God, Neighbour, Empire
The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good
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Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and then sustains covenantal relationships. The nature of this relationship decisively depends upon the conduct, practice, and policy of the covenant partner, yet is radically rooted in the character and agency of God?the One who makes promises, initiates covenant, and sustains relationship.
In God, Neighbour, Empire, renowned Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggeman brings us a characteristically penetrating and provocative account of the ways in which the Old Testament is offered as an alternative to the imperial narrative that dominates ordinary imagination both in ancient times and in the present.
Urgent and timely, the book suggests that the covenant of God in the witness of biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community should resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of empire through a life of radical neighbour love.
With a foreword by Jane Williams.
Table of Contents
1. The Nature and Mission of God
Irreducibly, Inscrutably Relational
From Zion Back to Sinai
The Inexplicable Reach Beyond
The Summons to Keep Listening
Worship 4 Today Part 1
Lies, Sex and Politicians
Desire, Market and Religion
Paul on Baptism
Letters from the Farm
A Rabbi Reads the Torah
Encountering the Bible
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