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Overview First appearing during the peace-loving 1970s, this book now receives a welcome reintroduction as part of Chalice Press's Understanding Biblical Themes series. Brueggemann, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, looks at the protean concept of "shalom" and its relation to concerns today for peace and justice. The task is daunting, but Brueggemann tackles it with his characteristic penchant for conceptual clarity. He outlines a broad biblical vision for shalom ("one community embracing all creation... including all those resources and factors which make communal harmony joyous and effective") and identifies some of its comprising factors (freedom, unity, order, justice, etc.). The second half of the book begins to work out what it means for the church and its people to be a community of shalom. One of the best sections is the new introduction, which is Brueggemann's own insightful critique of the book (and the era in which it was written). Brueggemann seems just as at home with the New Testament as the Old, and like many seminary educators, his style slides between the pedagogical and the sermonic. Once in a while there's a clunky cluster of theological terms, but just as often a memorable and poetic turn of phrase. This is another fine example of what Brueggemann does best: squeezing the Bible to produce hard-working theology for the church.
Publishers Description Each book in this series provides an in-depth look at a major recurring theme in the Bible and its lasting theological influence. The series is designed to enhance the reader's understanding of our biblical heritage and its relevance to faithful life today. Brueggemann traces the concept of shalom -- the biblical vision of one community embracing all creation -- through the Old and New Testaments. He offers an in-depth analysis of the major scriptural references, links the vision of shalom to the search for peace and justice in the world today, and shows we can work toward it in our congregations and in our everyday lives.
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Publishers Weekly - 05/14/2001 page 74
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Studio: Chalice Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2001
Publisher Chalice Press
Series Understanding Biblical Themes
ISBN 0827238282 ISBN13 9780827238282
Availability 0 units.
More About Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.
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Peace Comes to the Brickyard Feb 20, 2006
With "Peace," Brueggemann has forever changed the way I think about the biblical idea of Shalom.
I'll be contemplating the message and implications of "Peace" for a long time. This book will not let me go; I finished it, but cannot place it on my bookshelf. I continue to read it and even take it on trips.
In the beginning of Peace, Brueggemann sets up a towering metaphor: "The Brickyard." As anyone who has read Exodus (or seen "The Ten Commandments") knows, the children of Israel were slaves to Pharaoh. They made bricks for Egypt.
In Brueggemann's eyes, the brickyard becomes the oppressive, demanding, soulless spirit of our (or any) dehumanizing age.
Most of us understand the heartbreaking futility of the brickyard; we see it every day - in our children, our neighbors, our fellow workers, ourselves. The confluence of technology, economics, marketing, government, health, employment, and religion (and other factors) has created a new and sometimes crushing slavery. More than once, I was deeply moved at the devastating extent of The Brickyard.
From that, he presents Shalom as the antithesis of everything the coercion of the age represents. In short, Shalom is the Kingdom of God.
"Peace" is an eloquently written powerhouse; the best book on the Kingdom of God I've read. I have finished reading Peace. But I suspect that Peace has not finished reading me.
BTW, Brueggemann is often criticized by conservatives for his thoughts on human sexuality. But, I think what he is really saying is that morality must flow from the revelation of the Kingdom of God, and not from "it is written." Heart-deep morality can only be forged in experience with a healing and delivering Yahweh. And, we cannot - as Christ followers - condemn people who are still trapped in the moral brickyard.