The Prophetic Imagination: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Prophetic Imagination: 40th Anniversary Edition

by Walter Brueggemann, Davis Hankins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506449302
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 159
Sales rank: 124,419
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books including, from Fortress Press, The Prophetic Imagination,Theology of the Old Testament and The Creative Word.

Davis Hankins is an assistant professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Davis Hankins

A Note about the 40th Anniversary Edition

Preface to the Second (Revised) Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1. The Alternative Community of Moses

2. Royal Consciousness: Countering the Counterculture

3. Prophetic Criticizing and the Embrace of Pathos

4. Prophetic Energizing and the Emergence of Atonement

5. Criticism and Pathos in Jesus of Nazareth

6. Energizing and Amazement in Jesus of Nazareth

7. A Note on the Practice of Ministry

A Postscript on Practice

In Retrospect (PI at Forty) by Walter Bruggemann



Selected Bibliography

Scripture Index

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