Journey to the Common Good

Journey to the Common Good[PDF / Epub] ★ Journey to the Common Good By Walter Brueggemann – Bluevapours.co.uk Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to Respected author and theologian the Common Kindle Ö Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, Journey to Kindle - and reconstruction Such a concept may seem overwhelming, but writing with his usual theological acumen and social awareness Brueggemann distills this challenge to its most basic issues: where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and to the Common PDF/EPUB Ä work for the common good Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.

Walter Brueggemann is William the Common Kindle Ö Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christ.

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  • Paperback
  • 136 pages
  • Journey to the Common Good
  • Walter Brueggemann
  • English
  • 06 March 2018
  • 9780664235161

10 thoughts on “Journey to the Common Good

  1. Marc says:

    While many (though not nearly enough) people know that the reality of justice for those who are poor and oppressed is at the heart of the biblical narratives, very few are able to present it so lucidly and so passionately, with specific correlations to today's social situation than Walter Brueggemann. A Scripture scholar who can also preach and teach dynamically, Brueggemann's insights into the Exodus story and the Gospel narratives about God offering graced abundance in the midst of gripping oppression for the purpose of giving people strength and energy to turn toward the common good is a masterful commentary for a society addicted to rapacious use of the earth's resources and a seeming state of perpetual warfare. The key point: God continually offers an alternative way of living and being in the world that is focused on the true common good and though the road to get there is a difficult one, God has provided both the perspective and the examples for us to find our way by understanding the Scriptural narratives, not as pious platitudes but as the construction of a way of thinking for life to the world.

  2. Lori says:

    We had a pulpit guest this past year who leaned rather heavily on the work of Walter Brueggemann in his sermon. By total coincidence I was involved in the service, including leading the meditation/prayer element, and I had adapted one of Brueggemann's pieces from his Prayers for a Privileged People for the prayer. During the polylogue after the service, the pulpit guest recommended this book to the congregation. I believe several people bought it, I don't know how many actually read it. It's far more Biblically-centered than many UUs (at least in my congregation) are accustomed to handling. However, I enjoyed Brueggemann's use of Hebrew texts to illustrate the reality of Empire vis-a-vis Israel and the analogue to our current sociopolitical reality in the USA. Exodus, Jeremiah, and Isaiah are his primary texts, revisioned as resources for the faithful to make a radical choice to understand our losses and envision restoration. Very good.

  3. Carol Kuniholm says:

    Brueggemann describes the kingdom of Babylon as a place of misplaced anxiety, fear of scarcity, exploitation, oppression of the weak. God invites us into a very different kingdom, of welcome, abundance, extravagant generosity. Brueggemann insists that God’s people are called to live as “a minority voice of subversion and alternative,” standing firm for the values of his kingdom, and demonstrating these qualities:
    hesed (“steadfast covenantal solidarity”)
    mispat (“justice that gives access and viability to the weak”) and
    sedaqah (“righteousness as intervention for social well-being”)

    It's a timely, convincing, and convicting message.

  4. Matt says:

    Brueggemann, my Theologian du Jour, uses Old Testament scriptures as a scathing indictment on our current bourgeois systems of individualism and acquisitiveness. The United States is as Pharoah's Egypt and Solomon's Jerusalem - an ideologically driven system of scarcity, security, and wealth acquisition. The Prophets offer an alternative to this lie - one of God's abundance, and our call to neighborliness and community. Thus Brueggemann reads Old Testament scripture as fresh, contemporary, and necessary in a society of credit collapse, terror, outrageous financial bonuses, and health care debate.

  5. Drew says:

    Every person of faith in the United States should read this book. Heck, everyone in the world should read it. What a wonderful world we would live in if we truly sought the common good. This is a particularly powerful book at this time of crisis in the US with important elections looming.

  6. Emily Dixon says:

    Too much social justice based on a Social gospel. Not enough Real Truth. I have been disappointed with Brueggemann.

  7. Michael O& says:

    Walter Brueggeman's Journey to the Common Good addresses in this brief book how we might address the common good by utilizing Old Testament scripture to impinge upon the faith and life and practice of the church as we journey together toward the common good that God wills for the world. A thought-provoking read with great nuggets of wisdom and insight into scripture and the human spirit.

    From The Publisher:
    Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction. Such a concept may seem overwhelming, but writing with his usual theological acumen and social awareness Brueggemann distills this challenge to its most basic issues: where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and work for the common good. Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.

  8. John Laliberte says:

    This is a must read book for our times (2017-current, 2018).

    Dr. Brueggemann provides us with a clear understanding of the wonderfully complex book of Isaiah and it's potential for us today as faith-led people of the world (and especially the USA) strive to deal with the complex political, social, and economic issues of our time - not the least include who are we as a people?

    How are we to act towards the poor, the alienated, the disenfranchise and those that are different (the other)? These questions and others are briefly covered. This calls us to think through the implications of being faith-led seeking a life that is consistent with building a community based on the common good and truly understanding how we practice neighborliness! (These passages are especially pertinent to Jews and Christians, but also to other religions that have similar demands of those who ascribe to their beliefs!)

    I found his insights on the calling from Isaiah on Justice, membership, worship and economics and how they form the basis for the great vision compelling all those who seek to live by faith.

  9. Anthony says:

    Wow. I loved this read by Brueggemann - the scriptural basis for the common good in the OT was helpful and the lens through which he reads the Exodus story was beautiful. I am extremely thankful for this book, and I feel like I might be coming back to it again and again. Highly recommended.

  10. Eric Nelson says:

    An interesting idea posited by a great Old Testament mind. Originally presented as a three-part lecture, this book feels like an idea unvetted by editors, at points, the author identifies it as imaginative extrapolation. [return][return]Brueggemann sees two competing narrative in Jewish scripture, that of empire (Pharaoh and Babylon) and that of the common good (Deuteronomy and the prophets). Brueggemann sees Pharaoh's paradigms of wealth, might, and wisdom (think national intelligence) as passed on even to some heroes within the biblical narrative, most notably Solomon whose power rested not on a neighborly common good but on wealth, might, wisdom and an enshrined priesthood who helped those in power retain their position. He sees within the biblical tradition an opposing thread promoting neighborliness characterized by grace, justice, and righteousness, calling true evangelical witness into the work Sabbath adherence and other godly practices that are antithetical to enshrined empires. His interpretative ideas/frameworks for Jeremiah and Isaiah are particularly interesting--even if you don't buy into the logic of the book. His ability to see the Gospel in the Old Testament while meeting its authors on their own very Jewish terms, is particularly helpful.[return][return]As a whole, Brueggemann's idea isn't totally without merit, but it's clear that it isn't a fully formulated idea in this format. Each major section of the book has much content worthy of careful consideration, even if the logic connecting one section to the next doesn't feel fully formed. Even so, the book is an interesting read and a good exercise of discernment of biblical truths.

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