In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts About the Oral Tradition of the Bible

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Storytelling is a key element of our faith, and the Bible is a true repository of faith stories. Stories of God's action in history, rooted in the culture of the people, were handed down in oral fashion, sometimes for generations before they were ever written down. In this latest book, popular author Bill Bausch uses the key of storytelling to help readers approach the Bible with new eyes and hearts. In his conversational style and with many examples and anecdotes, he discusses revelation, truth wrapped in story,...
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Overview

Storytelling is a key element of our faith, and the Bible is a true repository of faith stories. Stories of God's action in history, rooted in the culture of the people, were handed down in oral fashion, sometimes for generations before they were ever written down. In this latest book, popular author Bill Bausch uses the key of storytelling to help readers approach the Bible with new eyes and hearts. In his conversational style and with many examples and anecdotes, he discusses revelation, truth wrapped in story, the difference between print and the oral story, and the chasm between the biblical culture and contemporary culture. Father Bausch believes that God's passionate love is revealed not in doctrine and dogmas but in the stories of Scripture. In the Beginning There Were Stories provides an ideal introduction to reading Scripture, reflecting on it, and discussing it with others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585953615
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 8/26/2004
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,010,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I The Scribal Prejudice
1 Revelation 5
2 Time Marches On 20
3 A Library of Stories 26
4 Hurtful Prejudice 32
5 Oral Story vs. Print 41
6 Under the Mediterranean Sun 57
Part II The Bible As Story
7 Rules of the Story 79
8 The Oral Tradition 91
9 Biblical Curls 104
10 Biblical Expansions 119
11 The Stories Are Tall 126
12 Let's Go to the Movies 135
13 Central Casting 146
14 The Bible as Mirror and Viewpoint 156
15 Told and Scripted 170
Part III History, Sacred and Profane
16 Plot Lines 179
17 His-Story 191
18 Why Stories? 199
Conclusion 204
Bibliography 209
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