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Rethinking David and Goliath

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Rethinking David and Goliath

In Rethinking David and Goliath, Lisa Eary surveys the field of evangelical narrative criticism and then applies her findings to David’s heroic triumph. In the process of doing so, she unveils new insights that are meaningful to researchers and preachers alike.

Learn what evangelical narrative criticism is all about and see it in practice. Understand the viewpoints of the leaders in evangelical narrative criticism—Meir Sternberg, J. Daniel Hays, Tremper Longman, and Joe Sprinkle. Explore the benefits of this approach to studying the Bible.

Rethinking David and Goliath identifies cultural and contextual nuances in 1 Samuel 17 and explores how they affect our interpretation of the text. This book examines David’s story through a broad lens of research—literary criticism, rhetorical criticism, communication theory, intercultural communication, Christian formation, education theory, and the Hebrew language. You will gain insight into these complex fields of scholarship through Eary’s years of curated research.


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Evangelical Narrative Criticism
  • Chapter 3: Reading 1 Samuel 17 through the Perspective and Method of Evangelical Narrative Criticism
  • Chapter 4: The Benefits of Evangelical Narrative Criticism for Biblical Education
  • Chapter 5: Conclusion

Top Highlights

“However the main purpose of the book of Samuel is to teach faith.4” (source)

“The story is less about ‘overcoming giants’ than it is about seeing situations from God’s perspective and acting in faith on that belief.” (source)

“The belief that the story teaches is unambiguous: God will fight for his people, if his people, and particularly his shepherds, obey and believe that he is who he says he is.” (source)

“Instead, readers need to focus on the message that characters are being used to convey about how God works in the world and how by faith readers can be more intimately related with him.” (source)

“The book also says nothing about sacrifice for sin, and David receives forgiveness without making one” (source)

Product Details

  • Title: Rethinking David and Goliath
  • Author: Lisa A. Eary
  • Publisher: Logos Bible Software
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 90

About the Author

Lisa A. Eary holds an MA in Old Testament Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and an MS in Rhetoric and Communication from Michigan Technological University. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor in Christian publishing for over 25 years and has taught writing in colleges in the U.S. and Central Asia. She is currently helping edit the South Asia Bible Commentary and African Bible Commentary series with Langham Partnership.

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