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Theology Of The Old Testament (Cd Rom)

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With all the features and graphics of the published books, the CD-Rom also offers a variety of other learning resources, to engage the reader and deepen research and reflection. Fully searchable texts, glossaries hyperlinked from the text, links to additional resources on the Web, chapter summaries, reflection questions, and research guides enhance the usefulness of the te ...more
Published January 1st 2010 by Fortress Press (first published February 1st 1992)
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Jacob Aitken
It is always dangerous to write a theology around “a unifying theme.” Still, everyone does it. Brueggemann suggests “rhetoric” as a device that evokes an alternative reality (Brueggemann 57). To quote current sociologies of religion (Charles Taylor), it is a rhetoric that challenges the world’s social imaginary with a new and even more impossible one.

"At the center of Israel's imaginative enterprise are Yahweh's impossibilities (Heb. pela'), which regularly transform, reverse, and invert lived
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Difficult, thorough, and necessary, Theology of the Old Testament is Brueggemann at his finest, pulling no punches and calling it as he sees it. This is the raw and relentless account of the Old Testament that the church needs: not one that tries to make every text fit in a coherent system nor explains away inconsistencies and tensions. This is not a text for the faint of heart--battling through all 750 pages is a slug-fest--but for those who claim any sort of leadership in the Christian church, ...more
Brad Kuhn
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely amazing read. The first couple of chapters on the history of OT interpretation are great. What connected with me most are his thoughts in chapter 28 on how Christians should approach OT theology (and how we're often doing it wrong). Not an easy read - but well, well worth the effort!
Steven Bullmer
I'll read anything by Walter Brueggemann! While it's "textbook tough," he has such an insightful perspective on all things Old Testament
Neil White
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal project for its breadth and its insight. It is at times a challenging read but well worth the effort. A great work of textual theology and a powerful reading of the scriptures for our time.
Bryan Neuschwander
I really enjoyed his approach and analysis--he seems to have taken the text seriously.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is Good and Scholarly but fyfaen did his version of God fuck with my mind. (it's probably obvious which aspect)
Daniel Seifert
A book I plan to read an essay at a time with seasons to muse and integrate as I am able. Shalom! I read portions of Theo. of the OT in Seminary (03-08). So I pick this up when it comes by on the river of life.

Brueggemann OT:TDA continues to be a staple source for unraveling the various obscure texts of the Hebrew people. This Brueggemann text helps unlock the ancient practice and meaning of thus providing clarity and rich meaning for people (students, poets, prophets, pastors, counselors, sojo
Mark Wendland
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one book of Brueggemann's that you should read. It is a testimony that passionate and faithful scholarship does not have to buy into "inerrancy" or even the idea that the writings of the Bible are harmonizable.
Kory Capps
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Tom Beetham
Good in the details. Not so much in putting the pieces together for the big picture.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the first half of the book more engaging than the second.
Ferrell Foster
This book is a life-changer; it opens new vistas of understanding it relation to the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible. It is not an easy ready, but it is a worthwhile one.
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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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“[I]n 1955, Klaus Koch proposed a construct of “deeds-consequences,” wherein he argued that the very structure of most sayings in the Book of Proverbs (and elsewhere in the Old Testament) assumed and affirmed that human deeds have automatic and inescapable consequences, so that acts for good or for ill produce their own “spheres of destiny.” The critical point in Koch’s argument is that in “foolish acts” - acts that violate Yahweh’s righteousness - Yahweh does not need to intervene directly in order to punish or reward, as in the covenant blessings and curses of Sinai. Rather, the deed carries within it the seed of its own consequence, punishment or reward, which is not imposed by an outside agent (Yahweh). Thus, for example, a lazy person suffers the consequence of poverty, without the instrusion of any punishing agent; likewise, carelessness in choosing friends will produce a life of dissolution, all on its own. Consequently, “responsible acts” - those that cohere with Yahweh’s ordering of creation - will result in good for self and for community. Yahweh is not at all visible in this process. But, according to Israel, Yahweh is nonetheless indispensable for the process. This is not, in Israel’s horizon, a self-propelled system of sanctions, but it is an enactment of Yahweh’s sovereign, faithful intentionality.” 0 likes
“It is the work of a witness to present a coherent narrative account of what happened, or to provide materials out of which a coherent narrative account may be constructed. It is the work of a witness to tell the truth. The witness necessarily purports to tell the truth, and may indeed be telling the truth. The court, moreover, may accept the rendering of reality given by the witness as true. Or the witness may be engaged in deception or in self-deception. The witness may be engaged in a form of truth-telling that appears to be inadequate. It is the work of the court to test the adequacy of the witness’s version of reality. This testing is done through the process of cross-examination, whereby the court probes the testimony of the witness in order to inquire into its adequacy, coherence, credibility, and congruence with other evidence. If the testimony is found to be not adequate, or not credible, or not coherent, or not congruent, the court is likely to reject the testimony as an unreliable rendering of reality.

I propose that the process of cross-examination is required of Israel’s daring testimony, which attests to “mighty acts” whereby Yahweh transforms the world. Moreover, the process of cross-examination seems to go on in the Old Testament text itself, the text being pervasively disputatious. [...] It is remarkable that the process of cross-examination goes on in the Old Testament itself, partly in the utterance of Israel and partly in the alleged utterance of non-Israelites. As a consequence, the cross-examination constitutes part of the record of testimony, and it is understood in Israel as a way in which the testimony itself must be undertaken.”
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