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God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative
     

God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative

by Delia Touchton Halverson
 
The Bible is filled with carefully told stories that are designed to reach from their pages into our lives. They reach out to entertain us. They cause us to laugh or make us cry. But most importantly, the stories in the Bible shape our thinking and our faith. This book honors the role of God as storyteller and explores how God's inspired authors carefully select and

Overview

The Bible is filled with carefully told stories that are designed to reach from their pages into our lives. They reach out to entertain us. They cause us to laugh or make us cry. But most importantly, the stories in the Bible shape our thinking and our faith. This book honors the role of God as storyteller and explores how God's inspired authors carefully select and present an event so as to instill it with meaning. In order to deepen our appreciation of the storyteller's craft, this book surveys the traditional categories of narrative criticism to see how the design of scene, plot, characterization, narration, time, and wordplay shape the story we read. But the reader will also find a considerable portion of this book devoted to a new form of narrative analysis-narrative geography. Since the stories of the Bible are filled not only with people but also with place, we note how the storyteller may strategically use, reuse, and nuance geography as part of the storytelling process. As we come to a fuller appreciation of how the events of the Bible become its stories, we will have set the stage for a discussion of the reader's craft, seeking meaning in such stories. In the end, the reader will be rewarded with a new and exciting way of reading God's stories that appreciates not only their composition but also their meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827212541
Publisher:
Chalice Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John A. Beck is a former associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Concordia University Wisconsin who has written extensively about the function of geography in biblical narratives, including the "Geography" entry in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation (Baker Academic Press, 2006). Currently a guide in Israel for Bible World Seminars, he is the author of The Land of Milk and Honey (Concordia Academic Press, 2006).

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