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God in the Fray: A Tribute to Walter Brueggemann

God in the Fray: A Tribute to Walter Brueggemann

by Timothy Beal, Tod Linafelt


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This volume engages the work of Walter Brueggemann, most of which has been published by Fortress Press. The volume centers on the character of God in the text of the Old Testament as a site of theological tension and even ambivalence. Biblical faith never experiences God as entirely above the fray but rather as entangled in history, astonishingly transformative, and impinged upon by the voices of the suffering. Brueggemann's monumental Theology of the Old Testament addresses this fact with great theological insight and rigor, and the internationally renowned biblical scholars writing here engage and extend his insights into the "unsettled Character . . . at the center of the text."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800630904
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Timothy K. Beal is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Eckerd College and author of The Book of Hiding.Tod Linafelt is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In the Fray and at Risk

Timothy K. Beal and Tod Linafelt

Part One: Engaging Brueggemann's Theology

1. Rhetorical, Historical and Ontological Counterpoints in Doing Old Testament Theology (Norman K. Gottwald)

2. Some Reflections on Brueggemann's God (Terence E. Freitheim)

3. Confronting the Character of God (David R. Blementhal)

Part Two: God in the Torah

4. Was Everything That God Created Really Good? (James Barr)

5. Genocide's Lament: Moses, Pharaoh's Daughter, and the Former Yugoslavia (Nancy Lee)

6. The Sojourner Has Come to Play the Judge: Theodicy on Trial (James L. Crenshaw)

7. God's Commandment (Dale Patrick)

8. "God Is Not a Human That He Should Repent" (R. W. L. Moberly)

Part Three: God in the Prophets

9. colonialism and the Vagaries of Scripture (David M. Gunn)

10. "Who Is Blind But My Servant?" How Then Shall We Read Isaiah? (Ronald E. clements)

11. The Metaphor of the Rock in Biblical Theology (Samuel Terrien)

12. The Tears of God and Divine Character in Jeremiah 2-9 (Kathleen M. O'Connor)

13. Alas for the Day! The "Day of the Lord" in the Book of the Twelve (Rolf Rendtorff)

Part Four: God in the Writings

14. Prayer and Divine Action (Patrick D. Miller)

15. The Complaint against God (Claus Westermann)

16. Quarter Days Gone: Job 24 and the Absence of God (David J. A. Clines)

17. "What Are Human Beings, That You Make So Much of Them?" (Samuel E. Balentine)

18. Divine Incongruitites in the Book of Jonah (Phyllis Trible)

19. The Impossibility of Mourning: Lamentations after the Holocaust (Tod Linafelt)

20. Chasosmopolis:

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