By Walter Brueggemann
Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, historical Israel gave witness to its stumble upon with a profound and uncontrollable fact skilled via dating. This publication, drawn from the center of top-rated outdated testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the previous testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the middle message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as attractive 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, production, and the man or woman - within the divine goal. This quantity provides Brueggemann at his most tasty, delivering profound insights adapted particularly for the start scholar of the Hebrew Bible
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God—Biblical teaching. 2. Bible. —Criticism, interpretation, etc. I. Title. 7’6—dc22 2009011355 For Tia Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PREFACE ABBREVIATIONS 1. YHWH as Dialogical Character YHWH as Active Agent “Common Theology” Transposed Jewish Probes of the Dialogical God in Pathos The Speech of Dialogical Fidelity Regulation via Imagination 2. Israel as YHWH’s Partner YHWH’s Originary Love for Israel Israel’s Covenantal Obligation Israel Recalcitrant and Scattered YHWH’s Fresh Turn toward Israel Israel Regathered in Obedience Israel’s Narrative Life in Four Texts Israel and, Belatedly, the Church 3.
33 Praise is the exuberant abandonment of self and the glad ceding of self over to the one addressed in praise. 34 It is clear that such doxological utterance is designed to enhance and magnify YHWH at the expense of other gods; it is also clear that such utterance, offered in unqualified loyalty, is a performative act whereby the rule of God is enacted and embraced. The response to YHWH in such praise runs all the way from stately enthronement psalms (Psalms 96–99) to the pastoral mood of Psalm 103 that concerns YHWH’s reliable readiness to forgive (vv.
I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.