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Dr. Walter Brueggemann "What's In Your Wallet?" 10-28-17

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Walter Brueggemann's biblical teachings emphasize healing, liberation, and societal critique. The segment explores economic exploitation, wealth extraction, and biblical responses like jubilee and the Exodus story. It delves into historical and biblical examples of extractive economies, emphasizing neighborly economic justice and solidarity. The narrative of Zacchaeus in Luke exemplifies rejecting oppressive systems for a righteous life. The discussion on Galatians contrasts extractive laws with spiritual fruits, advocating for a more humane society. The video concludes by highlighting the church's role in promoting a neighborly economy and abundance for all through the Eucharist.

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Highlights of Walter Brueggemann's Biblical Scholarship
02:20
Walter Brueggemann is a prolific scholar in biblical studies, known for applying biblical information to current world events and personal lives.
Brueggemann's work emphasizes healing, liberation, wholeness, and redemption, encouraging action to address societal issues.
The video also discusses the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation, highlighting Martin Luther's challenge to the church's monetization of God's grace through indulgences.
Impact of monetization on society and the church.
06:43
Historical extraction of wealth from vulnerable individuals and transfer to powerful figures.
Need for reform in both the church and society, connecting economic exploitation to biblical principles.
Discussion on regressive taxation, exploitative financial practices, and wealth inequality.
Recommendation of literature on the economy of extraction for further exploration.
Economic wealth in the United States has been built on slavery and maintaining others in debt for cheap labor.
10:56
The concept of jubilee, or canceling debt, is suggested as a solution to address economic inequality.
War is seen as a profitable venture for the wealthy, leading to a perpetuation of conflicts.
Poor individuals are systematically targeted by the justice system, particularly through mass incarceration.
Wealthy individuals often escape consequences for financial scams, highlighting disparities in the justice system.
The segment explores the extractive economy and its biblical perspective.
16:59
Pharaoh's resource accumulation in Genesis and Exodus resulted in economic dependency and slavery.
Extractive practices often lead to violence against marginalized groups.
The Exodus story serves as a response to the extractive economy, highlighting the journey to freedom and the difficulties of transitioning to a new economic model.
The church is called to promote an alternative economy based on neighborliness.
Contrast between wilderness and Pharaoh's control and Sabbath rest.
23:45
Solomon depicted as a great extractor through regressive taxation, forced labor, and tribute money.
Opulence of Solomon's rule showcases self-indulgence and exploitation.
Call for deeper understanding of Bible's teachings and critical examination of power dynamics and wealth accumulation.
The narrative of Solomon and the Persian Empire: a reflection on extraction regimes.
29:33
The narrative points to a prophetic movement for economic justice as essential and non-negotiable.
Scholarly focus on the dominance of the Persian Empire over the Holy Land during the Persian period.
The prayer of Israa in Nehemiah 9 reveals despair over being slaves in their own land under foreign rule.
The deep pressure of extraction through the tax system of the empire is showcased in the narrative.
The narrative in Nehemiah 9 focuses on the exploitation of Jews by other Jews in Persia.
36:43
Exploitative taxation was a key issue, leading Nehemiah to confront those responsible and create a covenant.
The covenant resulted in a redistribution of taxation, promoting solidarity among Jewish communities.
The text emphasizes the consequences of aligning with oppressive systems and the importance of maintaining true identity and values.
It sheds light on the economic and social dynamics of the time, showing a complex web of power and cooperation.
The transformation of Zacchaeus in Luke 19 highlights the theme of finding an alternative identity in the Gospel of Luke.
44:08
Zacchaeus promises to repay those he defrauded and rejects his support for the Roman Empire.
Other instances in Luke, such as the Magnificat of Mary and the parable of the rich man in Luke 12, emphasize rejecting greed and materialism.
Jesus calls his disciples to prioritize justice over accumulation of wealth.
The narrative showcases a different way of life centered on righteousness and justice.
The section examines the letter to the Galatians and its challenge to the law of extraction and the Roman Empire's extractive regime.
53:07
It contrasts the negative consequences of living by these laws with the positive outcomes of embodying the fruits of the spirit like love, joy, and patience.
Following the grace of God is emphasized as a path to creating a more humane and peaceful society.
The importance of alternative economies centered on community enhancement and the common good is highlighted in the video.
The concept of a neighborly economy is discussed as an alternative to extraction practices in society.
58:33
Extraction economies have been normalized throughout history.
The gospel offers an alternative economy of neighborliness.
The church plays a role in navigating tensions between different economies.
The Eucharist symbolizes abundance for all and the importance of remembering one's true identity.