Reconstructing Old Testament Theology
After the Collapse of History, Second Edition
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In this informative and keen look at contemporary trends in Old Testament theology, Perdue builds on his earlier volume The Collapse of History (1994). He investigates how a variety of perspectives and methodologies have impacted how the Old Testament is read in the twenty-first century including: literary criticism; rhetorical criticism, feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies, liberation theology; Jewish theology; postmodernism; and postcolonialism.
Perdue provides a sensitive reading of the aims of these approaches as well as providing critique and setting them in their various cultural contexts. In his conclusion, the author provides a look at the future and how these various voices and approaches will continue to impact how we carry out Old Testament theology.
"Our common debt to Perdue for this book is very great. His close attention to detail, matched with a capacity to see the larger picture, means that he has in an inventive way formulated something of a 'canonical' account of current scholarship.... Perdue has made clear that every scholarly attempt now must take into account voices other than one's own. The point of that awareness is that every interpretive offer is kept open as penultimate, an important awareness in our culture where interpretation too much takes on the shrill tone of absoluteness."
Walter Brueggemann, from the Editor's Foreword