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Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: An Introduction [Paperback]

By James L. Resseguie (Author)
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Narrative criticism is a relatively recent development that applies literary methods to the study of Scripture. James Resseguie suggests that this approach to reading the Bible treats the text as a self-contained unit and avoids complications raised by other critical methods of interpretation. Resseguie begins with an introductory chapter that surveys the methods of narrative criticism and how they can be used to discover important nuances of meaning through what he describes as a "close reading" of the text. He then devotes chapters to the principal rhetorical devices: setting, point of view, character, rhetoric, plot, and reader. Readers will find here an accessible introduction to the subject of narrative criticism and a richly rewarding approach to reading the Bible. Paperback, 272 pages.

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Narrative criticism is a relatively recent development that applies literary methods to the study of Scripture. James Resseguie suggests that this approach to reading the Bible treats the text as a self-contained unit and avoids complications raised by other critical methods of interpretation.
Resseguie begins with an introductory chapter that surveys the methods of narrative criticism and how they can be used to discover important nuances of meaning through what he describes as a "close reading" of the text. He then devotes chapters to the principal rhetorical devices: setting, point of view, character, rhetoric, plot, and reader.
Readers will find here an accessible introduction to the subject of narrative criticism and a richly rewarding approach to reading the Bible.

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Baker Academic
ISBN  0801027896  
ISBN13  9780801027895  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James L. Resseguie is the J. Russell Bucher Professor of New Testament at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. In 1990 he taught literary theory as Fulbright Professor at the University of Iceland. He is also the author of The Strange Gospel and Revelation Unsealed.

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all the makings of a good story. . .  Apr 19, 2006
Narrative Criticism in the field of biblical studies is an emerging discipline still seeking a common foundation as well as full development. Thus, there need to be good and solid primers which can accurately assess and present the ins and outs of this very important approach to scripture. James L. Resseguie has given us such a volume in this introductory work.

Combining methodology which might be reminiscent of many Literature 101 courses, the author here presents the primary literary devices of rhetoric, setting, character, point of view and plot as a way of better understanding and evaluating the biblical narrative. His approach is very clear and attainable as he uses both secular and sacred examples of each presented category and methodology to demonstrate how such categories can illuminate a given passage. Understanding that most students of scripture (lay or professional) do not necessarily have a grasp or memory of such literary devices, Resseguie clearly offers introductory material without losing himself in a sea of methodology.

What is the big deal about narrative criticism? For a postmodern generation, the increasing emphasis on story and storytelling is quite important and should be understood by those who desire to understand that story. That is to say, there is an overall sense that one is 'learning to read' by working through this book.

Although there is certainly room to disagree with some of the author's applications, that is not the scope of this work. Resseguie does not engage complex debate but only a few times and allows this to be a solid 'introduction' to the methodology of hermeneutic rather than beind distracted by interpretive conclusions. Matters of interpretation certainly have their place, but there is the ongoing sharpening of method to conclusion, conclusion to method.

Highly recommended.
 

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