The Practice of Prophetic Imagination

The necessary context of prophetic preaching, Walter Brueggemann argues, is "a contestation between narratives" the dominant narrative of our time, which promoting self-sufficiency at the national level (through militarism) and the personal ...

The Practice of Prophetic Imagination

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419767

Page: 192

View: 282

The necessary context of prophetic preaching, Walter Brueggemann argues, is "a contestation between narratives" the dominant narrative of our time, which promoting self-sufficiency at the national level (through militarism) and the personal (through consumerism), and the countervailing narrative of a world claimed by a God who is gracious, uncompromising--and real. In previous work Brueggemann has pointed us again and again to the indispensability of imagination. Here he writes for those who bear responsibility for regular proclamation in communities of faith, describing the discipline of a prophetic imagination that is unflinchingly realistic and unwaveringly candid.

Prophetic Imagination

In this new edition, Brueggemann has completely revised the text, updated the notes, and added a new preface.

Prophetic Imagination

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419708

Page: 178

View: 837

In this challenging and enlightening treatment, Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Here he traces the broad sweep from Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus. He highlights that the prophetic vision and not only embraces the pain of the people but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing. In this new edition, Brueggemann has completely revised the text, updated the notes, and added a new preface.

The Prophetic Imagination

This edition builds off the revised and updated 2001 edition and includes a new afterword by Brueggemann and a new foreword by Davis Hankins.

The Prophetic Imagination

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 150644931X

Page: 150

View: 308

A classic text in biblical theology--still relevant for today and tomorrow. In this 40th anniversary edition of the classic text from one of the most influential biblical scholars of our time, Walter Brueggemann, offers a theological and ethical reading of the Hebrew Bible. He finds there a vision for the community of God whose words and practices of lament, protest and complain give rise to an alternative social order that opposes the "totalism" of the day. Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Linking Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus, he argues that the prophetic vision not only embraces the pain of the people, but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing. This edition builds off the revised and updated 2001 edition and includes a new afterword by Brueggemann and a new foreword by Davis Hankins.

Reality Grief Hope

Pointing out striking correlations between the catastrophe of 9/11 and the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, Brueggemann shows how the prophetic biblical response to that crisis was truth-telling in the face of ideology, grief in the face ...

Reality  Grief  Hope

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802870724

Page: 165

View: 125

Pointing out striking correlations between the catastrophe of 9/11 and the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, Brueggemann shows how the prophetic biblical response to that crisis was truth-telling in the face of ideology, grief in the face of denial, and hope in the face of despair. He argues that the same prophetic responses are urgently required from us now if we are to escape the deathliness of denial and despair. --from publisher description

Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Prophetic Imagination

The Norwegian lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824) has been described as a prophet who brought religious, social, economic and political change to nineteenth-century Norway.

Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Prophetic Imagination

Author: A. H. Stibbe

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 478

The Norwegian lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824) has been described as a prophet who brought religious, social, economic and political change to nineteenth-century Norway. This thesis examines Hauge's first four texts as prophecy using the paradigm 'prophetic imagination' as an analytical model to provide a comprehensive explanation as to how his speech acted to 'evoke consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture' by means of the cooperative action of 'prophetic criticism' and 'prophetic energising' (Brueggemann 2001:13). A formal analysis of Hauge's texts identified idiosyncratic 'framing devices' which act to indicate the presence of prophetic speech at both the general and the specific level. These devices, particularly the prophetic call narratives, were also found to act to legitimate Hauge's prophetic speech. Formal elements of prophetic speech were identified in Hauge's specific prophetic utterances, enabling these to be classified as forms of two major prophetic genres: announcements of judgement (criticising) or announcements of salvation (energising). Apocalyptic, the third major prophetic genre, was identified as playing a greater role in Hauge's early texts than has been previously acknowledged. An analysis of Hauge's apocalyptic thought indicated that his prophetic task was motivated by basic beliefs rooted in this idiosyncratic worldview. The supplementation of Brueggemann's paradigm with Wright's worldview schema permitted the scrutiny of Hauge's use of prophetic narrative against this apocalyptic backdrop (Wright 2001). This subsequently permitted the identification of the symbols which were dismantled by Hauge's prophetic criticism - the personnel, practice and place of institutional religion, and the symbols which were transformed or generated by his prophetic energising - 'true shepherds', 'priests and kings', and membership of 'a prophethood of all believers'. The adoption of these symbols explains the self-confidence expressed by Hauge's followers and their subsequent involvement in all areas of public life.

Communicative theology

This book picks up these reactions and answers them by introducing critical-constructive contributions and by suggesting further developments.

