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Telling God's Story: Bible, Church and Narrative Theology

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Overview

Narrative theology emphasizes the priority of the story of Jesus Christ because the story precedes categorizing or conceptualizing. An exercise in postmodern narrative theology, this book shows how the distinction between narrative and story enables one to read the Bible as a single story that finds its focus in Christ. Loughlin sees the Church as the telling and continuation of Christ's story, with the Bible and the community as the context in which Christ makes himself known and available for faith.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...offers some unique insights into the problem of approaching the Bible as literature....is a very worthwhile venture that expands and offers challenging philosophical views of Scripture....an excellent resource for serious students of theology." Christianity and Literature

"The work is well-written and moves briskly..." Thomas Guarino, First Things

"Gerard Loughlin's prefatory promise to present a theology centered on the story of Jesus is fulfilled in this book....To those looking for a postmodern theology firmly rooted in Christian tradition, or in search of an excellent source of intellectual nourishment...I recommend Telling God's Story." Annette Ahern, The Canadian Catholic Review

"This is a book for persons who are serious in examining the story of Jesus and, thus, the story of the Church." Sherri Ayn Chapin, Lexington Theological Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521665155
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Preface to the paperback edition; Prologue: at the end of the book: 1. Future now; Part I. Consuming Text: 2. Around Christ; 3. Character/circumstance/community; Part II. Reading and Writing: 4. Making it plain; 5. True stories; Part III. Linkages: 6. The event of God; 7. Only love; Epilogue: in the middle of the story; 8. Eating the word; Bibliography; Index.

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