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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Paperback
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Number of Pages: 165
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2014
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unrelenting realism' that possessed the imagination of the ancient prophets. . . . With steely-eyed observation he helps us see, amid the despair that has gripped American life since 2001, that there is hope — a hope grounded in the everyday work of the church. This is Brueggemann at his very best."<BR /><BR /><B>Richard Horsley</B><BR /> — University of Massachusetts, Boston<BR /> "Walter Brueggemann is widely appreciated as the most insightful and compelling interpreter of the Bible as it bears on current social and religious crises. Here he discerns how the arrogant American exceptionalism ofGod's new Israel' has been powerfully informed by the biblical ideology of God's chosen people and the exceptionalism of the ancient Jerusalem elite. . . . Reality, Grief, Hope is timely, prophetic, and very well done."
law of Christ' and to lead the way by living out the second greatest command: love your neighbor as yourself."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Christian Century</I></B><BR /> "<I>Reality, Grief, Hope</I> unfolds as a tour through various biblical moments — several prophets' teaching, the Exodus, and of course the Psalms. I felt as though I were sitting next to Brueggemann as he leafed through his Bible, pointing to a phrase or two, with sidebar comments on culture, the inner soul, politics. . . . Brueggemann is always hopeful, and I feel hopeful when I've finished reading him."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Reviews in Religion & Theology</I></B><BR /> "Walter Brueggemann's Reality, Grief, Hope is quite the book. . . . Brueggemann, in typical fashion, pulls no punches in his analyses. . . . Christians should take his views seriously so that we might acknowledge the reality of cultural brokenness so that we may have hope in restoration and healing through the church."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Mennonite Brethren Herald</I></B><BR /> "As one of the world's most prolific and significant Old Testament writers, Walter Brueggemann continues to do what he has done for more than four decades: read Scripture in ways that confront, convict and nurture the church. . . . One cannot read this book and be unmoved. In keeping with the prophetic spirit, it is intentionally provocative and calls for a response. . . . Offers deep and significant thoughts about Israel's prophets and our present hearing of them that deserve careful attention and uneasy wrestling in our lives together."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Bible Today</I></B><BR /> "Walter Brueggemann is well known as one who looks deeply into the biblical prophetic soul and finds there both the challenge and the sustenance for believers to live in the contemporary world in a prophetic way. . . . The reflections in this book are grounded in biblical theology, but they have the authenticity that comes from seasoned prayerful pondering."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Spirit & Life</I></B><BR /> "If you are willing to be challenged regarding your own ideas of American <I>chosenness,</I> this book is for you."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Anvil</I></B><BR /> "A refreshing and challenging read. . . . Brueggemann's call to the contemporary church to learn from the prophets and to engage with the dominant ideologies of our day in a way that is founded upon a belief in the sovereignty of God is one that challenges all who are concerned with the church's engagement with our post-Christendom consumer society."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Regent's Reviews</I></B><BR /> "For Brueggemann, the prophetic practice of the church isindispensable for the future viability of our society. It is, moreover, work that is likely to remain undone until it is undertaken by a faithful, courageous, emancipated church.' Reality, Grief, Hope continues Brueggemann's consistent challenge to take this prophetic calling seriously."
culture wars,' the result will be confrontation with an unsettling claim — reality, grief and hope are the elemental truths that belong to the identity and life of the church."<BR /><BR /><B><I>Theology</I></B><BR /> "Respected and popular Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann has described theological crises in Ancient Israel and contemporary society, identifying three prophetic tasks pertinent for both. . . . Many commentators on this book have praised Brueggemann's exegetical analysis, honesty, straightforwardness, boldness and deft application of ancient prophetic responses to contemporary Church and society. But it's hard to move from this praise of Brueggemann's work to the bold prophetic action for which the book calls. We have a tendency to domesticate our prophets, making their messages palatable. Are we, with all our praise and admiration, ready to accept these prophetic tasks and the rejection ofempire' that accompanies them?"