The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)
Organization: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and a noted scholar and author. He has earned a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminayr and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University.

Recipient of numerous awards, he is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has authored more than a dozen books, including Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers; An Introduction to the Old Testament; Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth; and Reverberations of Faith.

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A New World Birthed

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and a noted scholar and author.

Walter Brueggemann: Strategies for Staying Emancipated

Friday October 24, 2008
The Ten Commandments are given, Walter Brueggemann says, by the liberating God who opposes and defeats Pharaoh’s system of exploitation, and who delivers Israel from that brutalizing economy. It is an affirmation that the world--our lives--are under new governance, a new regime, and the Ten Commandments are rules for this new life of freedom and justice. If the Israelites, and we, don’t follow them, we are susceptible to falling back into Pharaoh’s domain. So he calls the commandments 'strategies for staying emancipated.'

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ON Scripture: Dr. Walter Brueggemann on Jeremiah 31:31-34

Friday October 24, 2008
Noted theologian Dr. Walter Brueggemann begins a four-part series for the ON Scripture lectionary resource by focusing on Jeremiah 31:31-34.

ON Scripture: Dr. Walter Brueggemann on Joshua 24

Friday October 24, 2008
This week’s text, Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25, features a great dramatic meeting as the culmination of arriving in the land of promise. Read Dr. Walter Brueggemann's lectionary reflections.

ON Scripture: Dr. Walter Brueggemann on Zephaniah 1

Friday October 24, 2008
In this week's ON Scripture lectionary resource, noted scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann examines Zephaniah 1: "This poem features extravagant language about a coming time of loss, disaster, distress, and suffering."

ON Scripture: Dr. Walter Brueggemann on Ezekiel 34 - Reign of Christ Sunday

Friday October 24, 2008
If Ezekiel were among us now, he might well conclude that the emergence of the “99%” is a scourge from God that intends to expose and bring down social policies, practices, and institutions that are out of sync with God’s will for shalom.

ON Scripture: Dr. Walter Brueggemann on I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14: Who Will Be America's Next Leader?

Friday October 24, 2008
The old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the matter of succession to the throne is highly contested.

ON Scripture: Walter Brueggemann on the Liturgy of the Passion (Isaiah 50:4-9a)

Friday October 24, 2008
The voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself. Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to the deported Jews in Babylon in the sixth century BCE. His message to the Jews is they are now free to go back home to Jerusalem. This freedom came, says the poet, because of the dispatch of Cyrus the Persian at the behest of YHWH, the Lord of all of history.

ON Scripture-The Bible: God Beyond All Relationships and Agendas: Exodus 24:12-18 by Walter Brueggemann

Friday October 24, 2008
Exodus 19-24 enacts an agreement of mutual fidelity between YHWH and Israel. That covenant consists in two major parts: YHWH’s commands set the requirement of covenant in the form of the Ten Commandments (20:1-17), and Israel pledges allegiance to the covenant through obedience to YHWH’s commandments (24:3, 7). This enactment creates a relationship in which the defining dynamic is one of 'command-obey,' with the understanding that Israel’s obedience will result in abundant covenantal blessing.

ON Scripture: Ferguson & Forgiveness (Jeremiah 31:31-34) By Walter Brueggemann

Friday October 24, 2008
Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the reality of our life in preparation for Easter, a radical new beginning. When, through this illusion breaking homework, we connect with reality we see that in our society the fabric of human community is almost totally broken and one glaring evidence of such brokenness is the current unrelieved tension between police and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri.

ON Scripture: Free Speech: A License to Destroy or A Responsibility to Build Up (James 3:1-12) By Walter Brueggemann

Friday October 24, 2008
Many countries in the global community do not have the right to free speech. In the US, our right to speak out is protected under the constitution. How well do we live up to the responsibility granted with that freedom?

ON Scripture: A Covenant of Neighborly Justice: Break the Chains of Quid Pro Quo (Isaiah 55:1-9) By Walter Brueggemann

Friday October 24, 2008
In this season of Lent, this text of summons may be a sobering one for us. In this election season amid shrill or buoyant rhetoric, we may not notice that there real choices to be made, even as Jews in ancient Babylon were confronted with real choices of a most elemental kind.

ON Scripture: Walter Brueggemann on Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Friday October 24, 2008
This text is one of the loveliest and most important biblical texts that respond to the question: What is the world like? How does it work? The text is framed as a speech by 'wisdom' who is presented as an active agent who has a voice for self-announcement. It is the work of the poet to bring to availability that which remains hidden but is deeply operative in the working of creation.

ON Scripture: Who am I? Rant vs. Relationship (Hosea 11:1-11) By Walter Brueggemann

Friday October 24, 2008
This is an extraordinary poem that dares to take us inside the conflicted interior life of God in order to see that the father has acute 'heart problems' and is torn between emotive rage and self-disciplined fidelity. With this text before us, we should I suggest, sit in silent amazement and ponder the God disclosed to us in this poem.