Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text

Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text

Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text

Old Testament Theology: Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text


In these essays, Walter Brueggemann addresses the necessity for thinking about the shape and structure of Old Testament theology-and for the impact such thinking can have on the larger issues of contemporary life.

Brueggemann draws on the work of persons from all disciplines and incorporates them in a seminal way in his theology. The work of persons in theology, psychology, the social sciences, politics, and the like often provides heuristic possibilities and even basic models for talking about the Old Testament. The Old Testament is seen to be something that has intelligible and significant worldly connections.


Patrick D. Miller

Even though his interests and writings are many and diverse, Walter Brueggemann is first and foremost an Old Testament theologian. the chapters that follow, most of which have appeared in print previously but as essays scattered throughout various books and journals, demonstrate this in different ways. They show his work as an Old Testament theologian in the narrow—although no less important—sense in that he explicitly addresses the issues of what a theology of the Old Testament should look like and engages other Old Testament theologians around the methodological issues. the essays and articles collected here, however, reveal that he is an Old Testament theologian also in a broader—although no more important—sense in that he believes that the Old Testament is a theological document in every sense of the word. Its subject matter is theological and its appropriation is theological. Brueggemann moves freely back and forth from scholarly and academic writing to the general and popular. in neither case, however, does he ever fail to lift up theological issues in the text or texts before him.

And there are always texts before him. This volume presents some of Brueggemann’s more important theoretical or methodological essays, but concern for theory and method does not represent his primary approach to the Bible. Perhaps more accurately stated, his theoretical conclusions are worked out on the basis of text. He is most at home with texts, and he acknowledges openly both his reticence to write about things in general and his preference for . . .

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