Review in: Interpretation 2008 62: 334Review door: John M. Bracke
Gevonden op: http://int.sagepub.com/content/62/3/334.1.full.pdf+html
The Theology of the Book of Jeremiahby Walter Brueggemann
Old Testament Theology. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2007.
213 pp. $18.99. ISBN 978-0-521-69629-5.
THIS BOOK INAUGURATES a new Cambridge Press series, Old Testament Theology, that intends to allow "specialists [to] explore the theological richness of a given book at greater length than is usually possible in the introductions to commentaries or as part of other Old Testament theologies" (p. iii). True to the series' purpose, Walter Brueggemann offers a sustained reflection on the theological claims of the book of Jeremiah.
In the book's first section, Brueggemann reviews critical scholarship to demonstrate how reflection on the complexity of the book of Jeremiah can contribute to a theological reading. An example is his discussion of the problem of the relationship of poetry and prose in Jeremiah. He suggests that prose material provides a theological thematization of the book's poignant, but often complex and unclear, poetry (p. 35). The second section focuses on the theology of the book of Jeremiah under the rubric of the sovereignty of God. Brueggemann understands that the book of Jeremiah reflects on God's sovereignty in the light of the crisis of 587 B.C.E. He asserts that in Jeremiah, YHWH is portrayed as "a sovereign God who practices fidelity" but also as "a faithful God who practices sovereignty" (p. 132). In a third section, Brueggemann suggests ways that the theology of the book of Jeremiah relates to other OT books. He proposes that Jeremiah is a "pivot" into which flow theological concerns from the books of Deuteronomy, Hosea, Psalms, and Proverbs, and out of which flow theological issues found in later OT traditions such as Job, Obadiah, Jonah, Ezra, Chronicles, and Daniel. In conclusion, Brueggemann suggests compelling connections between the theology of the book of Jeremiah, the NT, and the twenty-first century.
Those familiar with Brueggemann's extensive writings on Jeremiah will find here much that is familiar. In this book, Brueggemann has an opportunity to articulate his mature theological reflections on Jeremiah in a way that is quite helpful to pastors and teachers. However, it is not a book for beginners. The more one knows about the diversity of Jeremiah scholarship, the better one will appreciate this book's arguments and be able to locate Brueggemann's perspectives.
JOHN M. BRACKE
EDEN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI