Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration: Echoes of Brueggemann in a New Generation
While clearly resonating with Brueggemann’s work, these essays also take his influence in new directions, from deeper engagement with rabbinic interpretation to the incorporation of new theoretical perspectives from Lacan to Žižek to Deleuze and Guattari.
By any account, Walter Brueggemann stands as one of the foremost interpreters of the Hebrew Bible of the past half-century. Yet the question remains of what his influence will be on the next generation of biblical scholars, who have learned from Brueggemann and taken his work in new and often surprising directions. This volume engages that question by presenting the work of fourteen of Brueggemann’s former students at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia) who are now biblical scholars in their own right, asking how his influence has been received and transformed by them.
Essays in this volume present imaginative new readings of well-known texts, from the crisis of God in Genesis 22 to God’s birthing body in Job 38. They engage the ideology of the text, discovering the voice of a female prophet in the book of Isaiah, a Job in drag, and a feminist Qohelet. They grapple with the implications of the text for contemporary life, from reading Lamentations after Hiroshima to considering how the production of Bibles is an act of ideological control. While clearly resonating with Brueggemann’s work, these essays also take his influence in new directions, from deeper engagement with rabbinic interpretation to the incorporation of new theoretical perspectives from Lacan to Žižek to Deleuze and Guattari.
An introduction by Brent Strawn considers Brueggemann’s influence in the field more generally, while a response from Carolyn Sharp offers soundings for a new generation of scholars.
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Jonathan Kaplan and Robert Williamson, Jr Introduction Brent A. Strawn On Walter Brueggemann: (A Personal) Testimony, (Three) Dispute(s), (and on) Advocacy I. IMAGINATION Robert Williamson, Jr God in Crisis: A Re-Reading of Genesis 22 Nathan Lane Yhwh’s Gracious and Compassionate Reign: Exodus 34.6-7 and the Psalter Timothy Beal and Tod Linafelt This Particular Manifestation of Holiness: Rhetorical-Theological Imagination in 1 Samuel 16 Amy Erickson Begetting Dew and Birthing Ice: God’s Body in Job 38.28-30 II. IDEOLOGY Nancy C. Lee Listening for Hannevi’a in First Isaiah: Prophetic Imagination by a Women’s Lyrical Tradition David Knauert and Davis Hankins Desire and Ideology in Wisdom’s Inaugural Address: Proverbs 1.22-33 Davis Hankins Woman and the Plasticity of Wisdom: Reconsidering Wisdom Literature and Feminism Mark Gray Isaiah 59 as a Farewell to Arms: Intertextuality and Pastoral Theology in an Age of Empire Jonathan Kaplan Imperial Domination and Israel’s Renown: ‘The Four Empires’ in Mekilta deRabbi Ishmael III. INSPIRATION Scott Ellington Finding a Place in the Story: Exploring a Testimony-Based Hermeneutics in a Pentecostal Context Meda A.A. Stamper ‘The Bad Things Shout Louder’: Mark, Brueggemann, and the Life of Faith Tom Sakon Reading Lamentations after Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tōhoku David Dault The Domestication of Theological Imagination: The Role of Bible Production in the Ideological Control of Reading IV. RESPONSES Carolyn J. Sharp Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration: Soundings for a New Generation Walter Brueggemann A Response
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