The Gospels as Stories: A Narrative Approach to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

The Gospels as Stories: A Narrative Approach to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

by Jeannine K. Brown


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Popular writer and teacher Jeannine Brown shows how a narrative approach illuminates each of the Gospels, helping readers see the overarching stories. This book offers a corrective to tendencies to read the Gospels piecemeal, one story at a time. It is filled with numerous examples and visual aids that show how narrative criticism brings the text to life, making it an ideal supplementary textbook for courses on the Gospels. Readers will gain hands-on tools and perspectives to interpret the Gospels as whole stories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801049842
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 764,282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. She is the author of Scripture as Communication and two commentaries on Matthew and is a coeditor of the revised Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction
1. The Turn to Gospels as Stories: Narrative Criticism in Gospel Studies
Part 2: Plot and Plotting
2. The Selection, Sequence, and Shape of the Story
3. Narrative Plotting in the Gospel of Luke
Part 3: Character and Characterization
4. The People in the Story
5. Matthew's Characterization of the Disciples
Part 4: Intertextuality
6. The Stories behind the Story
7. Intertextuality in John: Passover Lamb and Creation's Renewal
Part 5: Narrative Theology
8. How a Story Theologizes
9. The God of Mark's Gospel
Part 6: Conclusion
10. The Ongoing Power of the Gospels as Stories
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