Brueggemann's Introduction to Old Testament Theology, which is part of the Libray of Biblical Theology, aims to present the YHWH theology in the context of ancient Near East culture whilst enabling the contemporary listening community to sense the relevance of covenant and hope in an ongoing and engaging dialogue with the unique God of the Bible. Written during the most recent Iraqi War invasion by coalition troops, Brueggemann portrays the scandalous grace and love of YHWH for his chosen people Israel and all nations and peoples who are the result of his covenant promises and creation. Brueggemann expertly and refreshingly outlines key theological themes that are threaded through the Old Testament text. Starting with the Exodus narratives of the enslaved Israelites' cry to the calling of Moses and then the miraculous calling of the Israelite people out of Egypt and into covenant at Mount Sinai; Brueggemann's use of the narrative describes YHWH's purposeful entry based on his unique holiness, without parallel, interrelating with the life and community of Israel and the world. YHWH's self-disclosure is without antecedent or explanation, without parallel with anything else in the ancient Near East according to Brueggemann. The prime motivation is based upon concern for Israel and creation. Therefore, Brueggemann states, human history is not determined by human plans but by divine intervention; evidenced by `wonders' in the Exodus narrative. As with the `cry' of despair of the Israelites, the response is intended to bring liberation and newness by a sovereign God who is for Israel, the world, freedom and justice.
Walter Brueggemann has great insights into the "Old Testament", and I learned a lot from him. My only criticism would be that like many Christian theologians he could make an effort to be more learned in the long tradition of Jewish commentary. Worth reading by anyone who loves the Tanakh all the same.