Narrative Criticism

In an attempt to help the students understand reading the Bible as a narrative, I asked them to get into their groups and identify what their favorite TV / Book series is? I also asked:

  • If you were trying to help people get into the series, what episode/episodes would you recommend?
  • Any episodes you would skip?
  • If someone ONLY watched your favorite episodes what misconceptions might they have?
  • To truly understand do they HAVE to watch/read the whole series?

This led us naturally into a conversation about the way they have read the Bible growing up (which was randomly episodic) and the way source and form criticism reads the text (which is also randomly episodic). It was a good conversation, and they seemed to come at the text with fresh eyes when making the association.

Robert Wallace

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