brueggemann’s genesis

We’re preaching many of the passages in Genesis this summer at my church. Studying for the sermon last week and this has reminded me how supremely fantastic Walter Brueggemann‘s commentary on Genesis in the Interpretation series is. He moves with great integrity and ease (so it seems in his writing) from the Genesis text to Christian theological reflection that sets the given passage in the context of the greater canonical narrative. The result of this is an engagement with us in which we are invited implored to immerse ourselves in the story of this God (and it is God who is the focus, not human beings (the “heroic person of faith” and the like). Even more than that, I can hear more clearly God’s voice, speaking to me, commandeering my life today for his story to be played out in worldly affairs.

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