Communicative theology

Author: Matthias Scharer

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643501269

Page: 152

View: 431

Die zahlreichen Publikationen zur Kommunikativen Theologie in den letzten Jahren haben unterschiedliche Reaktionen ausgelost. Dieses Buch greift diese auf, bringt kritisch-konstruktive Anfragen und zeigt Weiterfuhrungen auf. *** During the last few years numerous communicative-theological publications have triggered off different reactions. This book picks up these reactions and answers them by introducing critical-constructive contributions and by suggesting further developments.

Disruptive Grace

Walter Brueggemann has been one of the leading voices in Hebrew Bible interpretation for decades.

Disruptive Grace

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419600

Page: 400

View: 302

Walter Brueggemann has been one of the leading voices in Hebrew Bible interpretation for decades. His landmark works in Old Testament theology have inspired and informed a generation of students, scholars, and preachers. These chapters gather his recent addresses and essays, never published before, drawn from all three parts of the Hebrew Bible—Torah, prophets, and writings—and addressing the role of the Hebrew canon in the life of the church. Brueggemann turns his critical erudition to those practices—prophecy, lament, prayer, faithful imagination, and a holy economics—that alone may usher in a humane and peaceful future for our cities and our world, in defiance of the most ruthless aspects of capitalism, the arrogance of militarism, and the disciplines of the national security state.

Tenacious Solidarity

Brueggemann consistently attempts to weave the biblical texts--vested as they are with the authority of a storyteller--into the deep contours of his readers' experiences, in order to foster a tenacious solidarity that might overcome both ...

Tenacious Solidarity

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1506447716

Page: 496

View: 961

Tenacious Solidarity features essays and new writings from 2014 to 2018. As all of Walter Brueggemann's writing is, the chapters are deeply biblical while also concerned with the identities, practices, and obligations of religious communities in contemporary contexts within the United States. Brueggemann consistently attempts to weave the biblical texts--vested as they are with the authority of a storyteller--into the deep contours of his readers' experiences, in order to foster a tenacious solidarity that might overcome both the psychic numbness cultivated by a 24-hour news cycle as well as the anxious possessiveness nurtured by so many privatized spiritualities. Brueggemann brings the "transformative potential" of the biblical texts to bear on critical contemporary contexts, including but not limited to economic disparities, racial injustice and white supremacy, climate and care for creation, and the power of memory and mentoring. He delves deeply in the Psalms, which he says, "provides a foundational script for living into the fullest and deepest realities of human existence." And he draws from the Prophets his foundational concept of totalism, which he defines as "automated fragmentation of social life such that we habitually and callously disregard our relations with others."

The Word Militant

Against the easy assurance of a too-enculturated religion, Walter Brueggemann refocuses the preaching task around the decentering, destabilizing, always risky Word that confronts us in Scripture - if we have the courage to hear.

The Word Militant

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419775

Page: 224

View: 489

Against the easy assurance of a too-enculturated religion, Walter Brueggemann refocuses the preaching task around the decentering, destabilizing, always risky Word that confronts us in Scripture - if we have the courage to hear.

The Book that Breathes New Life

The purpose of this collection of Brueggemann's essays is to bring to the fore a much more extensive critical engagement on his part with the current discussion about the Old Testament, its character, its authority, its theology, and ...

The Book that Breathes New Life

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419554

Page: 228

View: 755

The purpose of this collection of Brueggemann's essays is to bring to the fore a much more extensive critical engagement on his part with the current discussion about the Old Testament, its character, its authority, its theology, and especially its God.... Readers of these essays who think they may have grasped what Brueggemann has to say about the theology of the Old Testament from reading his magnum opus will find that he is still thinking, still listening, and still helping us understand the scriptures of Israel and the church at an ever deeper level.

Hopeful Imagination

Professor Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel's prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile.

Hopeful Imagination

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451419627

Page: 146

View: 866

Professor Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel's prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile. He addresses three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah (the pathos of God), Ezekiel (the holiness of God), and 2 Isaiah (the newness of God). This literature is seen to contain the theological resources for handling both brokenness and surprise with freedom, courage, and imagination. Throughout, Brueggemann demonstrates how these resources offer vitality for ministry today.

Theology After Christendom

Amid several major global crises, including the rise of terrorism and religious fundamentalism and a sudden resurgence of political extremism, Christians must now face up fearlessly to the challenges of living in a “post-truth” age in ...

