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Delivered into Covenant

Pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus, Part Two

Delivered into Covenant

Pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus, Part Two

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Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780664267360
Number of Pages: 130
Published: 09/11/2021
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

The Pivotal Moments in the Old Testament Series helps readers see Scripture with new eyes, highlighting short, key texts-"pivotal moments"-that shift our expectations and invite us to turn toward another reality transformed by God's purposes and action.

The book of Exodus brims with dramatic stories familiar to most of us: Moses' ringing proclamation to Pharaoh to "let my people go," the freed Israelites astonished by manna in the wilderness, God's descending on Mount Sinai in a cloud of fire and glory to deliver the law to Moses and the people. These signs of God's liberating agency, provision, and covenant have sustained oppressed peoples over the ages. But Exodus is also a complex book, which is why we divide it into two parts. Readers of parts one and two of Pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus will encounter multilayered narratives about the mysterious action of the divine to overturn exploitative systems, the giving of a new law meant to set the people of Israel apart, and instructions for building a tabernacle in which God will dwell in glory. How does a contemporary reader make sense of it all?

In Delivered into Covenant, Walter Brueggemann offers a guide to the second half of Exodus-from Israel's journey through the wilderness to Mount Sinai to the establishment of the tabernacle-drawing out "pivotal moments" in the text. Throughout, Brueggemann shows how Exodus consistently reveals a God who is in radical solidarity with the powerless and who is dedicated to cultivating a covenant people who act to repudiate the powers of empire. Questions for reflection and discussion are included at the end of each of the fourteen chapters, making it ideal for individual or group study.

Walter Brueggemann, Brent A. Strawn

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out, and Truth and Hope: Essays for a Perilous Age. Brent A. Strawn is Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law at Duke University. Previously, he was the William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books, includingThe Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended TreatmentandThe Old Testament: A Concise Introduction. He is the editor of the Pivotal Moments in the Old Testament series.

'Brueggemann clearly and concisely points readers to core biblical and theological truths that elicit revelatory moments that stick. The pivots in Exodus Brueggemann explores invite readers to see and seek where the Spirit is moving in their own lives and contexts. The questions at the end of each chapter offer a ready tool for rich discussion that will certainly uncover fresh truths from ancient texts. Once again, Brueggemann helps people of faith experience God’s living Word through his depth of knowledge, poetic language, and evident love of Scripture and Christ’s Church.' –- Jill Duffield, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC, and former editor of The Presbyterian Outlook

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