Item description for Genesis: Interpretation : A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Walter Brueggemann...
Overview A brilliant examination of God's four ''calls'' in Genesis-creation, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph-and God's call to us today through the text.
In his clear and readable style Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God's decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann's impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.36" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.39" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1986
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Interpretation Commentary
ISBN 080423101X ISBN13 9780804231015
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More About Walter Brueggemann
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...
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I'd give it 10 stars if I could Aug 7, 2007
This is a fabulous commentary -- one of the very best I've ever used. Brueggemann is careful to do the "critical-historical" work, but he also brings a narrative sense -- and a preacher's sense -- to the interpretation of the text. His goal is to enable today's church to access the book of Genesis for its proclamation and ministry. (I'm amazed and disappointed that Doulos couldn't do that! Some people really are blinded by philosophy!)
Would that all biblical commentaries were as well-done, as relevant, as powerful as this! High recommended.
Saddened Oct 29, 2006
This is my first review on this site. I initally wrote a lengthy diatribe against the liberal polemics (the commentary is surprisingly dogmatic given its modern, liberal hermeneutic) of the author before deciding to simplify things by reporting that this is the most anti-Christ-ian commentary I have ever read. Nowhere herein is the Son of God glorified or exalted, but rather apologized for. The author states:
"There are no claims or presumptions here that the New Testament is 'the resolution' of the Old Testament... This exposition explores what happens when the text is brought to our faith in Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ. It is not claimed that this perception is the true or only or best reading. But it is the one we can make responsibly in relation to the canon of the church which insists on a linkage between New and Old Testaments." (pg 7, introduction)
Now I am not entirely sure what the author means by these statements, but I get the sense throughout the entire commentary (as with most liberal exposition) that human wisdom is the foundation and end of the effort.
Here is one more semi-randomly chosen excerpt, commenting on the meeting of Jacob with the Mysterious Stranger at Peniel:
"The identity of the 'man' (vs. 24) is obscure. In much interpretation, it has been understood as a demon or a Canaanite numen. While that may have been the intention in some earlier form of the narrative, that does not help us to interpret the present form. (pg. 266)
My copy of this purchase is going in the trash.
Not the intended audience Aug 19, 2006
I give this book 2 stars not because it is a bad book, but because it does not serve a purpose for me. This book is really geared towards the preacher or teacher looking to use the author's interpretation as a framework for their exposition of Genesis. As I am not a preacher or, formally, a teacher, this book was not worth the time for me to read. I recommend the Word Biblical Commentary by Wenham or the New American Commentary by Matthews instead of this one.
One of the best commentaries on Genesis ever Aug 21, 2005
This is one of the best commentaries I have ever read and by far the best I have read on Genesis. Like all the commentaries in the series, this is a preaching commentary and I find his handing of the creation narrative as a proclamation of sovereignty to be excellent. I wish I had found this commentary much earlier in my journey.
Perfect for narrative preaching. Apr 19, 2001
I used this book as a key reference when preparing a sermon on the life of Abraham. Brueggmann provides plenty of fascinating insight and details that can help make the biblical story come to life, touching the heart as well as the mind.