Walter Brueggemann

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Walter Brueggemann's life as a Biblical scholar encompasses a breath-taking span: from childhood on a Nebraska prairie receiving electricity for the first time, to a Facebook page and a new book on Kindle. A graduate of Elmhurst College, Professor Brueggemann went on to study at the Eden Theological Seminary, receiving his Doctorate of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from St. Louis University.


The son of a minister of the German Evangelical Synod of North America, he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He was professor of Old Testament and Dean at Eden Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1986, he served as William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, from where he retired in the early 2000s.


He has devoted his life to a passionate exploration of Old Testament theology, with an emphasis on the relation between the Old Testament and the Christian canonical works, the origins and history of Christian doctrine, and the dynamics of Jewish-Christian interactions. His 58 books, hundreds of sermons, and worldwide lecture events have deeply influenced contemporary theology and biblical exegesis.


A famous preacher once declared, at a conference on preaching, “If there was only one book that every preacher should have in his or her possession, it should be Walter Brueggemann's The Message of the Psalms. Any preacher who does not use Brueggemann as a companion in preparation of sermons is cheating herself or himself and their respected congregations!"