In Search of Solid Ground: Understanding the Epistemology, Hermeneutics, and Theology in Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament, Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)


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Publication Details

List of Authors: Karl-Henrik Wallerstein
Publisher: Åbo Akademi University Press
Publication year: 2019
Number of pages: 283
ISBN: 978-951-765-930-7
eISBN: 978-951-765-931-4


Abstract

For
Walter Brueggemann, the postmodern situation offers a new perspective on
biblical interpretation that forges its way between the historical-critical
method and classical church theology. In his masterly Theology of the Old
Testament, Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy
(1997) Brueggemann present a new
trajectory for the discipline of the Old Testament which is based on a new
epistemological and hermeneutical ground.

However,
Brueggemann’s conclusion of a concept of God in the fray has been a challenge
for the discipline. This thesis offers an analysis of his approach from the
backdrop of his concept of God and its relationship between the biblical text
and Brueggemann’s own epistemological and hermeneutical presuppositions as
presented in Theology of the Old
Testament
.




The
argument in this thesis is that it is possible to conclude a theological
counter-testimony without a tension within YHWH. Instead of a concept of God in
tension this thesis suggests that Brueggemann’s distinction of God above the
fray and God in the fray could be labeled God above the fray and Israel in the
fray.


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