Augsburg Fortress

The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology

The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology

"The purpose of this collection of Brueggemann's essays is to bring to the fore a much more extensive critical engagement on his part with the current discussion about the Old Testament, its character, its authority, its theology, and especially its God.... Readers of these essays who think they may have grasped what Brueggemann has to say about the theology of the Old Testament from reading his magnum opus will find that he is still thinking, still listening, and still helping us understand the scriptures of Israel and the church at an ever deeper level."

— from the foreword


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800698300
  • eBook ISBN 9781451419559
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 252
  • Publication Date March 1, 2011


"Walter Brueggemann, one of the most brilliant speakers, writers, and thinkers in Old Testament theology, again has a collection of his articles edited, this time on his most favorite subject, the authority and theology of the Bible.... Thirteen essays engage in the details and developments of the field. They are mining trenches in a fertile territory, and the miner does come up with so many surprising discoveries: Walter Brueggemann at his best."
— Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Marburg University, Germany

"For more than a generation readers have regularly benefited from Walter Brueggemann's lively studies of biblical texts. These essays take a step behind that textual work to muse on issues of biblical authority and to survey the landscape of Old Testament scholarship regarding key critical questions and major theological developments. As always, readers can count on Brueggemann for clear, engaging, and insightful reflections on issues important for both church and academy."
— Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword

I. Biblical Authority
1. Biblical Authority in the Postcritical Period
2. Biblical Authority: A Personal Reflection
3. Biblical Authority and the Church's Task of Interpretation

II. Old Testament Theology in the Twentieth Century
4. Twentieth-Century Old Testament Studies: A Quick Survey
5. Biblical Faith as Narrative, Recital, Confession: An Introduction to von Rad's Old Testament Theology
6. The Loss and Recovery of Creation in Old Testament Theology
7. The ABCs of Old Testament Theology in the United States
8. Contemporary Old Testament Theology: A Contextual Prospects
9. Biblical Theology Appropriately Postmodern

III. A Conversation with Other Theologians
10. Theology of the Old Testament: A Prompt Retrospect
11. Israel's Creation Faith: Response to J. Richard Middleton
12. Against the Stream: Brevard Child's Biblical Theology
13. Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy: A Review by Brevard Childs and a Response

Index of Names
Index of Biblical References