Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

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Fortress Press, 2004 - Religion - 218 pages
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most influential Christian martyrs in history, bequeathed to humanity a legacy of theological creativity and spirituality that continues to intrigue people from a variety of backgrounds. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, a sixteen volume series, offers a fresh, critical translation of Bonhoeffer's writings, with introductions, annotations, and interpretations.The stimulus for the writing of Life Together was the closing of the preacher's seminary at Finkenwalde. The treatise contains Bonhoeffer's thoughts about the nature of Christian community based on the common life that he and his seminarians experienced at the seminary and in the "Brother's House" there. Bonhoeffer completed the writing of Life Together in 1938.Prayerbook of the Bible is a classic of Christian spirituality. In this theological interpretation of the Psalms, Bonhoeffer describes the moods of an individual's relationship with God and also the turns of love and heartbreak, of joy and sorrow, that are themselves the Christian community's path to God.
 

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Life Together offers a very contemporary and neo-monastic explanation of community. Perhaps the most helpful I have encountered so far. The Prayerbook of the Bible portion was good, though I found it more an aid for reflection on the Psalms rather than a reinforcing Christological template advocated by Bonhoeffer. 

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Contents

COMMUNITY
27
THE DAY TOGETHER
48
THE DAY ALONE
81
SERVICE
93
CONFESSION AND THE LORDS SUPPER
108
EDITORS AFTERWORD TO THE GERMAN EDITION
119
Prayerbook of the Bible An Introduction to the Psalms
141
EDITORS INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGLISH EDITION
143
The History of Salvation
165
The Church
167
Life
168
Suffering
169
Guilt
171
Enemies
174
The End
176
EDITORS AFTERWORD TO THE GERMAN EDITION
178

INTRODUCTION
155
Those Who Pray the Psalms
158
Names Music Verse Form
160
The Worship Service and the Psalms
161
Classification
162
Creation
163
The Law
164
CHRONOLOGY OF LIFE TOGETHER AND PRAYERBOOK OF THE BIBLE
182
BIBLIOGRAPHY
185
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
201
INDEX OF NAMES
206
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
209
EDITORS AND TRANSLATORS
217
Copyright

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Born in 1906 in Breslau, Germany, now part of Poland, Dietrich Bonhoeffer became a radical theologian. He was raised in a home where the intellect was honored. His father was a physician and professor of psychiatry at the University of Berlin. Such scholars as the church historian Adolph von Harnack, the theologian and sociohistorian Ernst Troeltsch, and Max Weber, a founder of modern sociology, were frequent guests of the Bonhoeffers. A precocious student who evidenced a degree of independence of thought that was at odds with the reverence in which his fellow students held their professors, Bonhoeffer decided early on the church and theology as his life's work. He was a product of liberal studies that were greatly influenced by Karl Barth. Bonhoeffer's doctoral dissertation, Sanctorum Communio: A Dogmatic Investigation of the Sociology of the Church, was published in 1930, at the time he was teaching theology at the University of Berlin. A year's study in the United States followed and leadership of the World Alliance of Churches, where his flair for languages and his genial disposition won him many friends. His American and British friends tried unsuccessfully to dissuade him from returning to Germany after the rise of Hitler in 1932. But Bonhoeffer returned, and joining the so-called Confessing Church of those who resisted Germanizing the church, he conducted an illegal seminary in Finkenwalde. Out of this experience came his Life Together; out of his struggles to encourage Christians to resist the Nazis came The Cost of Discipleship, his study of the Sermon on the Mount. Although Bonhoeffer escaped military duty by joining the intelligence service, he was eventually arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo and was linked to the attempt on Hitler's life. His Letters and Papers from Prison (translated in 1953), was his testimony of faith; the writing gave the American death of God movement the term religionless Christianity. Bonhoeffer was killed in 1945 while he was in prison in Flossenburg.

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