An Unsettling God: The Heart Of The Hebrew Bible

An Unsettling God: The Heart Of The Hebrew Bible

by Walter Brueggemann

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451419535
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Abbreviations xix

1 YHWH as Dialogical Character 1

YHWH as Active Agent 2

"Common Theology" Transposed 2

Jewish Probes of the Dialogical 5

God in Pathos 9

The Speech of Dialogical Fidelity 11

Regulation via Imagination 16

2 Israel as YHWH's Partner 19

YHWH's Originary Love for Israel 20

Israel's Covenantal Obligation 23

Israel Recalcitrant and Scattered 39

YHWH's Fresh Turn toward Israel 44

Israel Regathered in Obedience 47

Israel's Narrative Life in Four Texts 52

Israel and, Belatedly, the Church 54

3 The Human Person as YHWH's Partner 57

Covenantal Notions of Personhood 58

Human Persons Commensurate to YHWH's Sovereignty and Mercy 61

Characteristic Markings of Covenantal Humanness 66

Covenantal Existence as Alternative Humanness 91

Covenantal Humanness in Two Texts 92

4 The Nations as YHWH's Partner 99

The Large Horizon of YHWH's Governance 100

The Nations vis-à-vis Israel 102

YHWH and the Superpowers 109

The Possibility of Legitimate Power in the World of YHWH 126

5 Creation as YHWH's Partner 137

A World Blessed and Fruitful 138

Creation in Jeopardy 143

The World beyond Nullification 153

Creation at YHWH's Behest 160

6 The Drama of Partnership with YHWH 163

Recurring Pattern in the Partners 164

Israel's Articulation of YHWH 167

Materials for a Metanarrative 170

Notes 177

Scripture Index 203

Author Index 209

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