Brueggemann on the Epistemology of Oath

 Another jewel from Brueggemann's Theology of the Old Testament (p. 173). "All of these [OT redemptive] promises of Yahweh, of every sort, on every subject, intend that Israel should not surrender its life or its destiny to the present circumstance, especially when that present circumstance is deathly and appears insurmountable." The alternative to accepting the… Continue reading Brueggemann on the Epistemology of Oath

Brueggemann: Israelite Hope vs Enlightenment Despair

The following quote is well worth reading through carefully. Enjoy! "At the culmination of Israel's portrayal of reality is a certitude and a vision of newness, a full restoration to well-being that runs beyond any old well-being.  This culmination in well-being, assured by the resolve of Yahweh, is articulated in the conclusion of most psalms… Continue reading Brueggemann: Israelite Hope vs Enlightenment Despair

Liturgy, Order, and Chaos

When considering liturgy, order is good. To be sure, are many excellent biblical arguments that advocate an orderly worship service. Walter Brueggemann opens our eyes to yet one more reason why order is good in worship. "In such an arena of disorder [in which Israel/we live], which may indeed be large and deep and ominous,… Continue reading Liturgy, Order, and Chaos

Jon Levenson on the Historical Prologue of the Treaty

Jewish OT scholar Jon Levenson again shines as he discusses the suzerainty treaty/covenant in the ancient Near East/OT.  Here he is speaking specifically of the historical prologue.  This is worth reading a few times! "Israel began to infer and to affirm her identity by telling a story.  To be sure, the story has implications that can be… Continue reading Jon Levenson on the Historical Prologue of the Treaty

Brueggemann: The Good, Bad, the Ugly

Here's one reason why I love Brueggemann: he totally demolishes OT historical criticism.  He says that historical criticism is a child of the Enlightenment with objective, scientific, and positivistic epistemological assumptions.  Historical critics attempt to explain everything away - including the text itself, Brueggemann laments. "Such an enterprise...is...incongruent with the text itself.  The text is saturated with the… Continue reading Brueggemann: The Good, Bad, the Ugly