By Walter Brueggemann
Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, historical Israel gave witness to its come across with a profound and uncontrollable truth skilled via dating. This ebook, drawn from the guts of most desirable previous testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the middle message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as attractive 4 "partners" - Israel, the countries, production, and the individual - within the divine objective. This quantity provides Brueggemann at his most attractive, delivering profound insights adapted specially for the start pupil of the Hebrew Bible
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Continuing attentiveness to this textual tradition is an affirmative reminder that our God-given, God-engaged creatureliness is of another ilk. It is not too much to conclude that the future of the world depends upon the continued performance of this dialogue that resolvedly refuses closure and buoyantly offers newness. 2 Israel as YHWH’s Partner YHWH has acted toward Israel in ways that are defining for both YHWH and Israel.
In fact this menu of partnership may suggest, in a more or less programmatic way, an agenda for our common work of interpretation that is a life-or-death matter in a society that has been too long uncritically committed to a path of death. The burden of my argument is to recognize that Israel (with its ideological temptation), human persons (with the seductions of authoritarianism and autonomy), nation-states (with an imagined ultimacy), and creation (tempted to mechanical reductionism) are to be understood in a dialogical way.
This God is fully engaged in interaction with several partners and is variously impinged upon and evoked to new responses and—we may believe—to new dimensions of awareness and resolve. Because so much of the faith of Israel is “talking faith” in liturgy, oracle, and narrative, we may say that YHWH is a party to a dialogic exchange that never reaches closure. Rather, like any good dialogue, YHWH is engaged in an interaction with YHWH’s partners that always pushes to a new possibility, that makes demands upon both parties, and that opens up fresh possibilities for the relationship.