While conservative interpreters might believe that prophets were predictors and progressives believe the prophets to be simply social advocates, Walter Brueggemann argues that the prophets were “emancipated imaginers of alternative.” Emancipated from the dominant thinking of their societies, the prophets imagined an alternative reality and invited listeners to join them in their commitment to that new reality.
In this collection of studies, popular biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann explores the Major Prophets, the Minor Prophets, and the prophets of the Persian Age. By highlighting the common themes of judgment and hope found in the prophets’ messages, Brueggemann invites readers to consider what those messages mean for us today.
Questions for reflection conclude each chapter, making From Judgment to Hope perfect for individual or group study.
“Pastors and teachers looking for resources for a Christian education series will welcome this book. It is perfect for a six or eight-week adult Bible study…. This is a very user-friendly guide to the prophets, and for that reason alone it is valuable for congregations. Yet, this is not its only importance. Readers who take the prophets seriously as guides to faithful living will find here rich reflections for contemporary life.”
—The Presbyterian Outlook