The Word that Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship

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Fortress Press, 2006 - Religion - 237 pages
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In the last several years, Walter Brueggemann's writings have directly addressed the situation of Christian communities in today's globalized context, with its consumerist lifestyles, vast inequalities, and near-imperial exercises of power. His insights, forged in rugged encounters with the texts of the Old Testament, are sharp, painful, and indispensable. In the people Israel Brueggemann finds a model of an alternative community - anchored in YHWH, ever exploring new possibilities, and prophetically bent against empire. Part I: The Word Redescribing the World Part II: The Word Redefining the Possible Part III: The Word Shaping a Community of Discipleship

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Contents

A Text That Redescribes
3
Proclamatory Confrontations
20
A Fresh Performance amid a Failed Script
45
Faith at the Nullpunkt
59
The City in Biblical Perspective Failed and Possible
75
Evangelism and Discipleship The God Who Calls The God Who Sends
92
Options for Creatureliness Consumer or Citizen
114
Ecumenism as the Shared Practice of a Peculiar Identity
138
Vision for a New Church and a New Century homework against Scarcity
157
Vision for a New Church and a New Century Part II Holiness Becomes Generosity
177
Patriotism for Citizens of the Penultimate Superpower w
198
Abbreviations
212
Notes
213
Index of Names
229
Index of Biblical References
231
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Walter Brueggemann is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament in the William Marcellus McPheeters chair at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia).

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