me a copy of this brief Advent study (in pseudo-galley form) in return for an honest review. I say pseudo-galley because it's hard to see how a publisher could produce such a garbled copy (sentences broken, misplaced, repeated; formatting botched with mysterious capitalizations) without special effort. I've reviewed one other book for WJK and it is the only other review copy that has had so many problems in transcription.

That being said, the text itself is modera
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Jen
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Names for the Messiah meditates on the names in Isaiah (Wonderful Counselor, etc.) and Brueggemann does a good job of walking one through his in-depth analysis of each name (4 different phrases). This book is dense. It is more akin to an exegesis or an analysis you'd find in divinity school study books rather than the more accessible reflection books you'd find on a rack in CVS. However, I found the material valuable and understan
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George Love
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A short Advent devotional by Walter Brueggemann the big draw of this piece for me was that "The Names For The Messiah" referenced in the title are the prophet Isaiah's names from Isaiah 9, first for King Hezekiah and then later as Christians read and interpreted the text for Christ. This text was helpful as our church used Illustrated Children's Ministries Advent coloring posters as an activity and then as a source of scripture for the Sundays of Advent. The posters were each built around one of ...more
Rick Lee Lee James
This is a wonderful devotional book for Advent. It's actually not a bad overview of messianic expectations of the Jewish people and what we have come to believe in Jesus. These four names of God that are given and Isaiah are given a more full meaning than most of us will ever hear during Advent. Brueggemann is excellent as always.

"A “prince of peace” in the Roman Empire—or in any empire, including the U.S. empire—would be a victor who would impose peace and seize and burn the weapons of the defe
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Melissa Hinnen
Wonderful Counselor
Might God
Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace

Having just been to a local chorale concert of The Messiah, the title of each week's name for the Messiah is music in my ears. The book offers a study for each week of Advent and unpacks the names/descriptors used by the prophet Isaiah and applies them to Jesus and how Jesus lived out these characteristics. Brueggemann explains and connects the social and political context from the time of Isaiah, Jesus, and today. How did Jesus, and
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Carol
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is not hard to read, and you can understand it well. But it was very dry and it was very slow. I felt like the author knew what they were trying to say but they kept writing until they found exactly what they wanted to say but they never really got there. They did use Scripture in the book which is important for anyone - very important. although I don't really see how it should be that way, but that is how the author intended it to be. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an h ...more
Bcoghill Coghill
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I am enjoying this Advent study of Isaiah. It gives the season some focus, at least for a few moments. Walter is such an engaging author.
Denise
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Christmas study about the names for the Messiah as listed in Isaiah: Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Brueggemann explains the context, how Jews would have interpreted these, as well as providing questions that make you think how to apply, what difference could/should this make in my life today.
David Roberts
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Ken Cuthberson
A short reader on Advent that doesn't correspond to the actual days of Advent (which vary, I know). Overview of the "four names of Jesus" from Isaiah.

Dry.
Frank Ogden
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended, like the content and organization of this advent study. Lots of references and from the Bible.
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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
“and the birth of Jesus, two things become clear. First, in the witness to Jesus by the early Christians in the New Testament, they relied heavily on Old Testament “anticipations” of the coming Messiah. But second, Jesus did not fit those “anticipations” very well, such that a good deal of interpretive imagination was required in order to negotiate the connection between the anticipation and the actual bodily, historical reality of Jesus.” 0 likes
“First, in the witness to Jesus by the early Christians in the New Testament, they relied heavily on Old Testament “anticipations” of the coming Messiah. But second, Jesus did not fit those “anticipations” very well, such that a good deal of interpretive imagination was required in order to negotiate the connection between the anticipation and the actual bodily, historical reality of Jesus.” 0 likes
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