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To do this, Winn Griffin starts off by discussing the presumptions held by the modern church as well as his own presumptions (Griffin is a Kingdom Theologian with two D.Mins with deep roots in the Vineyard Movement). From there he stresses the importance of understanding the culture and reason why a particular book of the Bible was written.
For example, when studying the book of Genesis it is extremely important to understand that the book was `written' by Moses during the Israelites 40 year journey through the wilderness. The culture around the Israelites during that time was a polytheistic culture which attributed the works of nature to multiple gods. The creation narrative of Genesis, therefore, is less of a scientific treaty about how the world came into being and more of an attack against the gods of the land (i.e. it would have taught the Israelites that their God was ruler of everything in nature as Him made everything).
In keeping with the scope of the project, Griffin walks the reader through the five acts (listed below) of the Bible fairly quickly - giving simple overviews of each of the book of the Bible within their historical context. This is one of the most valuable jewels of this book as most Bible's list the books according the genres, making it easy to forget the time period in which a book was written (especially the minor prophets!).
The Five Acts:
1. Creating the Stage on Which the Story Will Be Acted Out (i.e. creation)
2. Separation: From Dependence to Independence (i.e. Adam and Eve)
3. Israel: The Called People of God to Be the Light of the World (i.e. Everything from Adam/Eve to Jesus)
5. The Rest of the Story in the New Testament (and Beyond)
Oh - BTW, it is cool to note that the word "EPIC" in the book title is an acronym meaning:
This acronym also helps to explain why Griffin published the book with wide margins, study questions, graphs and the like - he wanted it to be experiential, participatory, image-rich and connectivity.
Fantastic resource for the Church; from layperson---> Sr. Pastor it is a must own for every library.