The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
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So Walter Brueggemann begins this bold set of reflections on the preaching task, a task at once foolish and dangerous in a world where the rulers of this age keep a close eye on any proclamation that may disturb present arrangements. His tone in turn is passionate, intimate, critical, and wise. Brueggemann's perspective on preaching is always shaped first and foremost by the militant word of Scripture, especially as spoken through the prophets. Brueggemann understands the biblical texts to redescribe the world as God's world. It follows that when preaching is truly biblical, it will be subversive preaching. Brueggemann is unsparing in his critique of the sort of preaching that is but an echo of prevailing culture, content to live within the limits of the status quo. Yet he is also endlessly hopeful that the church may remain a place- perhaps the last place in town -where a different understanding of reality can still find a voice. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Walter Brueggemann is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus in the William Marcellus McPheeters chair at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is prolific author whose award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 2002) has quickly become a classic work in the field. He has published many other books with Fortress Press.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: At Risk with the Textp. 1
Preaching as Reimaginationp. 21
The Preacher, the Text, and the Peoplep. 35
Ancient Utterance and Contemporary Hearingp. 46
An Imaginative ˘Or÷p. 56
That the World May Be Redescribedp. 74
The Social Nature of the Biblical Text for Preachingp. 84
The Shrill Voice of the Wounded Partyp. 103
Life or Death: De-Privileged Communicationp. 122
Preaching to Exilesp. 132
Preaching a Sub-Versionp. 147
Truth-Telling as Subversive Obediencep. 167
Notesp. 177
Index of Passagesp. 204
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 207
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