Walter Brueggemann  


Walter Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A graduate of Elmhurst College, Professor Brueggemann went on to study at the Eden Theological Seminary, receiving his Doctorate of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from St. Louis University.

He has devoted his life to a passionate exploration of Old Testament theology, with an emphasis on the relation between the Old Testament and the Christian canonical works, the origins and history of Christian doctrine, and the dynamics of Jewish-Christian interactions. An unequaled passion for his subject has resulted in the publication of more than 58 books (go to list of books written), and hundreds of articles (go to list of articles, 1963 - April 1999).

Mark Thiessen Nation, program director at the London Mennonite Center (London, England) has commented of Professor Brueggemann, "No one writing on the Bible is more consistently provocative, interesting, challenging, and imaginative than Walter Brueggemann. I imagine there is no Scripture scholar in America who sells more books or informs more sermons. For those Christians who yearn for serious, biblically informed engagement with our contemporary world there is no one more stimulating to read than Brueggemann. The man rarely writes a boring page. He is thoroughly knowledgeable as an Old Testament scholar--not to mention reasonably informed on theology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and several other fields--and yet he writes with such verve that he is a joy to read."

Mr. Nation adds this remark to his comments: "A famous American preacher once declared, at a conference on preaching, that if there was only one book that every preacher should have in his or her possession, it should be Walter Brueggemann's The Message of the Psalms. I would go so far as to say that if there is any one author every preacher should have in his or her library, it should be Walter Brueggemann. Any preacher who does not use Brueggemann as a companion in preparation of sermons is cheating himself or herself and their respected congregations!"

A Suggested Shortlist of Books by Walter Brueggemann Follows:

Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation

Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Living Towards a Vision: Biblical Reflections on Shalom

Cadences at Home: On the Art of Preaching


Hope Within History

The Message of the Psalms

The Prophetic Imagination

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