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Walter Brueggemann (born 1933) is an American Old Testament scholar and author, born in Tilden, Nebraskamarker the son of a Methodist minister. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Brueggemann received an A.B. from Elmhurst College (1955), a B.D. from Eden Theological Seminarymarker (1958), a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminarymarker, New York (1961), and Ph.D. from Saint Louis Universitymarker (in 1974). He was professor of Old Testament (1961-1986) and Dean (1968-1982) at Eden Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1986, he served as William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminarymarker, from where he retired in the early 2000s.

Brueggemann is an advocate and practitioner of rhetorical criticism. He has authored more than 58 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. He is also a contributor to a number of the Living the Questions DVD programs and is featured in the program "Countering Pharaoh's Production-Consumption Society Today." Brueggemann participated in Bill Moyers' 1990s PBS television series on Genesis (documented in Genesis: A Living Conversation. Main Street Books, 1997. ISBN 0-385-49043-7). He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Dr. Brueggemann currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio (2008).

Among his honors are:
  • LL.D., DePauw University, 1984
  • D.D., Virginia Theological Seminary, 1988
  • D.H.Litt., Doane College, 1990
  • D.D., Jesuit School of Theology, 1993
  • D.Litt., Colgate University, 1997
  • D.H.Litt., Elmhurst College, 1997

There is also a festschrift in his honor: God in the Fray: A Tribute to Walter Bruggemann (eds. Tod Linafelt and Timothy K. Beal, Minneapolis: Fortress Press).


  • The Prophetic Imagination. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1978. ISBN.
  • Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1982. ISBN-X.
  • The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1984. ISBN.
  • Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986. ISBN.
  • Hope Within History. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1987. ISBN.
  • To Pluck Up, to Tear Down: A Commentary on the Book of Jeremiah 1–25: International Theological Commentary on the Old Testament. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988. ISBN.
  • Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1989. ISBN.
  • First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1990. ISBN.
  • To Build, to Plant: A Commentary on Jeremiah 26–52: International Theological Commentary on the Old Testament. Continuum International Publishing Group, 1991. ISBN.
  • Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. ISBN.
  • Abiding Astonishment: Psalms, Modernity, and the Making of History. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1991. ISBN.
  • Texts under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993. ISBN.
  • "The Book of Exodus". In The New Interpreter's Bible. Vol. 1. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994. ISBN.
  • A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998. ISBN-X.
  • Isaiah 1–39. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. ISBN.
  • Isaiah 40–66. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. ISBN.
  • 1 & 2 Kings: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2000. ISBN.
  • Deuteronomy: Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries. Abingdon Press, 2001. ISBN.
  • Prophetic Imagination. 2d ed. Fortress Press, 2001. ISBN.
  • David's Truth: In Israel's Imagination and Memory. 2d ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002. ISBN.
  • The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith. 2d ed. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Fortress Press, 2002. ISBN.
  • Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. ISBN.
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. ISBN.
  • Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann. Fortress Press, 2003. ISBN
  • The Book That Breathes New Life: Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology. 2005. ISBN.
  • Theology of the Old Testament. Fortress Press, 2005. ISBN.
  • The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006. ISBN.
  • Praying the Psalms. 2d ed. Cascade Books, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55635-283-6.

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