By Walter Brueggemann

Within the pages of the Hebrew Bible, historic Israel gave witness to its come across with a profound and uncontrollable fact skilled via dating. This ebook, drawn from the center of ideal previous testomony theologian Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the previous testomony, distills a career's worthy of insights into the center message of the Hebrew Bible. God is defined there, Brueggemann observes, as enticing 4 "partners" - Israel, the international locations, construction, and the individual - within the divine function. This quantity offers Brueggemann at his most attractive, delivering profound insights adapted in particular for the start pupil of the Hebrew Bible

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Dan 4:25) Thus Rosenzweig situates the entire drama of faith as a dialogic exchange in which (a) YHWH’s preeminence is unmistakable, but (b) in which the answering partner has a decisive role to play. 25 While there are important distinctions between them, the general direction for Levinas, as for Buber, is dialogical. Levinas insists that face-to-faceness creates a generative openness for both parties, whereas the attempt to circumscribe in rigid ways the interaction leads to a closed totality that is authoritarian and is eventually given over to violence.

Such a particular person cannot settle for vagueness because the particularity has a history and an identity that remain constant over time. Such a particular person cannot accept a fixity as reflected in some forms of classical tradition, because this particular person possesses all of the dimensions of freedom and possibility that rightly belong to a personal agent. To be sure, such a rendering of God suffers all of the problematic of the scandal of particularity, as this God is embedded in the interpretive memory of ancient Israel.

One can speculate whether YHWH is so fully committed to relationship that there is something held back of sovereignty or whether, as in Job 38–41, YHWH’s sovereignty will eventually prevail and trump relatedness. Such speculation, however, runs against the grain of Israel’s readiness to situate YHWH in an ongoing dramatic transaction in which everything is at stake in the moment of interaction. As in all serious relationships, it is futile to speculate about grand outcomes when everything is at risk in the crisis of exchange.

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