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Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration
Echoes of Brueggemann in a New Generation
Edited by Jonathan Kaplan, Robert Williamson, Jr

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.

Jonathan Kaplan is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Williamson, Jr, is Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 72
978-1-909697-78-2 hardback
Publication August 2015

Jonathan Kaplan and Robert Williamson, Jr

Brent A. Strawn
On Walter Brueggemann: (A Personal) Testimony, (Three) Dispute(s), (and on) Advocacy


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


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


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


Carolyn J. Sharp
Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration: Soundings for a New Generation

Walter Brueggemann
A Response