Unlimited [Music Book] ↠ The Prophetic Imagination - by Walter Brueggemann ↠

By Walter Brueggemann | Comments: ( 784 ) | Date: ( May 26, 2020 )

Writing in a popular, conversational style, Walter Brueggemann shows what the prophetic imagination is and why it can transform the present in powerful and unexpected ways.


  • Title: The Prophetic Imagination
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • ISBN: 9780800632878
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann is William 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 Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.



Comments The Prophetic Imagination

  • Erin Thomas

    It is almost cliche to say that our world has been numbed into apathy about a great many things, spirituality included. If fact, I believe it would be fair to say that many Christians have found their faith to be drained of mysticism and imagination. Taught that mysticism is evil or somehow against the Bible (untrue), evangelicals exhibit the same kind of legalism we point out in others. Services become a matter of "stand, sit, pray, sit, stand, [perhaps raise hands], sit, stand, listen to preac [...]


  • Sarah Eisele

    Reading this book was the first time I began to understand the Old Testament (or the Hebrew Scriptures). Brueggemann posits that a prophets job is to critizice, to point out the areas where a religious community is acting in opposition to God's principles, and energize, to encourage the community to return to God's love. This can be applied to such people as King David, Jeremiah, Amos, Abraham, and is to be reflected in modern-day preachers as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone interes [...]


  • David

    Brueggemann is a refreshingly brilliant OT scholar who wrestles with the text and draws scarily prophetic application. This book really makes me take a hard look at the dominant cultural script in America.


  • Marianne Ogden

    This is an important read for those who care about both thoeology and art.


  • Krystle

    Brueggemann's imagination about how to live out kin-dom continues to challenge me to expand my thinking process.


  • Aaron Guest

    12/21/2016: read again. And can't think of a more penetrating, immediate must-read for "orphaned believers"-- to borrow the OtR lyric. Filled with insight and commentary on the OT that bears remarkable and necessary relevance to today.6/22/2015: A book I will return to again and again.


  • Laura

    This is the best book I have ever read for understanding the prophets and prophecy genre in the Bible. Brueggemann points out that the work of a prophet is to criticize and energize. Provocatively, he opines that liberal Christianity is good at criticizing the Church and that conservative Christianity is good at energizing it. The two sides hold the related priorities of the compassion/justice of God and the freedom of God, respectively.Moses is a prophet who calls out to the people of God in a [...]


  • Jacob Aitken

    Great in terms of propheticness, weak in terms of solution. Brueggemann appears to advocate perpetual socialist crisis as the ideal for living faith. A number of problems with his approach: he advocates that community must be formed around a prophetic leader. I agree, sort of. But for WB this prophetic leader is useless unless he has something to prophesy against. Thus there should be a perpetual bad guy, preferably white, male, and capitalistic. The philosophical marxism should be immediately a [...]


  • Adam Ross

    I had a lot of trouble with this book. I wanted to like it given how many people in so many corners have commended it to me. And there is true insight here, but I feel those insights are concealed by a theological project that cannot be maintained. Suffice it to say that when I read the prophets I do not see what he sees. This is likely my own failing, and if he is right I want to know it.Nevertheless, his position is that the Kingship in Israel was a step backwards from the Mosaic "revolution" [...]


  • Alex Stroshine

    I absolutely love the cover, but alas, the book seemed to me tediously repetitive. One problem with a book like this, being as influential as it is (I wanted to like it!), is that a lot of its thought has already been filtered down through other books I have read. As others point out, there are also some questionable interpretations made by Walter Brueggemann regarding the biblical text; I cannot speak to that but it does feel like Brueggemann reads the present into the past. I do appreciate the [...]


  • Sonny

    Walter Brueggemann’s book “The Prophetic Imagination” is a book that addresses a worthwhile subject but proposes all the wrong answers. He contends that the contemporary American church is “so largely enculturated to the American ethos of consumerism that it has little power to believe or to act.” I can hardly quarrel with his premise. The problem I have with Brueggemann is that his book doesn't provide any biblically sound answers.Bruggermann's reading of the prophets loses sight of G [...]


  • Tamara Murphy

    It's the sort of book I'd like to memorize. Brueggemann connects dots for me in an increasing tension I feel to communicate both lament and hope into the world -- and to my own soul. Where we have become polarized, Brueggemann offers prophetic clarity. It is possible to believe things strongly enough to counter culture's accepted wisdom, and to have imagination enough to offer an alternative, hope-filled reality. As I read, I opened another gift in a corrected understanding of the meaning of pro [...]


  • Elizabeth Andrew

    Lately I've been wondering about the writer's role as prophet in our culture. Shouldn't part of our ministry be naming the evils of the empire, grieving the griefs of the people, and speaking to an alternative, life-giving reality? Walter Brueggemann's THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION was a slog but was also helpful in answering my questions. Of course his understanding of prophecy is limited within the bounds of the church. But his careful reading of the work of Moses, Jeremiah, and Jesus is very inst [...]


