Brueggemann on the Canonizing Process

Have continued reading Brueggeman’s An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible this afternoon.  Since I didn’t get a great deal of Brueggemann in seminary I didn’t realize how quotable he is.  Some of this may be old hat to some of my readers, but I liked this little gem from chapter 2 (sorry, no page number for you – reading on my Kindle 2):

… while there are surely tensions of the kind that can be identified critically, Israel in its theological self-articulation insisted always on taking seriously both sides of the tension, and finally refused to opt for either side as a full and faithful resolution of its way with YHWH.  This is evident in the canonizing process, which in the end is an accommodation of accents in tension in the community of faith.

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