God's Command to Speak Out
By Walter Brueggemann
From one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of our times, a new and timely book on the Christian imperative to speak out against injustice.
Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.
Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Widely considered one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time, he is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, The Prophetic Imagination and The Message of the Psalms.
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22 Feb 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton
Compelling — Premier Christianity
Highly recommended — Church of England Newspaper
4 stars **** — Premier Christianity
Brueggemann couches his arguments in clear language and uses memorable metaphors... An easy and enjoyable read... The deceptively simple prose contains profoundly challenging ideas. — Baptist Times
well worth reading, pondering, re-reading and discussing — Progressive Voices
Brueggemann highlights the ways, in scripture, in which speaking out unbalanced the status quo... there is much to challenge us today. — Church Times