• Title: An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • ISBN: 9780664224127
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament The Canon and Christian Imagination In this book Walter Brueggemann America s premier biblical theologian introduces the reader to the broad theological scope and chronological sweep of the Old Testament He covers every book of the Ol
    In this book Walter Brueggemann, America s premier biblical theologian, introduces the reader to the broad theological scope and chronological sweep of the Old Testament He covers every book of the Old Testament in the order in which it appears in the Hebrew Bible and treats the most important issues and methods in contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament literarIn this book Walter Brueggemann, America s premier biblical theologian, introduces the reader to the broad theological scope and chronological sweep of the Old Testament He covers every book of the Old Testament in the order in which it appears in the Hebrew Bible and treats the most important issues and methods in contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament literary, historical, and theological.

    One Reply to “An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination”

    1. This was my first sustained, scholarly reading in canonical studies. Prior to this, my primary exposure was to source criticism with its emphasis on the historical context of the text of the Old Testament. Typical of Walter Brueggemann, this overview was thorough, thought provoking, steeped in extensive scholarship and well worth the investment of time and brain cells. I know I have only retained a fraction of the material presented. A re-read is in order as well as additional reading in this fi [...]

    2. This text is an excellent text, although Walter Brueggeman does have the left leaning bias. Also, there is a bias towards the protestant interpretation of the Jewish texts, as opposed to a Semitic understanding of the material. With this in mind, the material is well laid out and highly recommended.

    3. I return to this pretty regularly to help find a trajectory for teaching the "Old Testament." Some of the overviews are more extensive than others but on the whole Brueggemann's knowledge and insights are great foundations for wise teaching. (I'm borrowing here on Mark Labberton's definition of Wisdom "the Character of God, In action, in context."

    4. Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. Brueggemann has authored over a hundred books and several scholarly peer-reviewed articles. Co-author Tod Linafelt is a former student of Brueggemann at Columbia and is currently Professor of Biblical Literature in the Theology Department of Georgetown University and the author and co-author of a number of books and articles. Together, Brueggeman and Linafelt have revised and [...]

    5. A famous author, I believe it was Tolkien but I might be wrong, once happened to read what a certain literary critic had to say about one of his books. His response was something along the line of, "Wow, there a lot in there. I had no idea I was so smart." Sometimes we try a bit too hard to read into the text far more than was intended or even healthy. This thought came to me more than once while reading Brueggmenn's imaginative Introduction to the Old Testament.Let's do a brief thought assessme [...]

    6. I'm not a huge fan of this author right out of the gate, but it's a required reading for class, so I'm taking this with a huge grain of salt. Know that this writer gives no credit to God for the authority or inspiration of the Old Testament at all, but rather choses to interpret the text as written down by people, for people, in order to inform people about their collective culture and constructed history. A quote, to help prove my point:"While the canon eventually received something like an off [...]

    7. OMG, this book is deadly dull - why use a single word when 5 will do the job and make the work that much more annoyingly difficult to follow? What might have otherwise been an interesting topic was totally lost in this overly high toned academic rendering. Talk about falling asleep over your studying - I've read phone books that were more informative and entertaining. Thankfully I have covered this information many times before so the ponderous weight of this text book was less of an issue for m [...]

    8. Had to skim through this because it is a library book. I'm not sure if I'm "supposed" to agree with Brueggemann, but I find his approach of a Spirit-filled writer of Scripture meeting a Spirit-filled reader to be fascinating.

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