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Contents in Brief Series Preface Preface Abbreviations 1. What Is Narrative Literature? 2. Primary Themes of the Historical Books 3. Preparing for Interpretation 4. Interpreting Narrative Texts 5. Proclaiming Narrative Texts 6. From Text to Application: Two Samples Glossary Contents Series Preface Preface Abbreviations 1. What Is Narrative Literature? The Literary Dimension in Narrative Basic Elements of a Story Setting Characterization Plot Structural Features Discourse Structure Dramatic Structure Paneled Sequences Chiasmus Overlapping Accounts and Flashbacks Quotation and Dialogue Discourse Types Speech Function Gaps and Ambiguity The Narrator's Authority and Perspective Macroplot Intertextuality Foreshadowing Parallelism and Narrative Typology Allusion Echoing Repetition of Keywords Conclusion: Interpretive Principles 2. Primary Themes of the Historical Books Joshua Primary Themes Overall Purpose Judges Primary Themes Overall Purpose Ruth 1/2 Samuel Primary Theme A Prophet Arrives (1 Sam. 1/7) Choosing a King (1 Sam. 8/12) Kingship Makes a False Start (1 Sam. 13/15) The Story of David (1 Sam. 16/2 Sam. 20) Reflecting on David's Career (2 Sam. 21/24) 1/2 Kings Primary Themes Seeds of Destruction: Solomon's Reign (1 Kings 1/11) Disintegration and Tragedy: The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 12/2 Kings 25) 1/2 Chronicles Primary Theme National Unity and a Royal Ideal: David and Solomon (1 Chron. 1/ 2 Chron. 9) A Paradigm for Godly Leadership: Lessons from the Davidic Dynasty (2 Chron. 10/36) Ezra/Nehemiah Ezra Nehemiah Primary Themes Esther Thematic Summaries The Deuteronomistic History: Joshua/2 Kings The Postexilic Literature: 1/2 Chronicles, Ezra/Nehemiah, Esther Overall Thematic Synthesis of the Historical Books 3. Preparing for Interpretation Setting the Stage for the Historical Books Biblical Chronology The Conquest, Judges, and United Monarchy (1400/931 B.C.) 1400/1200 B.C. 1200/931 B.C. The Divided Monarchy (931/722 B.C.) 931/841 B.C. 841/745 B.C. 745/722 B.C. The Kingdom of Judah (722/586 B.C.) 722/681 B.C. 681/626 B.C. 626/586 B.C. The Exile and Return (586/433 B.C.) Determining What the Text Is: Textual Criticism Introduction Two Basic Principles One Should Not Automatically Assume That the Traditional Hebrew (Masoretic) Text Preserves the Original Text One Should Base Text Critical Decisions Primarily on Internal Considerations Deciding What the Text Says: Translation Semantics Tools Method and Principles Syntax Intermediate Grammars Advanced Grammars Reading What Others Have to Say: Some Bibliographical Aids Introductions Works on Narratival Art Individual Books Joshua Judges Ruth 1/2 Samuel 1/2 Kings 1/2 Chronicles Ezra/Nehemiah Esther 4. Interpreting Narrative Texts Diachronic Methods Evidence for Sources Critical Challenges to Textual Unity A Case Study: David and Goliath The Need for Literary and Theological Sensitivity Harmonizations: The Need for Caution Synchronic Methods Focus on Unity Respecting the Author's Authority Identifying the Implied Reader(s) A Proposed Exegetical-Literary Method 5. Proclaiming Narrative Texts A Proposed Homiletical Strategy Finding the Principle(s) Applying the Principle(s) 6. From Text to Application: Two Samples Bloodbath at Bethel: Some Bad Boys, a Bald Prophet, and Two Savage She-Bears (2 Kings 2:23/25) What is the Text? What Does the Text Say? What Did the Text Mean? Place the Text in Its Context Evaluate the Text from a Literary Point of View Comments on Discourse Structure Summarize the Theme(s) of the Story and How They Contribute to the Theme(s) of the Book as a Whole Consider How the Story Should Have Impacted the Implied Reader(s), Given Their Time, Place, and Circumstances What Does the Text Mean to Contemporary Readers in the Community of Faith? A Light in the Darkness: Sacrificial Love on Display (Ruth 1) What Is the Text? What Does the Text Say? What Did the Text Mean? Place the Text in Its Context Evaluate the Text from a Literary Point of View Comments on Discourse Structure Summarize the Theme(s) of the Story and How They Contribute to the Theme(s) of the Book as a Whole Consider How the Story Should Have Impacted the Implied Reader(s), Given Their Time, Place, and Circumstances What Does the Text Mean to Contemporary Readers in the Community of Faith? Glossary
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Bible. O.T. Historical Books -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.