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Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann [Hardcover]

By Walter Brueggemann (Author) & Anna Carter Florence (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.66" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800636465  
EAN  9780800636463  

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From the esteemed biblical theologian, pastor, and professor of Old Testament comes a thought-provoking collection of sermons and prayers, including a poignant chapter on the preacher as scribe. Brueggemann's homiletic is described as igniting "fireworks of alternative imagination. Preach the text and it sets the people on fire." Includes index of scriptural allusions.

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Following his highly successful collection of prayers, "Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth (2003) this ia a thoughtful collection of Brueggemann's most recent sermons and prayers. Not only a leading biblical theologian, Brueggemann has long established himself as one of the country's leading preachers. His earlier collection of sermons, "The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness (1996) has been a source of much homiletic inspiration, as has his reflections in "Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation (1989). The collection begins with a poignant chapter on the preacher as scribe, followed by twenty-two sermons and twenty-four prayers.

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Exceptional book  May 31, 2008
I am about half way through this book and I love it. I yearn for this type of teaching and preaching in my personal life and it seems to be at a least in my life's experience. I plan to read it over and over until it deeply sinks in. I look forward to reading more of this author's books.
Brueggemann as poet.....  Jan 4, 2007
Most readers with an interest in contemporary theologians know Walter Brueggemann as an outstanding and insightful theologian. Few would, however, describe his major works as easy reading. INSCRIBING THE TEXT shows another side of Brueggmann. These prayers and sermons are infused with such lyricism and clarity that they rise to level of fine literature. The prayers especially are outstanding examples of religious poetry and provide a happy contrast to the usual saccharin stuff that masquerades as religious or devotional writing. Highly recommended for style and content....
Daily reading for the thoughtful  Feb 28, 2006
I have found reading Brueggemann's sermons and prayers to be deeply nourishing and challenging. In a world of thin theology and even thinner devotions, this text is deep and rich soil for the soul. I have found this be a wonderful devotional for the thoughful - each day reading a sermon or prayer that stirs, quickens and inspires the heart and mind. This is a gem and catalyst...
Helpful as Devotions and for Deeper Reflective Study  Nov 26, 2005

This is a good book to spur your Biblical curiosity and to satisfy your longing for something new, yet trustworthy, in the way of a devotional resource. The subtitle only hints at the richness of this collection of prayers, poems, meditations on Biblical passages, sermons and what might better be called essays on Biblical themes. It provides the careful reader with concepts that will be helpful as devotions and for deeper reflective study.

Professor Brueggemann talks about the preacher's role as scribe-which may seem a startling notion for those who recall Jesus' warnings about the Scribes and Pharisees-however, the role of "truth speaking to power" is what he has in mind. In other words, offering those who can make a difference a view of God's truth so that it can become a motivating factor in the church's work and witness. It seems like a good approach for all Christians, by the way.

I particularly appreciated the sermon "Missing by Nine Miles" about the visit of the Magi. Dr. Brueggemann contrasts the halls of power in Jerusalem with the simple profundity of the stable in Bethlehem. Reminding me of the old saying "a miss is as good as a mile", the prophet in Dr. Brueggemann provides a Biblical argument for the efficacy of such overlooked character traits as vulnerability, neighborliness and generosity, in contrast to what "wise guys from the East" might have, at first, thought.

The way that the words are set onto the page, the reader can almost hear Dr. Bruegemann speaking-and those who have been fortunate enough to hear him in person will indeed sense the tone of his voice in the ink on the paper.

Walter Brueggemann is a towering presence of our time, for the Church at large, having served as a professor in several leading seminaries and as a preacher and writer whose words are consistently inspirational. He is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary PC(USA) in Decatur, Georgia. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak, take it. And if not, this book is a good alternative.

Consistent Brueggemann  Mar 24, 2005
As anticipated, the book was a delight to read, more like a conversation with a companion over a couple of days than a brow-knitting exercise in academic critique. And, writing a review is worth the price of the experience.

This collection of prayers and sermons by Walter Brueggemann, now Professor Emeritus of Old Testament in the William Marcellus McPheeters Chair at Columbia Theological Seminary, is a companion volume to an earlier collection by the same publisher, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth (2003). Those readers who are familiar with Brueggemann's works (there is a plethora to choose from, the man is an industry unto himself) know with anticipation that this work too can only be good.

The sermons are wide-ranging in themes, scripture text, and occasion. The original context of these sermons range from chapel addresses to colloquia presentations; from congregational sermons to lecture series events; from homiletic conferences to the 100th anniversary of the author's home church (Peace UCC in Tilden, Nebraska). These sermons have a characteristic Brueggemann style in their construction, movement, and structure, and those who have heard the author speak will hear the echo of the spoken voice throughout. There are twenty-three sermons and twenty five prayers, and the book concludes with a helpful index of biblical references.

The first chapter of the book (though not designated as such) is a paper presented at the Festival of Homiletics in Chicago in 2002 (originally appearing in the Scottish Journal of Theology and revised for this volume). This essay, itself titled "The Preacher as Scribe" provides the title of the book. In this piece Brueggemann challenges preachers to "speak truth to power," but not by influence of office or personality or skill, but rather, through respecting the power of the text to do so. He concludes, "The text is a voice of truth, albeit an elusive one. Yet when text-time is well managed, truth does speak to power-but not through the advocacy of the preacher." (p. 17).

The sermons are model exposition, without being expository, with a decidedly didactic element to them. In these sermons Brueggemann models how it is possible to stay close to the text while providing both an authentic and contemporary interpretation and the prophetic function that is sorely needed in today's pulpits.

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