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Journey to the Common Good
     

Journey to the Common Good

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by Walter Brueggemann
 

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Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey

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Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction. Such a concept may seem overwhelming, but writing with his usual theological acumen and social awareness Brueggemann distills this challenge to its most basic issues: where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and work for the common good. Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611640083
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
451,426
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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Journey to the Common Good 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CMSBoston More than 1 year ago
I work at the City Mission Society in Boston, and I'm using this book in a course on Urban Ministry with seminary students. It represents exactly the kind of meditation on contemporary issues combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of the Bible that I am working to model for my students. Too often when people talk about social justice in the Bible, they limit themselves to a few verses: the Beatitudes, Micah, etc. Brueggemann shows how concern for social justice is woven through the entire Biblical enterprise. Both thought-provoking and a pleasure to read.
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