By Walter Brueggemann
Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, old Israel gave witness to its come across with a profound and uncontrollable fact skilled via courting. This booklet, drawn from the guts of optimal previous testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the center message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as attractive 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, construction, and the person - within the divine objective. This quantity offers Brueggemann at his most tasty, providing profound insights adapted particularly for the start pupil of the Hebrew Bible
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What counts is the performance. 44 Regulation via Imagination What we have in the biblical text is a human document, a product of daring, evocative human imagination. But serious readers of this text of human imagination regularly are recruited, in the process of being addressed, to the conviction that what is surely daring artistic human imagination is, at the same time, an act of divine revelation. ” What is revealed here is a Holy One who is undomesticatedly available for dialogic transaction; and because of dialogical transaction, what is revealed here, as well, is mature personhood that is commensurate with the undomesticated fidelity of the Holy One: “until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Eph 4:13); “It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Col 1:28).
43 Mutatis mutandis, it is clear that these recurring patterns of divine speech serve well the Friday-Sunday form of the Christian mystery, for the speech of judgment is about the abandonment of Friday and the promise is about the inexplicable wonder of Sunday. While the actual dialogic practice of YHWH and YHWH’s partner is more complex than this might suggest, this identification of four speech practices suggests a notable symmetry between the partners about the relationship: • Praise is Israel’s appropriate utterance toward the God who makes promises.
1. There is no doubt that God’s first partner is Israel as the chosen people of God. Israel emerges in the text through God’s call to Abraham (Gen 12:1–2), through the emancipation of the slaves from Egypt (Exod. 15:1–18), and through the covenant made at Sinai so that this people will be a “priestly kingdom” among the nations (Exod. 19:6). There is no doubt that Israel as God’s chosen people is a complex and difficult claim on many counts. ” Second, the idea of Israel’s chosenness is a complicated issue for the Christian tradition, for the claim of Christ’s ultimacy lives in some tension with the claim of Israel.
An unsettling God : the heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann