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Like Fire in the Bones

Walter Brueggemann
Like Fire in the Bones
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Like Fire in the Bones

Walter Brueggemann

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"No scholar of this generation has had a greater fire in his bones for communicating the word of God than Walter Brueggemann. These essays on Jeremiah exemplify his insistence that criticism should lead to interpretation, and remind us again why prophets like Jeremiah still matter in the 21st century."
John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale

"Like Fire in the Bones is a gift to the churches and to anyone interested in prophetic literature with its harsh rhetoric, blazing visions, and demanding yet merciful God. Jeremiah may have had fire in his bones, but Brueggemann sets fires with his pen. He shows how Jeremiah speaks into the abyss of historical catastrophe with speech that matches experience. He underlines the disputatious political character of theological speech. He reiterates Jeremiah's call to covenant loyalty even in the face of religious and government forces that suppress and silence words of life. He illuminates Jeremiah's bare-boned hope for a world in the thrall of empire and social amnesia. If ever there was need for imaginative rereading of Jeremiah and of the texts of common life, it is now. At this, Brueggemann is a master."
Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Jeremiah, the longest book in the Bible, is neglected much too often by preacher and teacher alike. That neglect is due, in significant part, to the prophet's often-sharp words that strike too close to home, in his own generation and in ours. It is telling that the prophet Jeremiah, the focus of these essays that span much of Walter Brueggemann's prophetic ministry, has been in his head and heart for such a long time. Again and again, Brueggemann's own words have mirrored Jeremiah to us, and the times in which we presently live could profit from hearing them again."
Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

- Publisher These landmark essays on the prophet Jeremiah allow us to hear the prophet's voice as an urgent message in our own day. The contents include: Listening for the Prophetic Word Jeremiah: Portrait of the Prophet The Book of Jeremiah: Meditation upon the Abyss Recent Scholarship: Intense Criticism, Thin Interpretation Jeremiah's Use of Rhetorical Questions An Ending That Does Not End Theology in Jeremiah: Creatio in extremis Next Steps in Jeremiah Studies Hearing the Word in Exile The Prophetic Word of God and History A Second Reading of Jeremiah after the Dismantling A Shattered Transcendence: Exile and Restoration A "Characteristic" Reflection on What Comes Next Haunting Book--Haunted People Carrying Forward the Prophetic Task Prophetic Ministry A World Available for Peace God's Relentless "If" When Jerusalem Gloats over Shiloh Why Prophets Won't Leave Well Enough Alone.

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"No scholar of this generation has had a greater fire in his bones for communicating the word of God than Walter Brueggemann. These essays on Jeremiah exemplify his insistence that criticism should lead to interpretation, and remind us again why prophets like Jeremiah still matter in the 21st century."
John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale

"Like Fire in the Bones is a gift to the churches and to anyone interested in prophetic literature with its harsh rhetoric, blazing visions, and demanding yet merciful God. Jeremiah may have had fire in his bones, but Brueggemann sets fires with his pen. He shows how Jeremiah speaks into the abyss of historical catastrophe with speech that matches experience. He underlines the disputatious political character of theological speech. He reiterates Jeremiah's call to covenant loyalty even in the face of religious and government forces that suppress and silence words of life. He illuminates Jeremiah's bare-boned hope for a world in the thrall of empire and social amnesia. If ever there was need for imaginative rereading of Jeremiah and of the texts of common life, it is now. At this, Brueggemann is a master."
Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Jeremiah, the longest book in the Bible, is neglected much too often by preacher and teacher alike. That neglect is due, in significant part, to the prophet's often-sharp words that strike too close to home, in his own generation and in ours. It is telling that the prophet Jeremiah, the focus of these essays that span much of Walter Brueggemann's prophetic ministry, has been in his head and heart for such a long time. Again and again, Brueggemann's own words have mirrored Jeremiah to us, and the times in which we presently live could profit from hearing them again."
Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

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These landmark essays on the prophet Jeremiah allow us to hear the prophet's voice as an urgent message in our own day. The contents include: Listening for the Prophetic Word Jeremiah: Portrait of the Prophet The Book of Jeremiah: Meditation upon the Abyss Recent Scholarship: Intense Criticism, Thin Interpretation Jeremiah's Use of Rhetorical Questions An Ending That Does Not End Theology in Jeremiah: Creatio in extremis Next Steps in Jeremiah Studies Hearing the Word in Exile The Prophetic Word of God and History A Second Reading of Jeremiah after the Dismantling A Shattered Transcendence: Exile and Restoration A "Characteristic" Reflection on What Comes Next Haunting Book--Haunted People Carrying Forward the Prophetic Task Prophetic Ministry A World Available for Peace God's Relentless "If" When Jerusalem Gloats over Shiloh Why Prophets Won't Leave Well Enough Alone.
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Meet the Author

Walter Brueggemann

Dr. Walter Brueggemann (Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York:; Ph.D., St. Louis University) is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA .

His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a foundational work in the field. The Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book at a dinner in Brueggemann's honor, for the award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World.

His recent publications include Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah, Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah, and The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship.

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  • Catalogue Code 262880
  • Product Code 9780800635619
  • ISBN 0800635612
  • EAN 9780800635619
  • Pages 255
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2006
  • Dimensions 238 x 160 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.518kg

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