A remarkably lucid and beautifully written book that is a statement of how the biblical judeo- Christian narrative and paradigm clashes with the secular narrative. Not that Mr Brueggemann uses the word secular. His broad and in depth grasp of the Jewish Bible is nothing short of phenomenal. It is nothing short of a fabulous read stimulating thought and faith. Top book.
An excellent exposition of the teaching of the Old Testament prophets alongside suggestions on how best preachers today can likewise be prophetic and inspirational when attempting to proclaim the Gospel in the context of a changing and challenging world. An essential book for preachers today!
Wonderful book by the brilliant theologian Walter Brueggeman. He creates a new place in which practitioners can imagine and learn and liberate their listeners. In my view Walter Brueggeman is one of the greatest theological writers of our time.
Fewer things are more tiresome than "prophetic preaching" as it is commonly practiced. The result is an ideologically driven sermon that rarely moves listeners into new understanding or more faithful practice. More often than not they are left guilty. Brueggemann offers us more here about the wrestle between narratives, imagination & engagement: delivered with unflinchingly realism and unwaveringly truth.
The balance of ancient and modern is held in tension throughout, and the common task is noted: that the prophet helps move society out of what was and into what is, while re-enforcing both the presence and event of God's speaking voice. Brueggemann offers us an invitation to take up the prophetic mantle, but also recognizes the difficulty of doing so. The prophetic word is not about prediction or scolding people, rather it is confronting the dominant narrative with the narrative of Yahweh. The sense of the whole book is very promising and truly beats with hope, if at times obtuse! Brilliant and provocative!