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The word militant : preaching a decentering word

Author: Walter Brueggemann
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Against the easy assurance of a too-enculturated religion, Walter Brueggemann refocuses the preaching task around the decentering, destabilizing, always risky Word that confronts us in Scripture - if we have the courage to hear. These powerful essays, previously available only in journals, are here combined with a newly composed preface and introduction. Includes a foreword from the Reverend William "Preaching is an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Brueggemann
ISBN: 9780800662776 0800662776
OCLC Number: 167498236
Description: xi, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: at risk with the text --
Preaching as reimagination --
The preacher, the text, and the people --
Ancient utterance and contemporary hearing --
An imaginative "or" --
That the world may be redescribed --
The social nature of the biblical text for preaching --
The shrill voice of the wounded party --
Life or death : de-privileged communication --
Preaching to exiles --
Preaching a sub-version --
Truth-telling as subversive obedience.
Responsibility: Walter Brueggemann.
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," . . While he reads widely and is in knowledgeable, respectful conversation with a wide range of scholars, he always privileges the biblical text over any other. His reports of his skirmishes with Read more...

 
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