God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good by Walter Brueggemann

God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good

byWalter BrueggemannForeword byTim A. Dearborn

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

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Justice, mercy, and the public good all find meaning in relationship?a relationship dependent upon fidelity, but endlessly open to the betrayals of infidelity. This paradox defines the story of God and Israel in the Old Testament. Yet the arc of this story reaches ever forward, and its trajectory confers meaning upon human relationships and communities in the present. The Old Testament still speaks.

Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and then sustains covenantal relationships. God, in mercy, does so by making promises for a just well-being and prescribing stipulations for the covenant partner''s obedience. The nature of the relationship itself 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.

This reflexive, asymmetrical relationship, kept alive in the texts and tradition, now fires contemporary imagination. Justice becomes shaped by the practice of neighborliness, mercy reaches beyond a pervasive quid pro quo calculus, and law becomes a dynamic norming of the community. The well-being of the neighborhood, inspired by the biblical texts, makes possible?and even insists upon?an alternative to the ideology of individualism that governs our society''s practice and policy. This kind of community life returns us to the arc of God''s gifts?mercy, justice, and law. The covenant of God in the witness of biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of empire through a life of radical neighbor love.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Title:God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common GoodFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:179 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:179 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:Baylor University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781481305426

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Nature and Mission of God: Irreducibly, Inscrutably Relational
Chapter 2. Justice: From Zion Back to Sinai
Chapter 3. Grace: The Inexplicable Reach Beyond
Chapter 4. Law: The Summons to Keep Listening

Scripture Index
Author/Subject Index

Editorial Reviews

"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"Brueggemann''s God, Neighbor, Empire is a stirring account of the various 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. As always, one does not need to agree with every Brueggemann reading of the biblical text in order to find him a stimulating and helpful contributor to our understanding of some important themes of biblical theology overall, and of the ways that this theology should shape our imagination, our desire, and our practice, rather than merely reflect them."Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College