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The Word that Redescribes the World
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In the last several years, Walter Brueggemann's writings have directly addressed the situation of Christian communities in today's globalized context, with its consumerist lifestyles, vast inequalities, and near-imperial exercises of power. His insights, forged in rugged encounters with the texts of the Old Testament, are sharp, painful, and indispensable. In the People of Israel Brueggemann finds a model of an alternative community — anchored in YHWH, ever exploring new possibilities, and prophetically bent against empire.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Editor’s Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. I. The Word Redescribing the World
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. A Text That Redescribes
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. 2. Proclamatory Confrontations
  2. pp. 20-44
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  1. 3. A Fresh Performance amid a Failed Script
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. 4. Faith at the Nullpunkt
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. II. The Word Redefining the Possible
  2. pp. 73-74
  1. 5. The City in Biblical Perspective: Failed and Possible
  2. pp. 75-91
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  1. 6. Evangelism and Discipleship: The God Who Calls, The God Who Sends
  2. pp. 92-113
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  1. 7. Options for Creatureliness: Consumer or Citizen
  2. pp. 114-137
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  1. 8. Ecumenism as the Shared Practice of a Peculiar Identity
  2. pp. 138-154
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  1. III. The Word Shaping a Community of Discipleship
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. 9. Vision for a New Church and a New Century: Part I: Homework against Scarcity
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. 10. Vision for a New Church and a New Century: Part II: Holiness Becomes Generosity
  2. pp. 177-197
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  1. 11. Patriotism for Citizens of the Penultimate Superpower
  2. pp. 198-211
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 212-231
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Index of Biblical References
  2. pp. 231-238
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