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The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story Paperback – November 1, 2004
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"'... [enables] even the beginner to grasp the sense of Scripture as a single great story - a drama in which we are all invited to pay a part. I am delighted to see solid scholarship made easily accessible in this splendid fashion.' Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham 'The Drama of Scripture should be read, discussed, and acted on by Christians everywhere... Engaging almost every book of the Bible, Bartholomew and Goheen help us see the dynamic forward movement of the story that has not yet reached its end. The story encompasses us and calls for our conscious, enthusiastic engagement.' Jim Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice, Washington, D.C" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
This updated and revised edition surveys the grand narrative of the Bible, demonstrating how the biblical story forms the foundation of a Christian worldview.
Praise for the First Edition
"Much recent scholarship has emphasized the narrative quality of Scripture. This book takes that insight and brings it to life, enabling even the beginner to grasp the sense of Scripture as a single great story--a drama in which we are all invited to play a part. I am delighted to see solid scholarship made easily accessible in this splendid fashion."
--N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews; former bishop of Durham
"An intelligent, engaging overview of the narrative of Scripture in six acts. Bartholomew and Goheen have produced a clear and theologically sensitive account of the Bible that is perfect for college students or adult Bible study groups."
--Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
"This is a vivid introduction to reading the Bible as a coherent story of God's purposes for the world. It will not only help the new reader but also enable the experienced reader to distinguish the central themes of Scripture from mere sidelights."
--Gordon J. Wenham, author of Story as Torah and Psalms as Torah
"A volume that will help inexperienced readers of the Bible get a view of the big picture before moving into more atomistic treatments of the Bible. It will serve well in introductory level Bible courses and may serve equally well in basic courses in hermeneutics. Its easy, nontechnical language will make it a popular text with such students."
--Review of Biblical Literature
"Every once in a while a book comes along that immediately meets a real need. This is one of those books. . . . [It] will serve college students, pastors, and scholars well in their efforts to understand and live the Christian story."
--Canadian Evangelical Review
"The book succeeds in making a case for a cohesive narrative in scripture, most successfully in relating the NT to OT in themes of covenant and promise, and when exploring briefly the idea of the contemporary Christian church continuing to be a player in the drama."
--Journal for the Study of the New Testament --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Leaning heavily upon N.T. Wright's five-act structure of the Scriptures, the authors suggest that the Scriptures contain the story of the world. With God as the director, humans find themselves caught up as actors or agents on the stage of the Great Drama in which God intends to showcase His glory. The authors commend this reading of the Scriptures but suggest a six-act model rather than Wright's five-act model.
Focusing heavily upon a kingdom motif, the authors proceed to give a delightful account of the Biblical drama that is likely to interest and educate a wide range of Biblical students. Readers will find that reading Biblical theology substantially illuminates their understanding of systematic theology and their interpretation for nearly every single text. It is from within the Biblical Narrative that thousands of seemingly fragmented books, narratives, and verses find their meaning.
As alluded to earlier, one of the greatest strengths of this book is the authors' skill in simultaneously describing both the proverbial forest and the trees. Readers are constantly 'zooming out' to grasp the Biblical story and then 'zooming in' to shed meaning on individual acts or actors. Its like studying the same object with both a microscope and telescope from the same lab. Only precise narrative craftsmanship can avoid the seemingly inevitable headache that would accompany such study. It is the authors' craftsmanship which makes this introductory Biblical theology so distinguishable.