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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800698975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800698973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Walter Brueggemann's early work on prophecy and imagination has become foundational for a whole generation of preachers and scholars, including me. Here he returns to perhaps the most characteristic of all his myriad ventures, with unaltered vigor and razor-sharp edge. Prophets are not just provocateurs: they are those who profoundly love their people, deeply know their tradition, and can't but speak of what they both love and know. Brueggemann both loves and knows. That's what makes him a prophet. Would that we were more like him. Reading this book is a healthy first step." --Sam Wells, Duke University

About the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books including, from Fortress Press, The Prophetic Imagination, rev. ed. (2001); The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word (2007); and Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah (2006).

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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John P. Ross on June 5, 2013
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Brueggeman, helps all who are concerned with more effective, justice seeking ministry to understand the lessons the prophets gave us. By looking at the words of Amos and Hosea the reader can gather an appreciation for lament and grief, for it was in that moment that praise and change could take place. Above anything else Brueggeman uses the theology of lament to help us understand that if we don't provide a safe space in the church to grieve and be broken then we are selling the same bologna the world is selling. His book is not against the world but more the consumer driving narrative of the dominant culture and if we can address that with a counter narrative then we can be a more relative resource in the empowerment and justice of our communities in the church and out. Excellent book!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Bauer on May 15, 2013
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Brueggemann once again challenges my thinking and introduces me to the contrast between the dominating narrative of our culture in constrast to the narrative of the prophetic imagination in which God is moving toward truth and meaning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alphamanchris on September 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an awesome read! I highly recommend it to all preacher theologians striving to give a prophetic word challenging and inspiring.
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A liberating view of using poetic imagination as a tool to understand a way biblical prophets and even modern preachers communicate the truth of God's Presence in the world of the past and the world of today. A great help to those who fail to understand the Bible because they can't understand it as "facts" in light of contemporary knowledge. Communicating Truth is different from trying to make images of grace fit into "facts" satisfactory to the modern mind.
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