Who am I?

Some of you who have checked out this blog might wonder, “Who is Dale Brueggemann, and what does he bring to the table in any discussion of typology?” So let me give you a bit of modern bios.

I was born in the first half of the last century, right after the end of World War II, and I grew up in a Christian home. After a couple years of college, I dropped out, joined the US Army, and did my bit in the Vietnam war. After returning home, I became a small-town pastor, first in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (a logging and lumber town) and then in Wilder, Idaho (a farm town).

While I was in Wilder, I made the decision to return to school and finish my BA while I still had the GI Bill to contribute to expenses. I went to Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho (now University) and finished in the Pre-Seminary program, which emphasized biblical studies and philosophy. After that I headed off to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where I did an MA in Religion, then a PhD in Hermeneutics (Old Testament). At Westminster, I had the privilege of studying under some wonderful profs. I think of Richard Gaffin, Vern Poythress, Ray Dillard, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, Moises Silva, Tremper Longman, and Bruce Waltke. During that same period, I became a Fellow at the Center for Computer Analysis of Texts (CCAT) at University of Pennsylvania. At that time, we were producing a morphologically tagged version of the LXX. While at there, I had the privilege of studying and working with Robert Kraft and Emanuel Tov. I especially remember “Tanakh Text Criticism” with Tov, which he taught while writing the Hebrew edition of his monograph on text criticism, and “Scrolls,” in which we doctoral students helped edit a new edition of the Nahal Hever Minor Prophets scroll.

As I was completing my PhD, the Soviet Union was imploding, and opportunities for missionary-educators popped up. I took a foreign missions appointment and became the Assemblies of God (USA) missionary appointed as Executive Director for their Eurasia Education Office. Shortly thereafter, I was also appointed as the Executive Director of the Eurasia Theological Association. In those capacities, I worked with my international colleagues to establish ministerial training schools, to develop curriculum at the various levels, and to guide schools toward relevant accreditation and/or validation.

Research and writing pretty much took a backseat to writing constitutions and bylaws, accreditation manuals, and curriculums. But alongside all the school visits for consultation, I did get to do a lot of teaching in schools, from diploma and BA level courses to MDiv and PhD level seminars. Every chance I got, I would teach Old Testament Theology or Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, or even diploma level “How to Study the Bible” courses. And a significant part of any course like that focused on typology and on the use of the Old Testament in the New. I drew heavily from Patrick Fairbairn’s Typology of Scripture and Leonhard Goppelt’s Typos. Of course, I wrote syllabi for those courses, at their various levels. And now I draw heavily from those as I begin these biblical theology blogs on Theologizer.

After retiring from overseas missions work, I took a position with Logos Mobile Ed as Contributing Editor. The end of April 2018, I retired from that, though I continue in that as a contractor, working about twenty hours a week. I’m hoping retirement gives me space in my life for more research, reflection, and writing. Since I took that missions appointment immediately after finishing my PhD, my research and writing has been limited, but here it is:

  • Worked as translator in Numbers on both editions of the New Living Translation.
  • Brueggemann, Dale A. “Brevard Childs’ Canon Criticism: An Example of Post-Critical Naiveté.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 32, no. 3 (1989): 311–26.
  • _____. “The Use of the Psalter in John’s Apocalypse.” Ph.D. diss. Philadelphia: Westminster Theological Seminary, 1995.
  • Flokstra, Gerard, and Dale A Brueggemann. Classified Core Library Listings: Suggested Core Libraries for 2-Year, 3-Year, and 4-Year Bible Schools. Springfield, MO: Missionary Book Supply, 1996.
  • Brueggemann, Dale A. Singers and Sages: Old Testament Poets and Wisdom Literature. An MDiv level self-study course. SABC Extension Education Curriculum. Cambridge, U.K.: Lulu.com, 2002.
  • _____. “Israel Acquires Empire.” In They Spoke from God: A Survey of the Old Testament, edited by William C. Williams, 457–510. Springfield, MO: Logion, 2003.
  • _____. “Sweet Singers and Sages: Israel’s Poetry and Wisdom.” In They Spoke from God: A Survey of the Old Testament, edited by William C. Williams, 511–54. Springfield, MO: Logion, 2003.
  • _____. “Early Chiliasm: Background and Development of Millenarian Thought.” Paper presented at ETS. Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Valley Forge, PA, 2005.
  • _____. “The Evangelists and the Psalms.” In Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and Approaches, edited by Philip S. Johnston and David G. Firth, 263–78. Leicester, England: Apollos/Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
  • _____. “Notes on Job.” In New Living Translation Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2008.
  • _____. “Psalms: Titles.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings, edited by Tremper Longman, III and Peter Ens, 613–21. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008.
  • _____. “Protection Imagery.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings, edited by Tremper Longman, III and Peter Ens, 525–28. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008.
  • _____. “Numbers.” In Leviticus-Deuteronomy, Philip W. Comfort, gen. ed. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, 215–444. Wheaton IL: Tyndale House, 2008.

In addition to these, I’ve written a host of syllabi, informally published study guides and workbooks, and read papers at various events.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy following along in this blog. And I hope you pitch in with comments wherever that where I hit a nerve, prompt a question, or mention something you want to highlight, question, or support.

3 thoughts on “Who am I?”

  1. Hello Sir, Great to read your blog. A sentence you said during your wisdom literature and poetry lecture at our seminary has remained with me. You said and I quote, “either all of the Psalms is messianic or none of it is.” I have struggled with that line during my study, interpretation and preaching from psalms. You are always in my head when I deal with Psalms. Can you please bring more clarity on that thought in a blog of yours. Thank you.
    Freddy Thomas, a former student of yours from SABC, Bangalore.

    1. I’ll definitely write on this somewhere in this blog. But my basic point about that is that Psalms don’t contain a few Messianic prophecies; indeed, I don’t see any prophecies in the book. Rather, they contain a lot of Davidic materials, hence royal materials addressing his LORD. Then a handy way to orient yourself toward reading the Psalms as Christian Scripture is by using the Psalter as a typological lens for view the Lord Jesus Christ:

      • He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the “LORD” addressed in the Psalter. So every lament, petition, and praise directed toward the LORD God in the Psalms can rightfully be address to the Lord Jesus Christ.
      • He is Jesus Christ the Lord, a fellow psalm singer. He sang the laments on the cross and sings them with us because he’s touched with the feelings of our infirmities. As one who has triumphed over sin and death, he sings the praises and hymns, ever leading us onward to triumph.
      • He is Christ Jesus the Lord, the fulfillment of the typical “Anointed One” found in the Psalms in the person of David the psalmist. He is the Christ, the Anointed One.

      So the New Testament makes heavy use of the psalmist’s words and experiences, viewing them as typology fulfilled in Christ.

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