By Walter Brueggemann
Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, historic Israel gave witness to its come upon with a profound and uncontrollable fact skilled via dating. This ebook, drawn from the center of top-rated previous testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the center message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as attractive 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, construction, and the person - within the divine function. This quantity provides Brueggemann at his most attractive, delivering profound insights adapted specifically for the start pupil of the Hebrew Bible
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8 From that, Gottwald draws two conclusions that are important for our discussion. ”9 Second, the authorization of human agents as representatives of YHWH, in the tradition of Israel, concerns the authority of Moses, the articulator of the Torah at Sinai, and the ongoing interpretive work of Levites in the practice of Torah. Given these several dimensions of mutation, we may judge that the distinctiveness of “God” in Old Testament tradition concerns YHWH’s deep resolve to be a God in relation—in relation to Israel, in relation to creation, in relation to members of Israelite society and of the human community more generally.
YHWH as Active Agent But of course, “God” as rendered in the Bible—and most particularly in the Christian Old Testament—does not conform to either the temptation of vagueness or the temptation of settledness. In contrast to both of these interpretive alternatives, “God” as rendered in the Old Testament is a fully articulated personal agent, with all the particularities of personhood and with a full repertoire of traits and actions that belong to a fully formed and actualized person. Such a particular person cannot settle for vagueness because the particularity has a history and an identity that remain constant over time.
But serious readers of this text of human imagination regularly are recruited, in the process of being addressed, to the conviction that what is surely daring artistic human imagination is, at the same time, an act of divine revelation. ” What is revealed here is a Holy One who is undomesticatedly available for dialogic transaction; and because of dialogical transaction, what is revealed here, as well, is mature personhood that is commensurate with the undomesticated fidelity of the Holy One: “until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Eph 4:13); “It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Col 1:28).
An unsettling God : the heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann