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(PUBFortress)Brueggemann, whose strong suit is making the Old Testament relevant to today's world, probes three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Second Isaiah to demonstrate how these exhortations and encouragements are similar to what caregivers should counsel in modern situations of exile. 160 pages, softcover.
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. He addresses three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah (the pathos of God), Ezekiel (the holiness of God), and 2 Isaiah (the newness of God). This literature is seen to contain the theological resources for handling both brokenness and surprise with freedom, courage, and imagination. Throughout, Brueggemann demonstrates how these resources offer vitality for ministry today.