Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out
Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.
Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with storie...more
I'm suspect of a few of his readings. While it can be useful to make a character stand in for Rome/oppressive powers, sometimes ...more
Over the first seven chapters Brueggemann incisively explores narratives in the Old and New Testament as they relate to breaking silence. He considers the cry of the Israelites regarding oppression by Pharaoh; Amos' unwillingness to be silenced by the priest in Bethel; David's meditation on how an unwillingness to cry out to God for forgiveness and to keep silent hurts and kills; the Syro-phoenician ...more
Taking several particular examples from across the spectrum of the Scriptures, Brueggemann issues a constant clarion call to recognise silence as something that has its origins in human frailty and desi ...more
I state this after reading some other reviews about the content of the book. It is meant as an introduction into a larger conversation which is meant to be had around the table. It is still a good read, but it is definitely designed as a study as it states in the book.
The author tends to look through the lens of modern culture at the scripture rather than looking at our culture through the scriptures.