Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah
"No scholar of this generation has had a greater fire
in his bones for communicating the word of God
than Walter Brueggemann. These essays on Jeremiah
exemplify his insistence that criticism should lead to
interpretation, and remind us again why prophets
like Jeremiah still matter in the 21st century."
John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale
"Like Fire in the Bones is a gift to the churches and to anyone interested in prophetic literature with its harsh rhetoric, blazing visions, and demanding yet merciful God. Jeremiah may have had fire in his bones, but Brueggemann sets fires with his pen. He shows how Jeremiah speaks into the abyss of historical catastrophe with speech that matches experience. He underlines the disputatious political character of theological speech. He reiterates Jeremiah's call to covenant loyalty even in the face of religious and government forces that suppress and silence words of life. He illuminates Jeremiah's bare-boned hope for a world in the thrall of empire and social amnesia. If ever there was need for imaginative rereading of Jeremiah and of the texts of common
life, it is now. At this, Brueggemann is a master."
Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Jeremiah, the longest book in the Bible, is neglected much too often by preacher and teacher alike. That neglect is due, in significant part, to the prophet's often-sharp words that strike too close to home, in his own generation and in ours. It is telling that the prophet Jeremiah, the focus of these essays that span much of Walter Brueggemann's prophetic ministry, has been in his head and heart for such a long time. Again and again, Brueggemann's own words have mirrored Jeremiah to us, and the times in which we presently live could profit from hearing them again."
Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary