By Walter Brueggemann
Each book in this series provides an in-depth look at a major recurring theme in the Bible and its lasting theological influence. The series is designed to enhance the reader's understanding of our biblical heritage and its relevance to faithful life today.
Brueggemann traces the concept of shalom -- the biblical vision of one community embracing all creation -- through the Old and New Testaments.
He offers an in-depth analysis of the major scriptural references, links the vision of shalom to the search for peace and justice in the world today, and shows we can work toward it in our congregations and in our everyday lives.
"""This book can provide the preacher with ideas and images for particular sermons. It could also inspire sermon series in a war-charged ethos. This study...shows that the theme of shalom (peace) is at the heart of both testaments. Brueggemann, in a sentence that shows why he is, perhaps, the most widely read and quoted biblical expositor in our time, says that shalom is the vision that 'all of creation is one, every creature in community with every other, living in harmony and security toward the well-being of every other creature.' The author explores manifestations of this motif in passages in locations as far apart as Genesis, Leviticus, the Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Micah, Matthew, Luke-Acts, John, Galatians, Ephesians. Brueggemann believes that shalom is truly ecumenical (in the root sense of oikoumen=for the whole world): shalom is for 'haves' and not 'have-nots.'""
“The theme of peace, which could not be more timely today, is traced from the book of Genesis through the teachings of Jesus. Issues such as freedom, covenant, and ethics are woven into its fabric. Though scholarly itself, the book is intended for readers who may not be scholars but who are serious about the actual living of peace. Brueggemann’s dual concern of commitment to social responsibility and to the life of the Church are evident throughout.”
—The Bible Today