Cracking Open the Parables
These are three books that have cracked open the parables of Scripture in various ways for me. Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed by William R. Herzog II [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]Herzog is a New Testament professor and a liberation theologian, which deeply shapes how he comes to understand the parables of Jesus. He showed me to see the socio-economic and political dynamics that impinge upon our understanding of these small stories. This book is part parable exegesis, part…
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Walter Brueggemann: Where to Start
The most frequent question I get once someone learns I read Walter Brueggemann is “Where should I start?” or “What should I read first?” This is not an easy question, since Brueggemann writes varied kind of works and there are various kinds of readers who ask. Here are a few places you can consider starting: The Prophetic Imagination. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]This is Brueggemann’s seminal work. Reading this book will allow you to see how he understands the prophetic task both then and…
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Commentaries Worth Reading Cover-to-Cover
Am I the only one who enjoys a good commentary, cover to cover, from time to time? This is usually a luxurious summer read for me, taking time to concentrate on an entire Biblical book. Here are some of my favorites…   Isaiah 1-39 & Isaiah 40-66 by Walter Brueggemann. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]These volumes will make you swoon and sway as you encounter the words of Isaiah and the potent explanations by Brueggemann. It helps that he is not only a scholar,…
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