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Texts That Linger Words That Explode: Listening to Prophetic Voices
Walter Bruggemann

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Format: Paperback, 176pp.
ISBN: 0800632311
Publisher: Fortress Press
Pub. Date: April 2000

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These studies on the prophetic texts from the Hebrew Bible cover a wide range of topics, challenging the reader to confront the issues of faithfulness, responsibility, and justice in an ever-changing world. Brueggemann explores how these prophetic traditions have the potential to continually resonate in our contemporary communities and individual lives. Rather than “dead words” to kingdoms no longer in existence, the Israelite and Judean prophets have an enduring impact on how God challenges our values, our perspectives—and our very lives. Brueggemann has become well known for providing fresh perspective on ancient texts, always in conversation with great thinkers and people of faith.

These probings into ancient texts and contemporary consciousness are an invitation to the reader to return to the texts and to let their words explode once more. It may not be a pleasant experience. I am often struck by how readily people listen to Bruggemann and read his books. For this contemporary prophet does not mince words or preach comfortable sermons. There is an abrasiveness that comes from an authentic hearing of the word. Maybe the response of his listeners is itself a testimony, not to the popularity of a writer/speaker but to the power of the Scriptures he interprets and their compelling call, even when they place us under the threat of judgment.


"Widely published author Walter Brueggemann delves into ancient texts and contemporary consciousness, inviting the reader to rediscover these Scriptures and their radical implications. Perhaps not a comfortable read, but a challenging one nonetheless, from one of today's leading Old Testament theologians."
—The Other Side


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Walter Brueggemann, through his teaching, lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today. Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines, he has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a foundational work in the field.

Professor Brueggemann, who holds the Th.D. from Union Seminary, New York, and the Ph.D. from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously Professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Fortress Press books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness (1996), exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.

On November 17, 2000 the Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book 2000 at a dinner in Brueggemann's honor. The award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World, which was edited by Patrick D. Miller, came out in July 2000.

Table of Contents

    Editor's Foreword

  1. Texts That Linger, Words That Explode
  2. Rereading the Book of Isaiah
  3. The Prophetic Word of God and History
  4. The Baruch Connection
  5. The Scandal and Liberty of Particularity
  6. Always in the Shadow of the Empire
  7. "Exodus" in the Plural

    Author Index
    Scripture Index

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