Posts Tagged ‘Narrative’

  • Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Feb 13, 17 • Genesis, NarrativeNo Comments
    Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Details in biblical narrative matter. Every detail in biblical narrative is significant. Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” sounds puzzling. The old-fashioned language doesn’t help. What’s worse, he means the opposite of what it seems mean. Yet his insight is really helpful. Bible stories only tell details or give descriptions [&hellip...

  • Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Feb 26, 13 • Culture, Narrative, Reading, Ruth2 Comments
    Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Here’s the video version of this podcast (the audio only version is here). It offers another approach to Ruth, this time borrowing from the Swiss scholar Crapon di Caprona and suggesting a reading of Ruth 2 that takes account of the cultural discrepancy implied in the text… what DO you think...

  • Direct speech in biblical narratives

    Feb 15, 13 • 1 Samuel, Jonah, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Direct speech in biblical narratives
    Direct speech in biblical narratives

    There are many ways in which the story-tellers of the Bible ensure that their tellings are lively and engaging. One is through the way they report speech. There is usually more “direct speech” (where the words of a character are “quoted”) then “indirect speech” (where the teller tells us the gist of what the character [&hellip...

  • Chance or Providence?

    Feb 13, 13 • Gapping, Genesis, Narrative, Ruth3 Comments
    Chance or Providence?

    Often in biblical narrative things “just seem to happen”, rather like they do in our lives 😉 But are such “happenings” chance or divine providence at work? We’ll try to decide, using Gen 37:12ff. (read with Gen 39) and Ruth 2 as examples.  ...

  • An Introduction to Gapping

    Nov 7, 12 • 1&2 Corinthians, Gapping, NarrativeComments Off on An Introduction to Gapping
    An Introduction to Gapping

    Gapping, where hearers have to “fill in” information that is missing in the text, is a really significant part of biblical story-telling. So, I’ll need to introduce the idea to next year’s Biblical Narrative class. Normally we “gap” unconsciously, and not just when reading narratives as I hope I’ll show you in this podcast. We’ll [&hellip...

  • Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored?

    Sep 17, 12 • Judges, Narrative, Sex8 Comments
    Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored?

    Judges is definitely not suitable for Sunday School reading, the bits that are told are firmly censored, and few of us go back to notice what we are missing. But, if we do, what we find is a book chock full of horrid twisted tales, brutal, brutish and sadly not short. Why? Can such a [&hellip...

  • Peace and war: 1 Kings 20:18

    Aug 25, 12 • 1 Kings, NarrativeComments Off on Peace and war: 1 Kings 20:18
    Peace and war: 1 Kings 20:18

    Jeremy Thompson pointed out on Facebook the interesting verse in 1 Kings 20:18 where Ben-Hadad having had a bit too much too drink when Israel comes out for battle: Says: 18 “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive.” Which as far as [&hellip...

  • The structure and organisation of the book of Jonah

    Jul 18, 12 • Jonah, Narrative, StructureComments Off on The structure and organisation of the book of Jonah
    The structure and organisation of the book of Jonah

    Jonah is carefully and neatly structured into four acts (the chapters): Act one: Jon 1:1-16 Pagan sailors converted Scene one: Jonah’s commission 1:1-3 Scene two: On a ship in a storm Jon 1:4-16 Jon 1:17 (MT & LXX 2:1) bridge Act two: Jon 2:1-10 Jonah talks to God Scene three: in the belly of the [&hellip...

  • Bridges in Biblical Narrative

    Jul 17, 12 • Jonah, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Bridges in Biblical Narrative
    Bridges in Biblical Narrative

    Like soap-operas, and other serials, biblical narratives with several episodes often seek to bridge between two parts. These bridges are often verses that serve to link one episode to another. We’ll look at examples from Ruth, Jonah and Genesis 2-...

  • Clumsiness in biblical narrative: Jonah 1:10 (Be afraid, be very afraid)

    Jun 1, 12 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Clumsiness in biblical narrative: Jonah 1:10 (Be afraid, be very afraid)
    Clumsiness in biblical narrative: Jonah 1:10 (Be afraid, be very afraid)

    Biblical narrative is seldom clumsy and not often more complicated than it needs to be. So apparent clumsiness is usually intended to show us something. As I hope to convince you it does in Jonah 1:10.  ...