The Reader s Bible A Narrative

Marvin Halverson in the Religious Drama series (1957–59) contain modern morality, Biblical, and other religiously oriented plays, including works by Auden, Fry, Sayers, Mankowitz, Williams, and Lagerkvist. Notable in modern fiction, ...

The Reader s Bible  A Narrative

Understanding the Bible as an account of the unfolding revelation of God to humankind through history, Roland Mushat Frye suggests that the many sub-plots, monologues, and reflections of the Bible compose a coherent story that continues through both the Old and New Testaments. "The convictions of the Bible, to be sure, are the convictions of religion and ethics," he writes, "but the methods are the methods of literature." Carefully arranging a selection of excerpts that comprise approximately one-fourth of the entire Bible, he enables the reader to follow chronologically the main narrative as well as the most significant asides. With introductory and explanatory material providing transition and background information, the reader progresses from book to book as from chapter to chapter in a novel. Thus, this is called The Reader's Bible because it may be read as a narrative, as a story that unifies consecutive events through which the character of God gradually unfolds. God first appears in the opening of Genesis with the creation of the universe; against this backdrop the human drama is played. We see Everyman and Everywoman endowed with a life in harmony as long as they accept the primacy of God. When they repudiate this primacy, chaos replaces harmony and they find themselves in a wilderness rather than in a garden. God then turns from the attempt to create a righteous and peaceful order for all of humanity to a concentration on one segment of humanity-the race of Abraham--for the development of a conception of human personality and community that may serve as a pattern for all human beings. Professor Frye writes that however miraculous the entrances of God upon the stage may appear to be, they do constitute entrances into ordinary human affairs. These encounters Invite us to look both within and beyond them to what they reveal about God and about ourselves. Concerned with the matter of living here and hereafter, the different biblical histories and stories are brought together to provide cumulative insight into human nature and destiny.

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The Reader's Bible, A Narrative
Language: en
Pages: 640
Authors: Roland Mushat Frye
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-11 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Understanding the Bible as an account of the unfolding revelation of God to humankind through history, Roland Mushat Frye suggests that the many sub-plots, monologues, and reflections of the Bible compose a coherent story that continues through both the Old and New Testaments. "The convictions of the Bible, to be
The Reader's Bible, a Narrative
Language: en
Pages: 591
Authors: Roland Mushat Frye
Categories: Bible
Type: BOOK - Published: 1965 - Publisher:

Understanding the Bible as an account of the unfolding revelation of God to humankind through history, Roland Mushat Frye suggests that the many sub-plots, monologues, and reflections of the Bible compose a coherent story that continues through both the Old and New Testaments. "The convictions of the Bible, to be
Wom(b)an: A Cultural-Narrative Reading of the Hebrew Bible Barrenness Narratives
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Janice P. De-Whyte
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-06-28 - Publisher: BRILL

In this book Janice Ewurama De-Whyte offers a reading of the Hebrew Bible barrenness narratives. Barrenness was the threat to female honour and the lineage’s continuity. Therefore, the word “wom(b)an” visually underscores the centrality of the productive womb to female identity.
Closure in Biblical Narrative
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Susan Zeelander
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-23 - Publisher: BRILL

Multiple and sometimes unexpected forms of closure in biblical narratives bring their stories to satisfactory close. Knowledge of these conventions and how they affect their stories is valuable to students of Bible and of narrative.
Reading the Bible as Literature
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Jeanie C. Crain
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-08-09 - Publisher: Polity

This book provides the ideal entry-point to the process of reading, understanding, and assessing what many recognize to be the important and powerful literature of the Bible. The book introduces the tools of literary analysis, including: language and style, the formal structures of genre, character study, and thematic analysis.