The Centre and the Periphery: A European Tribute to Walter Brueggemann
In this valuable volume, 13 scholars from Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany pay tribute to Walter Brueggemann’s outstanding contribution to Old Testament studies, notably his Theology of the Old Testament (1997).
In this valuable volume, 13 scholars from Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany pay tribute to Walter Brueggemann’s outstanding contribution to Old Testament studies, notably his Theology of the Old Testament (1997). His own setting is the USA, and it is not generally recognized how far-reaching his influence has been. This volume aims to demonstrate that many scholars in diverse locations have been stimulated by the sweep of his energetic criticism.
Brueggemann himself often speaks of Old Testament scholarship in terms of centre and margin, meaning thereby the dominant historical-critical mode of research as against the new types of analysis that have come into being in the last decades. He constantly has recourse also to the Hebrew Bible’s own tension between a mainstream centre with its testimony to Yahweh’s power, providence and justice and a margin according to which the deity is called to account for failures in divine governance.
The essays in Part I are devoted to ‘centrist’ questions in the main, including contributions from Rainer Albertz, Katharine Dell, Frederik Lindstršm, Christoph Bultmann, and Hugh Williamson. The essays in Part II are from scholars who apply a range of alternative or ‘peripheral’ interpretative methods, Walter Moberly, Terje Stordalen, Jill Middlemas, Ulrich Berges, Mark Gray, Else Holt, Gordon McConville and David Clines.
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Part I. ‘Centrist’ Questions How Radical Must the New Beginning Be? The Discussion between the Deutero-Isaiah and the Ezekiel School Rainer Albertz Solomon’s Wisdom and the Egyptian Connection Katharine Dell ‘I am rousing the Chaldaeans’ – Regrettably? Habakkuk 1.5-11 and the End of the Prophetic Theology of History Fredrik Lindström Patterns or Poetry in Jeremiah? Introducing a Reader to the Twin Poems in Jeremiah 5 and 8 Christoph Bultmann Reflections on Redaction H.G.M. Williamson Part II. ‘Peripheral’ Questions Is Election Bad for You? R. W. L. Moberly Mother Earth in Biblical Hebrew Literature: Ancient and Contemporary Imagination Terje Stordalen Exodus 3 and the Call of Moses: Re-reading the Signs Jill Middlemas How Babylon Became Merciless: A Subversive Re-reading of Isaiah 47.6 Ulrich Berges Justice with Reconciliation: A Text for our Times. The Rhetoric of Isaiah 58.6-10 Mark Gray The Helpless Potentate: A Neglected Image in Jeremiah Else K. Holt Righteousness and the Divine Presence in Psalm 17 J. Gordon McConville Coming to a Theological Conclusion: The Case of the Book of Job David J.A. Clines
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