Walter Brueggemann

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Walter Brueggemann
Born1933
Tilden, Nebraska
NationalityAmerican
Alma materElmhurst College, Eden Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, Saint Louis University
Occupationprofessor of theology
Known forrhetorical criticism
 
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Walter Brueggemann
Born1933
Tilden, Nebraska
NationalityAmerican
Alma materElmhurst College, Eden Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, Saint Louis University
Occupationprofessor of theology
Known forrhetorical criticism

Walter Brueggemann (born 1933 in Tilden, Nebraska) is an American Protestant Old Testament scholar and theologian. Brueggemann is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades.[1]

Career[edit]

Brueggemann received an A.B. from Elmhurst College (1955), a B.D. from Eden Theological Seminary (1958), a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York (1961), and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University (in 1974). The son of a minister of the German Evangelical Synod of North America, he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He was professor of Old Testament (1961–1986) and Dean (1968–1982) at Eden Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1986, he served as William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, from which he retired in the early 2000s. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Brueggemann currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio (2008).

Thought[edit]

Brueggemann is an advocate and practitioner of rhetorical criticism. He has written more than 58 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. He is also a contributor to a number of the Living the Questions DVD programs and is featured in the program "Countering Pharaoh's Production-Consumption Society Today."[citation needed] Brueggemann participated in Bill Moyers' 1990s PBS television series on Genesis (documented in Genesis: A Living Conversation. Main Street Books, 1997. ISBN 0-385-49043-7).[page needed]

Originally a strong supporter of Israel and its Biblical claims, Brueggemann later repudiated Israel for its exploitation of "ancient promises" to create a "toxic ideology," and now affirms that it's not anti-Semitic to stand up for justice for Palestinians.[2]

Brueggemann is known throughout the world for his method of combining literary and sociological modes when reading Bible. V. S. Parrish categorized Brueggemann as being an exegete and theologian.[citation needed] As an exegete he has composed several commentaries (Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, 1 and 2 Samuel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah). His most notable work was on the book of Psalms, and he has written many monographs and articles on specific portions of the Hebrew Bible. As a theologian he has been an editor for the Fortress Press series "Overtures to Biblical Theology". His development of Old Testament theological methods consists of literary mode, social function, and dialectical approach.[clarification needed] Titles such as "David's Truth in Israel's Imagination and Memory" (1985), "Power, Providence and Personality" (1990), "1 Kings and 2 Kings" (1982c), "The Prophetic Imagination" (1978), and "Hopeful Imagination" (1986) reflect his interest in the prophetic corpus.[3]

Honors[edit]

Among his honors are:

There is also a festschrift in his honor: God in the Fray: A Tribute to Walter Brueggemann (eds. Tod Linafelt and Timothy K. Beal, Minneapolis: Fortress Press).

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "33rd G. Arthur Keough Lectures". Washington Adventist University. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Walter Brueggemann, Foreword to "Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land", Mark Braverman, Synergy Books, 2010
  3. ^ Mckim, Donald (2007). Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters. City: IVP Academic. pp. 242–247. ISBN 0-8308-2927-X. 

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