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Texts That Linger, Words That Explode: Listening To Prophetic Voices Paperback – 24 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; 1st edition (24 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800632311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800632311
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 11.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
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These papers may appear disjointed, but on reading within the setting of the book each steadily builds upon the first chapter that I would say provides the basis for much that follows; it is this chapter that provides the title for the book. This series of papers brings together some brilliantly honest scholarship that deals rigorously with the texts of the prophets. Old Testament scholarship for many may be daunting, but what is offered here is more than that. This work adds to or even builds on other works relating to the prophets, such as The Prophetic Imagination, Hopeful Imagination and Finally Comes the Poet. Here is not only biblical- theological insight, but also taking in thought from Luther, Marx to many contemporary matters. These prophetic texts are therefore seen in their historical setting and relevance, but further, they afford us fresh depths of insight gained from some strong readings from a variety of hermeneutical facets. The results in my view cause these texts to be grappled with relevance to the present context, reminding us that more than dusty, yellowing texts; the words actually do explode on whatever the contemporary scene. These are texts that have lingered in our Bibles for long enough, buried in ignorance perhaps or covered in self indulgent 'orthodoxy'. This is meaty stuff in bits and you'll need a pencil as you go, but its well worth lingering on these texts. This is not palatable material per se, but draws you up as a forceful reminder of what a spirituality of resistance has looked like and an aid to listen for the prophetic voice of the text, directing to a God, who alone, gives identity and practices that moved Israel and so the Church to the place and point of newness and freedom.Read more ›
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Great interpretation of Biblical text can be dangerious! 22 Jan. 2001
By fdoamerica - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Walter Brueggemann is the Albert Einstein of Old Testament Theology. As Einstein could look deep into the expanse of space and extrapolate insight and meaning so too does Brueggemann peer at the biblical text of the Old Testament prophets and give us social, political and spiritual insight. "Text that Linger, Words that Explode" is the second in a trilogy of academic and ecclesiastical essays ("Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope" and "The Covenanted Self").
Great interpretation of Biblical prophetic text can be dangerous and subversive to the existing status quo of society. That is why great interpretation of Biblical prophetic text is so rare today; as in the word's of many church leaders and the contemporary Jamaican prophet, Bob Marley, "don't rock'a my boat." Brueggemann has never quailed when speaking or writing, nor does he with these ancient texts. He finds power in the reading of the prophetic writings and brings us a contemporary application that will cause many readers to revive their image of God and reconsider their place in His world.
Make no mistake, this is not a spiritual feel good book, rather it is solid Biblical hermeneutics. In "Text that Linger, Words that Explode," Dr. Walter Brueggemann expounds on various scriptural text, mainly from the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Though every chapter has value, they will be uneven in interest according to your focus. If you are an Old Testament student or scholar then his promulgation regarding canon, authorship and historical context will appeal to you. If you are a teacher, a preacher or a lay person interested in studying the Old Testament prophets, then certain chapters will give you wonderful new insight more than other. Regardless, both Isaiah and Jeremiah and their exposés of the people of Judaism are given new life by Dr. Brueggemann. Recommended
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Great Help for Homilies and Sermons 13 Aug. 2003
By Michele Husted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent read for anyone who is interested in Old Testament scripture. More than just interpreting and expanding, in these essays, Brueggemann brings certain passages into modern day use without violating the original context of the passage.
He demonstrates how the texts were used in recent times to support social justice issues. His clear understanding not only of the original biblical text but also of the modern day issues provide an excellent case study for anyone who fears that Old Testament prophetic writing is no longer "relevant".
I would recommend this not only for teachers and preachers, but for anyone who is strongly involved in social justice. It is not only educational and enlightening...it is inspiring.
texts that linger, words that explode... 1 Sept. 2013
By Leah Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the first book of this 3-book series of collected lectures, The Covenanted Self, Walter Brueggemann discussed creation in covenant with Creator―especially regarding the life-giving words of the Ten Commandments of the Sinai Covenant and their later interpretation by Jesus of Nazareth as the Great Commandment to love God, Neighbor, and self. In Texts that Linger, Words that Explode, the second group of considerations of (mostly) texts from the Hebrew scriptures, the author emphasizes prophetic words, warnings, and promises from the Hebrew bible, relates them to the "fully-texted" [page 8] community of the New Testament, and insists upon the ongoing necessity of obedient, covenantal life in our own commodity-saturated context.

It's a logical continuation to contemplate dangers and outcomes of not following the Spirit of the Sinai Covenant, of not living justly with one another and with all creation, of not making God and neighbor a priority, of succumbing to temptations of fear, anxiety, and those still-present spurious allurements of consumerism and bling. As he almost always does, Walter Brueggemann reminds us the baptized, gospeled, "fully texted" community in which we gather around word and sacrament is the foundation of our own lives in resistance to death-dealing temptations, in embrace of resurrection-risking obedience. It's impossible to highlight and cite the 80% - 90% of everything in this series I found important, so I trust you'll consider reading these books for yourself. Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope, is the third and last book of the series.
Be prepared to be challenged! 26 Feb. 2015
By J. Seay - Published on Amazon.com
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Like all of Dr. Walter Brueggemann's books... be prepared to be challenged. Outstanding insight and illumination!
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