Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation by Walter BrueggemannIce Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation by Walter Brueggemann

Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation

byWalter BrueggemannEditorDavis Hankins

Hardcover | September 3, 2014

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Endlessly cunning, elusive, and playful?the Bible consistently unsettles even as it assures. Walter Brueggemann reveals exactly how Scripture exposes the inadequacy of the assumptions and habits that shape our lives. He finds inside Israel's ancient poetry, prophecy, narrative, and legal covenants new words that create new peoples. In so doing this book provokes a theology of transformation?one that compels new social, economic, and political practices. Brueggemann's reading reveals that we are not fated to live a life of greed, anxiety, and violence, but instead can embrace a shared life of well-being grounded in an investment in the common good. Brueggemann shows the endless ways by which the Bible provokes new life for transformed peoples.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.Davis Hankins is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University.
Title:Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of ProvocationFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:439 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2014Publisher:Baylor University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481302183

ISBN - 13:9781481302180


Table of Contents

Introduction by Davis Hankins

Part 1: Poetic Cadences that Create Hope

1. Conflicted Human Agency

2. Conflicted Divine Agency

3. Misbegotten Hope

4. Poems vs. Memos

5. Biblical Language

Part 2: Narrative Complexities that Challenge

6. Food Fight

7. Departure without Arrival

8. The Nightmare of Amnesia

9. The Antidote to Amnesia

10. Double Agency

Part 3: Legal Covenants that Coalesce

11. From Narrative to Policy

12. The God Who Gives Rest

13. Covenantal Risks and Rewards

Part 4: Imaginative Provocations that Compel

14. Testimony

15. Obedience

16. Slow Wisdom

17. Bail Out

18. Jubilee


Editorial Reviews

"the greatest gift of Ice Axes for Frozen Seas is its regard for the difficulty of the Old Testamentthe very quality that keeps the Bible generative and relevant for our world today."Cameron B. R. Howard, Luther Seminary, Word & World"One of the strengths of Brueggemann's writing is the way in which it encourages readers to view the contemporary landscape through the lens of the Bible's rhetorical world...While those who follow Brueggemann's work closely will find many familiar themes in its pages, Hankins' introduction offers new analysis of the philosophical and sociopolitical context of writings that have profoundly influenced biblical theology."Anne W. Stewart, Princeton Theological Seminary, Horizons in Biblical Theology"This rich collection of lectures and essays written between 2008-2012 shows Walter Brueggemann at his most incisive?theologically, politically, and rhetorically. An added bonus is Davis Hankins' trenchant introduction, the most sophisticated treatment yet of Brueggemann's work as a whole."William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary"Provocative indeed! These essays are most compelling and would be appropriate for biblical studies in theological schools, readings for church study groups, and rich resources for preaching."Richard Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, University of Massachusetts, Boston"Ice Axes for Frozen Seas is a gift for scholars, pastors, and anyone seeking biblical grounding for faith in troubled times. The book is a river of vibrant, poetic language that evokes, provokes, and enacts theologies of biblical texts."Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, Columbia Theological Seminary"Without question, Ice Axes for Frozen Seas offers a scintillating array of essays from the perennially engaging mind of Walter Brueggemann. The expositions and challenges presented here will make any Bible student rethink a wide range of assumed interpretations. The book is thus well-suited to the needs of pastors and theological students, and really anyone who seeks to approach the Bible thoughtfully."Michael E. Littell, South Dayton Presbyterian Church, Themelios"Ice Axes for Frozen Seas demonstrates that, decades into a prophetic vocation, Walter Brueggemann remains no less challenging for the Western Church and no less an essential voice."Marcus A. Hong, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Review"Brueggemann's interpretations are compelling, whether he is illuminating Joseph's role in enforcing an oppressive policy of scarcity and monopoly ('Food Fight'), Solomon's commodity system of wealth, power, and wisdom ('Covenantal Risks and Rewards'), or similarities between Moses, Jesus, and Martin Luther King, Jr. ('Obedience')."Bryan D. Bibb, Interpretation: Journal of Bible and Theology