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 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.
“This storied context signals that true discipleship is about avoiding presumption about status and disavowing the pursuit of higher status in the kingdom (cf. 19:27–30; 20:25). Jesus is not providing a revised pathway for gaining status.” (Page 154)
“Plotting refers to the way the story is framed and told” (Page 24)
“Narrative theology avoids taking a snapshot from one part of a Gospel and assuming that this single frame adequately expresses the entirety of the evangelist’s theology on any particular subject. The whole story must be allowed to speak in order for an evangelist’s theology in all its complexity to emerge.” (Page 152)
“Inclusio is a structural feature that bookends a section of narrative, with a repeated word, phrase, or theme placed at the front and at the end of a passage or story segment.” (Page 36)
“Examples from the Gospels include many of the minor characters, such as the two blind men of Matthew 9:27–31. This character pair, like others that appear for just a few lines and then exit the story line, are usually used to exemplify a single characteristic—in this case, faith in Jesus as Messiah (‘son of David’; 9:27).” (Page 68)
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