Posts Tagged ‘Narrative’

  • Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    Sep 2, 09 • Gender, Narrative, Reading, Ruth6 Comments
    Ruth is from Moab, but Boaz is from Bethlehem

    After looking at Direct speech in biblical narratives and especially how the manner of speaking characterises Boaz and Naomi in the book of Ruth and a side glance at the question of whether Ruth’s very arrival at Boaz’ field was chance or not (in Chance or Providence?) I’d like now to suggestthat thinking more deeply [&hellip...

  • Typescenes and the book of Ruth

    Jul 11, 09 • Exodus, Genesis, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Typescenes and the book of Ruth
    Typescenes and the book of Ruth

    Typescene sounds like a typical technical term scholars use make Bible stories dull 🙁 In this podcast I hope to show you it’s exactly the opposite and that by spending 5 minutes learning about typescenes you can discover a livelyness you may have missed, even in a well-loved story like Ruth. (Other passage you should [&hellip...

  • Cliché Theology: Joshua 11:1-9

    Nov 24, 07 • Cliché, Joshua, Theology1 Comment
    Cliché Theology: Joshua 11:1-9

    Sometimes a good old-fashioned cliché is the best way to achieve your desired effect, and communicate your theological message. I’ll illustrate this using Joshua 11:1-9. The story of how Jabin of Hazor and all his allied kings were defeated by Joshua and Israel. (With some help from their friend!)...

  • Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!

    Aug 24, 07 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!
    Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!

    The puzzle of Jonah’s actions, and other strange goings-on don’t stop in Jonah 1:3, but deepen (pun intended) as we begin to read on… we meet the ship that had plans of its own and hear echoes of Santa Claus in the telling of Jonah’s story&#...

  • Jonah 1:2: three little words

    Aug 24, 07 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Jonah 1:2: three little words
    Jonah 1:2: three little words

    Continuing the series on Jonah, we rush ahead into the second verse of the book, only to spot yet again possibly more than one meaning. Jonah’s task however is clear. By the way I am sorry about the long delays recently, I hope to post more regularly again, but not till after enjoying a two [&hellip...

  • Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1

    Jun 7, 07 • Genesis, NarrativeComments Off on Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1
    Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1

    Stephen suggested I do a ‘cast about the Babel story, so here it is… a first ‘cast about Babel. In this one I’ll begin with points of view and language. Since this will have to be a series we’ll follow up from there later! For more about “point of view” and “frames” you could see [&hellip...

  • Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    May 28, 07 • Genesis, NarrativeComments Off on Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24
    Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” can sound puzzling. Here I’ll try to explain it with reference to some trivial but intriguing details in Genesis 24. Reading the chapter in the Hebrew class we spotted several minor details in the telling that suggest, or hint… well, listen and find out [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible: Part 2: Still Introducing Saul

    Apr 20, 07 • 1 Samuel, Humour, Narrative2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible: Part 2: Still Introducing Saul

    Here’s a second instalment of Saul’s introduction… if when you are listening you have a Bible handy, open it to 1 Sam 9:11ff. [NB the screencast below includes both parts. Unlike the audio which sticks to the 5 minute format...

  • Humour in the Bible: Part 1: Introducing Saul

    Apr 19, 07 • 1 Samuel, Humour, Narrative6 Comments
    Humour in the Bible: Part 1: Introducing Saul

    This is the first of what might need to be a long series! Just to do justice to the introduction of Saul in 1 Sam 9 I’ll need at least 2 posts… except the “video”  version is a bumper compendium edition that merges parts 1 & 2 together&#...