STRUGGLING WITH SCRIPTURE by Walter Brueggemann, Placher & Blount ($9.95)*

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Challenging the traditional meaning of Scripture is not easy, even in the face of issues that call into question those traditional interpretations. In these reflections, Brueggemann says that the Bible, as the live word of the living God will not submit to the accounts we prefer to give of it. The Bible's inherent, central evangelical proclamation has greater and more permanent authority than our inescapably provisional interpretations. Placher notes that taking the Bible most seriously means struggling to understand its meaning as well as affirming its truth. And Blount distinguishes what some may claim as a "last word," which is necessarily a dead word, from the living word that is God's word to us today. "In Struggling with Scripture, each of the three authors offers an essay on the authority of the Bible. The material is in-depth and very well-written." -- Youthworker Magazine

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is widely published, and most recently with Westminster John Knox Press has published First and Second Samuel (Interpretation), Isaiah (2 volumes) (Westminster Bible Companion), and Cadences of Home.

William C. Placher is Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is the author of Unapologetic Theology; Readings in the History of Christian Theology (2 volumes); A History of Christian Theology: An Introduction; and Narratives of a Vulnerable God, all from Westminster John Knox Press.

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. His recent publications include Making Room at the Table (Westminster John Knox Press), which he edited with Nora Tubbs Tisdale.

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