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Brueggemann (William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary), author of 14 books on Scriptural themes, has published an important, ground breaking theology of the Old Testament. Building on such giants as Walther Eichrodt's Theology of the Old Testament (1968), Gerhard von Rad's Old Testament Theology (1962), and B.S. Childs, whose methodology emphasizes a canonical approach to biblical exegesis, Brueggemann posits a new paradigm in biblical scholarship by focusing on the metaphor of the courtroom trial, which is found in the Old Testament and whose fundamental elements are testimony, dispute, and advocacy. The book is structured in five parts. The first two chapters examine preliminary critical scholarly issues in biblical exegesis. Parts 1 through 4 study various aspects of Israel's testimony (e.g., the core testimony in part 1; the embodied testimony in part 4). The fifth section provides an analysis for theological interpretation. Helpful index of biblical references and an index of names. Inclusion of a general subject index would be very helpful in this instance. Very highly recommended for all academic libraries, especially for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. P. C. Murray Pope John XXIII National Seminary
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