This theme and these questions can also be related to the crucifixion of Jesus and the displacement experienced by his followers. Brueggemann extends his wonderment further to the displacement experienced in modern American culture, as events jolt our notions of exceptionalism and chosenness. All of those same propensities were at work in ancient Israel in the wake of the displacement of Jerusalem, a wake given voice in the book of Jeremiah.
Brueggemann analyzes the various parts of the sermon through the organization of the book of Jeremiah, looking at Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, comparing them to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. The task of the preacher mirrors the task of the prophet who seeks to pluck and tear down, as well as to plant and to build. The preacher cannot, as he says, participate in a cover-up. The preaching task requires honesty about what God requires and a clear proclamation of what God has done and will yet do.
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About the Author
Carolyn J. Sharp is Associate Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Yale Divinity School and author of Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah (2003) and Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible: The Power of the Unspoken in Sacred Texts (forthcoming).
Table of Contents
Foreword Carolyn J. Sharp ix
1 Getting Started in Utterance: The Sermon Introduction 1
2 Reaching an Ending: The Sermon Conclusion 37
3 The Body of Prophetic Imagination: Plucking Up and Tearing Down 81
4 The Body of Prophetic Imagination: Planting and Building 123
A Belated Postscript 163
Scripture Index 177
Working Preacher Books 183