Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Synopsis

Professor Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel's prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile.

Excerpt

This book seeks to do two interpretive tasks at the same time. First, it attempts to do biblical theology, to discern and articulate the main theological claims of a body of textual material, to listen to the text, and to speak echoes of it. Second, the book seeks to make a hermeneutical move to our own theological situation by drawing a [dynamic equivalent] between Israel's exilic situation and that of the American church. Thus an effort is made to address both [what it meant] and [what it means.] in working at both tasks, it has seemed clear that while the two are distinct tasks, they cannot be completely separated. I have come to think it is inevitable that one's sense of [what it means] will impinge on [what it meant.] I suspect that biblical theology that has any vitality is always done in this way.

These chapters are a combination of two series of lectures. Portions of the manuscript were first presented at a Pastors' Conference to the pastors of the Missouri Conference, United Church of Christ, at which I was hosted by my bishops, Rueben Koehler and David Felton. These lectures eventually were formalized as the Scott Lectures at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where I was graciously hosted by Dean M. Jack Suggs. Other parts of the manuscript were presented to the Pastors' Conference of the Board of Homeland Ministries, United Church of Christ, where I was hosted by Robert Burtt and George Worcester, and were finally presented as the Schaff lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. There I was warmly hosted by President Samuel Calien, Dean Ulrich Mauser, and . . .

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