  • Kenny

    We read this as a part of of our theology and culture book group. There is a preface to the new edition (the first edition was published in 1978) that I found really helpful--" the enmeshment of the United States church in the raging force of globalization and easy accommodation of church faith and practice to consumer commodification makes the urgency of "prophetic consciousness" palpable among us…"For the most part, I really liked it. The role of lament and grief in penetrating the numbness [...]


  • Paul

    Walter Brueggemann's The Prophetic Imagination provides a crucial interpretative lens and theoretical framework from OT (Moses, Kings David vs. Solomon, Jeremiah, and Isaiah) to NT (Jesus) in order to renew the prophetic tradition of lamentation (present) and praise (future), from Biblical to contemporary poetry and prose, as actual breakthrough and com-passion and non-violent resistance against the obdurate predominance of the authorities, oppressors, policymakers, and powerful as evidenced in [...]


  • Sooho Lee

    The frustrations of the fruits of royal consciousness--numbness, oppression, and hopelessness--infuriate the justice and freedom of God expressed through the prophetic figures of Moses, Jeremiah, Second Isaiah, and Jesus. To penetrate numbness, Jeremiah's prophetic lament embraces and enlivens those in pain. To resurrect hopelessness, Second Isaiah's prophesy of hope energizes those marginalized. Both prophetic ministries are most fully and clearly exhibited by Jesus's birth, life, death, and re [...]


  • Patrick Walsh

    The message of this book deserves five stars, and the book deserves every reader it can attract and more. Although it was written in the 1970s the message could not be more appropriate for the United States in particular in 2017 and the English-speaking world in general. The only cavil is that the prose is dense in spots. Notwithstanding, this book should be on many Christians' short list for gaining perspective on current events.


  • Brant

    Brueggemann's book helped reveal the oppressive structures present during the Old Testament period that I had previously been blind to prior (especially during David and Solomon's reign). It also reveals the OT prophets fight for peace and justice which continues to offer alternatives for todays believers against the oppressive powers that be in our own day.


  • Ben Murray

    Motivating and inspiringMost pastors don't clearly make the connection between the prophetic task and their work. At least I didn't. This book helped me draw a direct connection from Moses to Jeremiah to Jesus. Then motivated me to identify with the marginalized as we seek to express grief as a means to embody joy.


  • Ginny

    I do like Brueggemann, but thought this book was very repetitive. I did like his core message about prophets not predicting the future, but helping people understand how to cope in present circumstances.


  • Ed Bastien

    Outstanding presentation of what prophecy looks like in Scripture and how it can be applied today.


  • Ryan

    This book is jacking up my understanding of what it means to ministry, serve, and be. Where did All the flowers go?I wrestle with these words


  • Graham

    Review coming soon.


  • Tara

    This was required reading for my classummm, not the most captivating read.ough there were some thought-provoking parts in the area of how we approach ministry


  • Anna Wagner

    One of the best books I read in Seminary.


  • Ian Caveny

    A theological classic of our modern-age, Walter Brueggemann's The Prophetic Imagination takes his staggering academic mastery of the prophetic texts (especially Jeremiah and Isaiah) and ushers a fresh, biblical perspective for the practice of Christian ministry in modern society. Brueggemann's aims are high and his standards are strict - revealing, in his own way, a close understanding of the prophets' perspective - and, yet, despite the specific intention of bringing this "high theology" to gro [...]


  • Glen Grunau

    In the past five years, Walter Brueggemann has become my favourite Old Testament scholar. My wife and I have listened to a number of his podcasts. Finally, I had the opportunity to read one of his books. I chose this one.For Brueggemann, the “prophetic imagination” is one that dismantles the politics of oppression and exploitation by countering it with a politics of justice and compassion. Brueggemann argues that the politics of oppression in the Old Testament are represented not only by the [...]


  • David Fogle

    "Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that there hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural but is abnormal and in acceptable condition for humanness thus compassion that might be seen as simply as generous goodwill is in fact criticism of the system, forces, and ideologies that produce the hurt. Jesus enters into the hurt and finally comes to embody it The characteristic Greek word for compassion, splagchnoisomai, mea [...]


  • slaveofone

    Like many, I think, I come away from The Prophetic Imagination with a stirring in my heart to see radical change (an energizing) and my imagination awhirl with symbolic ways to dismantle oppressive systems (a criticizing). There is a lot of social commentary in this book that has helped me re-examine the forces and effects at work in the world. Brueggemann, far more than I, is deeply aware of those forces and effects through what must be an extensive amount of sociological study. I almost feel l [...]


  • Mary

    Brueggeman is a theologian who traces the big prophetic themes from Moses, through Solomon then Jeremiah and finally Jesus. He emphasizes that real rescue happens only when the oppressed face the grief of their reality and then find in the only free God (who still speaks) and supplies the energy and amazement for true newness. Brueggemann’s hints of application politically are debatable, but nonetheless, when he sticks to Scripture he sees profoundly.


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