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God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative [Paperback]

By John A. Beck (Author)
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The Bible is filled with carefully told stories that are designed to reach from their pages into our lives. They reach out to entertain us. They cause us to laugh or make us cry. But most importantly, the stories in the Bible shape our thinking and our faith. This book honors the role of God as storyteller and explores how God's inspired authors carefully select and present an event so as to instill it with meaning. In order to deepen our appreciation of the storyteller's craft, this book surveys the traditional categories of narrative criticism to see how the design of scene, plot, characterization, narration, time, and wordplay shape the story we read. But the reader will also find a considerable portion of this book devoted to a new form of narrative analysis-narrative geography. Since the stories of the Bible are filled not only with people but also with place, we note how the storyteller may strategically use, reuse, and nuance geography as part of the storytelling process. As we come to a fuller appreciation of how the events of the Bible become its stories, we will have set the stage for a discussion of the reader's craft, seeking meaning in such stories. In the end, the reader will be rewarded with a new and exciting way of reading God's stories that appreciates not only their composition but also their meaning.

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The Bible is filled with carefully told stories that are designed to reach from their pages into our lives. They reach out to entertain us. They cause us to laugh or make us cry. But most importantly, the stories in the Bible shape our thinking and our faith. This book honors the role of God as storyteller and explores how God's inspired authors carefully select and present an event so as to instill it with meaning. In order to deepen our appreciation of the storyteller's craft, this book surveys the traditional categories of narrative criticism to see how the design of scene, plot, characterization, narration, time, and wordplay shape the story we read. But the reader will also find a considerable portion of this book devoted to a new form of narrative analysis-narrative geography. Since the stories of the Bible are filled not only with people but also with place, we note how the storyteller may strategically use, reuse, and nuance geography as part of the storytelling process. As we come to a fuller appreciation of how the events of the Bible become its stories, we will have set the stage for a discussion of the reader's craft, seeking meaning in such stories. In the end, the reader will be rewarded with a new and exciting way of reading God's stories that appreciates not only their composition but also their meaning.

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Studio: Chalice Press
Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 11, 2008
Publisher   Chalice Press
ISBN  0827212542  
ISBN13  9780827212541  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. James Martin (MDiv and DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the coauthor of A Visual Guide to Bible Events and founded Bible World Seminars in 1989. He currently offers biblical study travel programs on location in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece for interested individuals, colleges, seminaries, churches, and Christian organizations. Martin is also former program director and instructor at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Jerusalem.
Over the past twenty-five years, Martin and his wife, Stacey, have been involved in aerial, land, and museum photography and video filming throughout the Middle East and Europe. Their photos appear in works such as the NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Halley's Bible Handbook, and A Visual Guide to Bible Events, among others.

John A. Beck (PhD, Trinity International University) has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament at various colleges and universities for more than 20 years. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. His articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and books. His books include The Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to the Geography of Israel, God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative, A Visual Guide to Bible Events, A Visual Guide to Gospel Events, and more. Beck lives in Wisconsin.
David G. Hansen (PhD, Trinity Theological Seminary) has taught at several institutions of higher education, including the US Army War College, Penn State University, and Trinity Theological College and Seminary. He also served in the US Army for thirty-five years. His current on-site research in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt includes extensive travel and participation in several archaeological excavations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about biblical geography, history, and military affairs, and is author of In Their Sandals: How His Followers Saw Jesus and coauthor of A Visual Guide to Bible Events.

John A. Beck was born in 1956.

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Must reading for Bible students  Apr 16, 2009
John A Beck has written an excellent book for any student of the Bible. Since so much of the Biblical text is narrative Beck's book a is great read to help mine more from the text. I have been a fan of Beck's work on the use of geography within the Biblical narrative (he is a poineer in this field) in the past but Beck takes the reader to a whole new level in this book. If the reader can employ just a few of Beck's insights you will glean so much more from the Bible. I am encouraging everyone I meet to read this book as it will make the narrative text of Scripture come alive with new meaning and relevance. Read this book and memorize it's methodology and your Bible will be an ever increasing treasure. Brent Emery
 

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