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Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

Hopeful Imagination

Prophetic Voices in Exile

Walter Brueggemann (Author)


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Professor Brueggemann here examines the literature and experience of an era in which Israel's prophets faced the pastoral responsibility of helping people to enter into exile, to be in exile, and to depart out of exile. He addresses three major prophetic traditions: Jeremiah (the pathos of God), Ezekiel (the holiness of God), and 2 Isaiah (the newness of God). This literature is seen to contain the theological resources for handling both brokenness and surprise — with freedom, courage, and imagination. Throughout, Brueggemann demonstrates how these resources offer vitality for ministry today.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800619251
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date January 1, 1986


"The poet in exile sings his people to homecoming. And that is a theme to which the exiled church in America is now summoned. The gospel is that we may go home."

Table of Contents


    Introduction: Exile and the Voice of Hope

    Part 1: Only Grief Prmits Newness

  1. Jeremiah—Designed for Conflict
  2. "Because No One Cares" (Jer. 30:12-17)

    Part 2: Only Holiness Gives Hope

  3. Ezekiel—Tough and Submissive
  4. "For the Sake of My Holy Name" (Ezek. 36:22-32)

    Part 3: Only Memory Allows Possibility

  5. Second Isaiah—Homecoming to a New Home
  6. "Sing, O Barren One" (Isa. 54:1-17)

    Conclusion: Hurt as Hope's Home


    Publisher's Note