By Walter Brueggemann
Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, historic Israel gave witness to its stumble upon with a profound and uncontrollable fact skilled via dating. This ebook, drawn from the guts of ideal outdated testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the center message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as enticing 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, construction, and the man or woman - within the divine function. This quantity provides Brueggemann at his most attractive, providing profound insights adapted specially for the start scholar of the Hebrew Bible
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I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. (Ezek 34:11–16) Even the powers will learn, soon or late, that YHWH holds the initiative to which response must be made: It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the people and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever I please.
The reason is that human persons in human community are designed for serious, validating relationships that call for mutual care and responsibility; no amount of power, technology, or commodity can be substituted for relatedness. Thus Israel’s great confession of faith is that at the bottom of reality there is the fidelity of a holy God who seeks relatedness with appropriate partners. Study of the Old Testament, when done on a sustained basis, consists in changing the agenda from the categories of modernity (knowledge, technology, commodity) to interactions that make for genuine, sustained creatureliness in the world of the creator God.
What is readily and often called into question in the text is the character of this God in relation, a defining mark of YHWH that requires a radical revision of our notion of God. 10 It is precisely because the covenant is articulated in so many variations that we are able to conclude that covenantal relatedness makes it impossible for this God to be settled, static, or fixed. This God is always emerging in new ways in response to the requirements of the relationship at hand. This God is fully engaged in interaction with several partners and is variously impinged upon and evoked to new responses and—we may believe—to new dimensions of awareness and resolve.