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.
Co-written with Tod Linafelt
Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation. This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel’s history. Covering every book in the Old Testament (arranged in canonical order), the authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts in biblical writings from the Torah through post-exilic Judaism. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts.
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