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 This e-book, drawn from the guts of most desirable outdated testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the previous testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the middle message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as enticing 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, production, and the person - within the divine goal. This quantity offers Brueggemann at his most attractive, providing profound insights adapted particularly for the start scholar of the Hebrew Bible
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This direction is as ancient as Gnosticism and, in contemporary thought, can readily drift toward New Age religion. In the opposite direction, that of much classical Christian theology (of a scholastic bent or of a popular understanding of classical theology), “God” can be understood in terms of quite settled categories that are, for the most part, inimical to the biblical tradition. The casting of the classical tradition in a more scholastic category is primarily informed by the Unmoved Mover of Hellenistic thought and affirms, as the catechisms reflect, a God who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, a Being completely apart from and unaffected by the reality of the world.
No third party can, but the One can. The commandment to love can only proceed from the mouth of the lover. —and he really does so. 20 The commanding imperative of God is the voice of “I”: “God’s ‘I’ remains the keyword, traversing revelation like a single sustained organ note; it resists any translation into ‘he’; it is an ‘I’ and an ‘I’ it must remain. ’ ”21 Rosenzweig understands the entire drama of the dialogue with the focus upon the reception of divine command. ” Thus the dialogue is undertaken, while the “Thou” of God retains the initiative: “But here it really must do so.
The Drama of Partnership with YHWH Recurring Pattern in the Partners Israel’s Articulation of YHWH Materials for a Metanarrative NOTES SCRIPTURE INDEX AUTHOR INDEX Acknowledgments I am glad to express my thanks to Neil Elliott at Fortress Press for initiating this project of a revision of my work, and for his patience in bringing the project to fruition. It is appropriate that I dedicate this book on “partnership” to Tia Foley. She has been my partner in the completion and publication of a number of my books over a period of seven years.
An unsettling God : the heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann