God, Neighbour, Empire
The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good
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Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and then sustains covenantal relationships. The nature of this relationship decisively depends upon the conduct, practice, and policy of the covenant partner, yet is radically rooted in the character and agency of God?the One who makes promises, initiates covenant, and sustains relationship.
In God, Neighbour, Empire, renowned Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggeman brings us a characteristically penetrating and provocative account of the ways in which the Old Testament is offered as an alternative to the imperial narrative that dominates ordinary imagination both in ancient times and in the present.
Urgent and timely, the book suggests that the covenant of God in the witness of biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community should resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of empire through a life of radical neighbour love.
With a foreword by Jane Williams.
Table of Contents
1. The Nature and Mission of God
Irreducibly, Inscrutably Relational
From Zion Back to Sinai
The Inexplicable Reach Beyond
The Summons to Keep Listening
"Always provocative and insightful, Walter Brueggemann brilliantly helps us see how the ancient text has stunning implications for how we think and live today. His deep love of God, Scripture, and humanity reverberates throughout this incisive exploration of God's excessive faithfulness." -- Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
"In a society that commoditizes nearly all aspects of life, Walter Brueggemann presses Scripture's summons to a neighborliness attuned to the well-being of the human community and the ecology of creation. God, Neighbor, Empire sets its compass to truths from ancient Israel, but it is a map for finding our way in a contemporary world where 'liberty and justice for all' is often hard to find." -- Samuel E. Balentine, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary
'This is typical Brueggemann who uses the biblical narrative to turn the way society is conceived by many completely on its head...this is a manifesto for true Christian democracy.' -- John Wood, The Reader, Vol 118, No.1
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