This week marked the 85th birthday of Old Testament scholar and theologian, Walter Brueggemann. In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.
This list is really just an introduction, as Brueggemann is an extraordinarily prolific author. He has also written a number of important OT commentaries, for instance, that are not included on this list…
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
By far this is Brueggemann’s most significant and most read book… In this challenging and enlightening treatment, Brueggemann traces the lines from the radical vision of Moses to the solidification of royal power in Solomon to the prophetic critique of that power with a new vision of freedom in the prophets. Here he traces the broad sweep from Exodus to Kings to Jeremiah to Jesus. He highlights that the prophetic vision and not only embraces the pain of the people but creates an energy and amazement based on the new thing that God is doing.
Image Credit: From the cover of the new book The Gospel of Hope [ Buy Now]