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Overview In A Social Reading of the Old Testament author Walter Brueggeman raises a variety of contemporary and intriguing questions on the relation of society and text in the Old Testament. Some of the topics discussed are, the conflictual tension in ancient Israel, the political dimension of mercy, theodicy, violence, horses and chariots and the cry to God of the oppressed and God's response. He opens to a variety of readers a compelling picture of subversive paradigm and social possibility in the Hebrew Bible.
Publishers Description In this book Walter Brueggemann raises a variety of contemporary and intriguing questions on the relation of society and text in the Old Testament, among them-the hidden agendas that underlie the making and reading of Scripture the conflictual tension in ancient Israel the cry to God of the oppressed and God's response the political dimension of mercy theodicy, violence, horses, and chariots Brueggemann opens to a variety of readers a compelling picture of subversive paradigm and social possibility in the Hebrew Bible.
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Library Journal - 07/01/1994 page 99
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.83" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800627342 ISBN13 9780800627348
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More About Walter Brueggemann & Patrick D. Miller, Jr.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Walter Brueggemann has published or released items in the following series...
Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries
Augsburg Old Testament Studies
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Reviews - What do customers think about A Social Reading of the Old Testament?
A challenging interpretation of Old Testament texts. Dec 9, 1998
Brueggemann combines his sociological and exegetical skills to provide an interpretation of Old Testament texts that is challenging and meaningful. He highlights the tension between institutionalisation and revolution, complacency and subversion which exists in the Bible. On the one hand, there are texts that glorify and support the establishment, which tolerate the oppression of the majority by the powerful. On the other hand, there is God's voice responding to the cry of the oppressed. This is a God who wants to enter a new, and transformative relationship with humanity.
Those of us who confine our interpretation of scripture to the literary or the historical, or who see the Bible as confirming a politically conservative view of the world, will find this book uncomfortable. Brueggemann is not neutral - nor should he be - and has obvious affinity for the voice of liberation, transformation, justice and peace that calls to us from the Biblical texts. Sometimes, his interpretation is a little forced (as in chapter 5) but such an interpretation is always easy to read and definitely worth considering.
As one who enjoys the wisdom literature of the Old Testsament, I found Brueggemann's critique of the sociological background of wisdom more than a little disconcerting. His words challenged me to reflect on my own position in society and to ask myself about the extent to which it influences my response to the Old Testament.
A final word: the second chapter of the book, "Covenant as a subversive paradigm", is inspirational.