In this timely volume, respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by Americas efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction.
Such a concept may seem overwhelming, but writing with his usual theological acumen and social awareness Brueggemann distills this challenge to its most basic issues: Where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times?
The answer, of course, is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: Love your neighbor and work for the common good. Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation commentary series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.
Renowned scholar Walter Brueggemarm mines Old Testament biblical narratives for interpretations applicable to contemporary capitalistic states and presents a counter narrative: trusting in Gods abundance and obeying Gods economic command?¼ments frees people to be good neighbors. He offers thought-provoking comparisons between the temple of Jerusalems destruction in 587 BCE and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, suggesting a double-read in which biblical and contemporary narratives of loss, grief, and hope can inform each other.
- Publishers Weekly