The Practice of Prophetic Imagination

The Practice of Prophetic Imagination

The Practice of Prophetic Imagination

The necessary context of prophetic preaching, Walter Brueggemann argues, is "a contestation between narratives" the dominant narrative of our time, which promoting self-sufficiency at the national level (through militarism) and the personal (through consumerism), and the countervailing narrative of a world claimed by a God who is gracious, uncompromising--and real. In previous work Brueggemann has pointed us again and again to the indispensability of imagination. Here he writes for those who bear responsibility for regular proclamation in communities of faith, describing the discipline of a prophetic imagination that is unflinchingly realistic and unwaveringly candid.

Prophetic Imagination

Prophetic Imagination

Prophetic Imagination

In this challenging and enlightening treatment, Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Here he traces the broad sweep from Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus. He highlights that the prophetic vision and not only embraces the pain of the people but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing. In this new edition, Brueggemann has completely revised the text, updated the notes, and added a new preface.

The Prophetic Imagination

The Prophetic Imagination

The Prophetic Imagination

A classic text in biblical theology--still relevant for today and tomorrow. In this 40th anniversary edition of the classic text from one of the most influential biblical scholars of our time, Walter Brueggemann, offers a theological and ethical reading of the Hebrew Bible. He finds there a vision for the community of God whose words and practices of lament, protest and complain give rise to an alternative social order that opposes the "totalism" of the day. Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Linking Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus, he argues that the prophetic vision not only embraces the pain of the people, but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing. This edition builds off the revised and updated 2001 edition and includes a new afterword by Brueggemann and a new foreword by Davis Hankins.

Prophets in the Pews

Prophets in the Pews

Prophets in the Pews


Reality Grief Hope

Reality  Grief  Hope

Reality Grief Hope

Pointing out striking correlations between the catastrophe of 9/11 and the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, Brueggemann shows how the prophetic biblical response to that crisis was truth-telling in the face of ideology, grief in the face of denial, and hope in the face of despair. He argues that the same prophetic responses are urgently required from us now if we are to escape the deathliness of denial and despair. --from publisher description

Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Prophetic Imagination

Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Prophetic Imagination

Hans Nielsen Hauge and the Prophetic Imagination

The Norwegian lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824) has been described as a prophet who brought religious, social, economic and political change to nineteenth-century Norway. This thesis examines Hauge's first four texts as prophecy using the paradigm 'prophetic imagination' as an analytical model to provide a comprehensive explanation as to how his speech acted to 'evoke consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture' by means of the cooperative action of 'prophetic criticism' and 'prophetic energising' (Brueggemann 2001:13). A formal analysis of Hauge's texts identified idiosyncratic 'framing devices' which act to indicate the presence of prophetic speech at both the general and the specific level. These devices, particularly the prophetic call narratives, were also found to act to legitimate Hauge's prophetic speech. Formal elements of prophetic speech were identified in Hauge's specific prophetic utterances, enabling these to be classified as forms of two major prophetic genres: announcements of judgement (criticising) or announcements of salvation (energising). Apocalyptic, the third major prophetic genre, was identified as playing a greater role in Hauge's early texts than has been previously acknowledged. An analysis of Hauge's apocalyptic thought indicated that his prophetic task was motivated by basic beliefs rooted in this idiosyncratic worldview. The supplementation of Brueggemann's paradigm with Wright's worldview schema permitted the scrutiny of Hauge's use of prophetic narrative against this apocalyptic backdrop (Wright 2001). This subsequently permitted the identification of the symbols which were dismantled by Hauge's prophetic criticism - the personnel, practice and place of institutional religion, and the symbols which were transformed or generated by his prophetic energising - 'true shepherds', 'priests and kings', and membership of 'a prophethood of all believers'. The adoption of these symbols explains the self-confidence expressed by Hauge's followers and their subsequent involvement in all areas of public life.

Communicative theology

Communicative theology

Communicative theology

Die zahlreichen Publikationen zur Kommunikativen Theologie in den letzten Jahren haben unterschiedliche Reaktionen ausgelost. Dieses Buch greift diese auf, bringt kritisch-konstruktive Anfragen und zeigt Weiterfuhrungen auf. *** During the last few years numerous communicative-theological publications have triggered off different reactions. This book picks up these reactions and answers them by introducing critical-constructive contributions and by suggesting further developments.

Voicing the Vision

Voicing the Vision

Voicing the Vision

For more than a decade, popular homiletics professor Linda Clader has been helping her students become attentive to how the Holy Spirit is speaking to them, and eventually through them to the congregation. In "Voicing the Vision" she shares her ideas about what preachers can do to be open and receptive to the Spirit once the exegesis is done. Clader's approach to inspired and prophetic preaching is a holistic one, filled with suggestions about how the preacher's spiritual life and practice affect openness to the Spirit, as well as how various creative exercises can create spaces in which the Spirit can flourish. Her careful analysis of the biblical texts that illuminate how the Spirit works in those texts is supplemented by practical suggestions for noticing how the Spirit also works in the everyday life of preacher and congregation. This book will be a welcome companion for the seminarian who is just learning to preach, as well as the seasoned preacher who is looking for new inspiration.

Disruptive Grace

Disruptive Grace

Disruptive Grace

Walter Brueggemann has been one of the leading voices in Hebrew Bible interpretation for decades. His landmark works in Old Testament theology have inspired and informed a generation of students, scholars, and preachers. These chapters gather his recent addresses and essays, never published before, drawn from all three parts of the Hebrew Bible—Torah, prophets, and writings—and addressing the role of the Hebrew canon in the life of the church. Brueggemann turns his critical erudition to those practices—prophecy, lament, prayer, faithful imagination, and a holy economics—that alone may usher in a humane and peaceful future for our cities and our world, in defiance of the most ruthless aspects of capitalism, the arrogance of militarism, and the disciplines of the national security state.