January 7, 2007 Guest - Walter
Program: Do You Trust
Walter Brueggemann, through his teaching,
lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the
significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today.
Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in
relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines,
has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major
components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its
Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology
of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a
foundational work in the field.
Professor Brueggemann, who holds the Th.D. from Union Seminary, New
York, and the Ph.D. from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus
McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological
Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously Professor of Old
Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Fortress
Press books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power,
and Weakness (1996), exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative
power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.
On November 17, 2000, the Association of Theological Booksellers
presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos
Award for Best General Interest Book 2000 at a dinner in
Brueggemann's honor. The award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant
Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World, which was edited by
Patrick D. Miller, came out in July 2000.