This is an interesting read on what the Hebrew scripture could teach us concerning biblical/theological formation. He uses the tripartite division of the old testament - Torah-Prophets-Writings (Jer 18:18)- as a basic framework for his reflection. He points out that historically this is the order by which the OT scripture was canonised and that this canonical process could shed light on the educational journey of Israel as she moves from a period of certitude (Torah) to a time of disruption by 'new truths' (Prophets) to a time of settling down with the mundane and the mystery (Writings).
This sheds light on the church's appropriation, transmission and growing with the scriptures. How to be faithful in handing down the living tradition without fossilizing it. Brueggemann thus helps us with living out the Word of God faithfully and expectantly for God's words to be spoken afresh and embraced in each generation. The final chaper 'obedience as a mode of knowledge' draws the three strands of God's ethos, pathos and logos into a common mode of discourse: dialogue. Ala Martin Buber's 'I-Thou' conception of true knowledge, Brueggeman shows from the Psalms how Israel's mode of knowing is essentially a dialogic one. Once again, this astute professor has a way of opening up the bible in a fresh and surprising way to any reader who is willing to be taken in wonder by the Word of God.