Theology After Christendom

Author: Joshua T. Searle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532617305

Page: 232

View: 562

Christianity must be understood not as a religion of private salvation, but as a gospel movement of universal compassion, which transforms the world in the power of God’s truth. Amid several major global crises, including the rise of terrorism and religious fundamentalism and a sudden resurgence of political extremism, Christians must now face up fearlessly to the challenges of living in a “post-truth” age in which deceitful politicians present their media-spun fabrications as “alternative facts.” This book is an attempt to enact a transformative theology for these changing times that will equip the global Christian community to take a stand for the gospel in an age of cultural despair and moral fragmentation. The emerging post-Christendom era calls for a new vision of Christianity that has come of age and connects with the spiritual crisis of our times. In helping to make this vision a reality, Searle insists that theology is not merely an academic discipline, but a transformative enterprise that changes the world. Theology is to be experienced not just behind a desk, in an armchair, or in a church, but also in hospitals, in foodbanks, in workplaces, and on the streets. Theology is to be lived as well as read.

Social Criticism and Social Vision in Ancient Israel

A Royal Miracle and Its Nachleben 6. The Living Afterlife of a Dead Prophet: Words That Keep Speaking 7. The Tearing of the Curtain: Matthew 27:51 8. Five Strong Rereadings of the Book of Isaiah

Social Criticism and Social Vision in Ancient Israel

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498206425

Page: 144

View: 816

Contents 1. Social Criticism and Social Vision in the Deuteronomic Formula of the Judges 2. A Poem of Summons (Isa 55:1-3), a Narrative of Resistance (Dan 1:1-21) 3. Psalms 9-10: A Counter to Conventional Social Reality 4. Prophetic Imagination toward Social Flourishing 5. A Royal Miracle and Its Nachleben 6. The Living Afterlife of a Dead Prophet: Words That Keep Speaking 7. The Tearing of the Curtain: Matthew 27:51 8. Five Strong Rereadings of the Book of Isaiah

Voicing the Vision

This book will be a welcome companion for the seminarian who is just learning to preach, as well as the seasoned preacher who is looking for new inspiration.

Voicing the Vision

Author: Linda L. Clader

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 0819219320

Page: 168

View: 423

For more than a decade, popular homiletics professor Linda Clader has been helping her students become attentive to how the Holy Spirit is speaking to them, and eventually through them to the congregation. In "Voicing the Vision" she shares her ideas about what preachers can do to be open and receptive to the Spirit once the exegesis is done. Clader's approach to inspired and prophetic preaching is a holistic one, filled with suggestions about how the preacher's spiritual life and practice affect openness to the Spirit, as well as how various creative exercises can create spaces in which the Spirit can flourish. Her careful analysis of the biblical texts that illuminate how the Spirit works in those texts is supplemented by practical suggestions for noticing how the Spirit also works in the everyday life of preacher and congregation. This book will be a welcome companion for the seminarian who is just learning to preach, as well as the seasoned preacher who is looking for new inspiration.

unKingdom Second Edition

In unKingdom, Mark Van Steenwyk takes a hard look at the ways Christianity has become complicit in imperialism and genocide, particularly in North America.

unKingdom  Second Edition

Author: Mark Van Steenwyk

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532676778

Page: 152

View: 399

In unKingdom, Mark Van Steenwyk takes a hard look at the ways Christianity has become complicit in imperialism and genocide, particularly in North America. With a blend of humility, wit, and sharp critique, he proposes a prophetic way forward through practices of revolutionary repentance.

An Unsettling God

This book, drawn from the heart of foremost Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the Old Testament, distills a career's worth of insights into the core message of the Hebrew Bible.

An Unsettling God

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419538

Page: 192

View: 509

In the pages of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel gave witness to its encounter with a profound and uncontrollable reality experienced through relationship. This book, drawn from the heart of foremost Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the Old Testament, distills a career's worth of insights into the core message of the Hebrew Bible. God is described there, Brueggemann observes, as engaging four "partners" in the divine purpose. This volume presents Brueggeman at his most engaging, offering profound insights tailored especially for the beginning student of the Hebrew Bible.

A Gospel of Hope

Both are woven throughout this new collection of his writings, A Gospel of Hope, which encourages readers to abandon what is safe and routine and instead embrace the audacity required to live out one's faith.

A Gospel of Hope

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473686075

Page: 160

View: 354

'Wise words ... filled with a message of hope for humanity and the world' - Irish Catholic Walter Brueggemann is beloved and respected by scholars, preachers and laity alike for his penetrating insights on Scripture and prophetic diagnoses of our culture. Both are woven throughout this new collection of his writings, A Gospel of Hope, which encourages readers to abandon what is safe and routine and instead embrace the audacity required to live out one's faith. This must-have volume gathers Brueggemann's wisdom on topics ranging from anxiety and abundance to partisanship and the role of faith in public life.