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Narrator, characters, action, hero, quest, plot, time and space, entrances and exits--these are the essential components of all narrative literature. This authoritative and engaging introduction to the literary features of biblical narrative and poetry will help the reader grasp the full significance of these components, allowing them to enter more perceptively into the na Narrator, characters, action, hero, quest, plot, time and space, entrances and exits--these are the essential components of all narrative literature. This authoritative and engaging introduction to the literary features of biblical narrative and poetry will help the reader grasp the full significance of these components, allowing them to enter more perceptively into the narrative worlds created by the great writers of the Bible.


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Narrator, characters, action, hero, quest, plot, time and space, entrances and exits--these are the essential components of all narrative literature. This authoritative and engaging introduction to the literary features of biblical narrative and poetry will help the reader grasp the full significance of these components, allowing them to enter more perceptively into the na Narrator, characters, action, hero, quest, plot, time and space, entrances and exits--these are the essential components of all narrative literature. This authoritative and engaging introduction to the literary features of biblical narrative and poetry will help the reader grasp the full significance of these components, allowing them to enter more perceptively into the narrative worlds created by the great writers of the Bible.

30 review for Reading Biblical Narrative: An Introductory Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Gardiner

    Easily the worst book I've ever read. Every page was drudgery due to the complex and unclear wording. On top of that, the theology was dreadful. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room numerous times. Here's a sampling of the theology espoused: On 2 Kings 4: "Moreover, being a child of his time the prophet suffers from the traditional notion that every woman considers motherhood the fulfillment of her life, and without paying attention to the fact that she is not very interested, he announces Easily the worst book I've ever read. Every page was drudgery due to the complex and unclear wording. On top of that, the theology was dreadful. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room numerous times. Here's a sampling of the theology espoused: On 2 Kings 4: "Moreover, being a child of his time the prophet suffers from the traditional notion that every woman considers motherhood the fulfillment of her life, and without paying attention to the fact that she is not very interested, he announces that she will have a child." On God/Satan census: "On What we should do is understand that it suits the writer of the composition Joshua through Kings to pin the suggestion on God, whereas it suits the Chronicles author to push Satan forward as the firebrand. One writer’s image of God is totally different than that of the other" "Indeed, we are here confronted with a formidable contradiction, and we should be careful not to massage this away through our own clever reasoning." "Mark presents his own picture of Jesus, which is different than Luke’s. Long live diversity—there may be more than one truth…" "The average believer and the traditional churchgoer assume that if God considers something good or bad, the writer will agree with him. This is based, however, on two identifications that cannot be maintained: firstly, the contention that the character “God” in the biblical text is the same as the supernatural being (the metaphysical entity God) the churchgoer believes in, and secondly, that the writer of course has no choice but to serve this God. The God of the books of Samuel is not exactly the same as the God of Moses, the great orator from Deuteronomy, and something else entirely than the God of Ecclesiastes."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marc Scaturro

    I found this book helpful. Fokkelman gets you thinking about exegesis in an insightful way. This is a great read for anyone wanting to get more out of their Bible. No biblical languages required.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keith Conley

    Superb but technical

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andy Smith

    Approach to narrative that is fresh and (usually, though not always) balances a true belief in the word of God while still being honest in asking questions of the text, and being honest with the narrative.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric Chappell

    Really Helpful. Fokkelman has a keen eye for the narrative and literary features of the Scriptures. Basically teaches by example, walking readers through several biblical stories illuminating the plot, narrator's voice, character, settings of the text. Really Helpful. Fokkelman has a keen eye for the narrative and literary features of the Scriptures. Basically teaches by example, walking readers through several biblical stories illuminating the plot, narrator's voice, character, settings of the text.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Fokkelman has some unique contributions but I found the writing style difficult and the author's anger toward God off-putting. Fokkelman has some unique contributions but I found the writing style difficult and the author's anger toward God off-putting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Cox

    I just remember this being an incredibly slow read with not much to contribute.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    This was a book that I needed for my Genesis class. I definitely learned a few things but didn't find it something mind-blowing at all... This was a book that I needed for my Genesis class. I definitely learned a few things but didn't find it something mind-blowing at all...

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    Matt Hale

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    Rainee Erwin

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    Mark

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    Stacey Douglas

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    Michael Beatty

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    John Higgins

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    Yamikani

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    Carlos André da Cruz Leandro

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Roberts

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