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Book of the month - June

Date added: 12 April 2017

God, Neighbour, Empire

The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good

Walter Brueggemann


Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and then sustains covenantal relationships. The nature of this relationship decisively depends upon the conduct, practice, and policy of the covenant partner, yet is radically rooted in the character and agency of God, the One who makes promises, initiates covenant, and sustains relationship.

In God, Neighbour, Empire, renowned Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann brings us a characteristically penetrating and provocative account of the ways in which the Old Testament is offered as an alternative to the imperial narrative that dominates ordinary imagination both in ancient times and in the present.

Urgent and timely, the book suggests that the covenant of God in the witness of biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community should resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of empire through a life of radical neighbour love.


"In a society that commoditizes nearly all aspects of life, Walter Brueggemann presses Scripture's summons to a neighborliness attuned to the well-being of the human community and the ecology of creation. God, Neighbor, Empire sets its compass to truths from ancient Israel, but it is a map for finding our way in a contemporary world where 'liberty and justice for all' is often hard to find."

-Samuel E. Balentine, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary


SCM Press

Paperback 9780334055624

RRP £19.99

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