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Anthology for Biblical Narrative students

At CTS I’ll be teaching “Biblical Narrative” so for the last few days I have been busy copying articles to supplement their library, and to enable students to readfrom home. The new photocopier with the “scan to PDF” feature makes preparing and distributing an anthology so much easier than the days when everything had to be copied, collated and bound with plastic. Here is the list so far:

General: Narrative and literary reading

David M. Gunn. “Narrative Criticism.” In To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and Their Application, edited by Steven L. McKenzie and Stephen R. Haynes. (Westminster John Knox Press, 1999), 171-195.

Tremper Longman. “Biblical Narrative.” In A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible, edited by Leland Ryken, 592. Zondervan, 1993, 69-113.

ibid. “The Analysis of Prose Passages”, Foundations 3 Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation. Zondervan, 1987. [Alternative to
the above.]

M.A. Powell, What is Narrative Criticism? (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990), 1-34.

S. Prickett, Words and the Word: Language, Poetics, and Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 4-36.

S. Walton, ‘Rhetorical Criticism: An Introduction’, Them 21/2 (1996): 4-9. [Provides context for the emergence of narrative criticism in biblical studies.]


A. Bach, ‘Signs of the Flesh: Observations on Characterization in the Bible’, Semeia 63 (1993): 61-80.

D. McCracken, ‘Character in the Boundary: Bakhtin’s Interdividuality in Biblical Narratives’, Semeia 63 (1993): 29-42.

Composite Artistry

R. Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1981), 131-154.


G.W. Coats, Genesis with an Introduction to Narrative Literature (FOTL; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984), 1-10 [see also the glossary, p. 317]

Humour and Irony

Edwin M. Good. Irony in the Old Testament. (London: S.P.C.K., 1965), 13-38.

John R. Miles “Laughing at the Bible: Jonah as Parody.” In On Humour and the Comic in the Hebrew Bible, edited by Yehuda T. Radday and Atalya Brenner. (Sheffield Academic Press, 1991), 203-215.

Imagery and Metaphor

I. Paul, ‘Metaphor and Exegesis,’ in After Pentecost, Language and Biblical Interpretation (eds C. Bartholomew, C. Greene and K. Möller; Grand Rapids:
Zondervan, 2001), 387-402.


E. van Wolde, ‘Intertextuality: Ruth in Dialogue with Tamar,’ In A Feminist Companion to Reading the Bible: Approaches, Methods and Strategies, edited
by A. Brenner and C. Fontaine, (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), 426-51.


T.D. Alexander, ‘Jonah and Genre’, TynB 36 (1985): 35-59.

R. W. L. Moberly “Preaching for a Response? Jonah’s Message to the Ninevites Reconsidered.” Vetus Testamentum 53, no. 2 (April 2003): 156-168.


S. Bar-Efrat, Narrative Art in the Bible (Sheffield: Almond, 1989), 13-45.

Omission and ambiguity:

G.C. Nicol, ‘The Alleged Rape of Bathsheba: Some Observations on Ambiguity in Biblical Narrative’, JSOT 73 (1997): 43-54.

Meir Sternberg. “Gaps, Ambiguity, and the Reading Process”, The Poetics of Biblical Narrative. (Indiana University Press, 1985), 186-229.

Preaching Narrative

G.B. Caird, The Language and Imagery of the Bible (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 109-22.

Point of View

Erich Auerbach. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. (Princeton University Press, 1974), 3-23.

A. Berlin, Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1994), 43-82.

R.B. Chisholm, ‘A Rhetorical Use of Point of View in Old Testament Narrative,’ BibSac 159 (2002): 404-14.

David Gunn, “Reading Right” in Bible in Three Dimensions: Essays in Celebration of Forty Years of Biblical Study, edited by David J. A. Clines, Stanley
E. Porter, and Stephen E. Fowl. (Sheffield Academic Press, 1990), 53-64.

Prose and poetry

J. P. Fokkelman. “The collaboration of prose and poetry”, Reading Biblical Narrative: An Introductory Guide. Westminster John Knox Press, 2000, 171-187.

Repetition and Quotation

Jacob Licht. “Repetitions”, Storytelling in the Bible. (Jerusalem: Magnes, 1986), 51-74.

George W Savran. Telling and Retelling: Quotation in Biblical Narrative. (Indiana Univ Press, 1988), 37-76.


Nancy J. Thomas, ‘Weaving the Words: The Book of Ruth as Missiologically Effective Communication,’ Missiology 30 (2002): 155-69.


Craig C. Bartholemew and Michael W. Goheen. “Story and Biblical Theology.” In Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation, edited
by Craig Bartholomew, Mary Healy, Karl Moller, Robin Parry. (Zondervan, 2004), 144-171.

G. Fackre, ‘Narrative Theology, An Overview’, Interpretation 37 (1983): 340-52.

H.W. Frei, ‘The “Literal Reading” of Biblical Narrative in the Christian Tradition: Does it Stretch or Will it Break?’, in F. McConnell
(ed.), The Bible and the Narrative Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), 36-77.

J. Goldingay, Models for Scripture (Grand Rapids/Carlisle: Eerdmans/Paternoster, 1994), 99-119.

F. Watson, ‘Literary Approaches to the Gospels, A Theological Assessement,’ Theology 99 (1996): 125-33.


Yairah Amit. “The Biblical Story and the Use of Time”, Reading Biblical Narratives. (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001), 103-125.



CTS are constructing a fine new buliding

We have our itinerary for the visits to Colombo Theological Seminary and the Bible School in a refugee camp for anyone who wants to pray for our travel here are the travel dates:

  • depart Auckland 4th Feb
  • arrive Colombo 5th Feb
  • to London 17th Feb
  • to Bangkok 27th Feb
  • return to Auckland 6th April

The teaching dates at Colombo Theological Seminary are 8th – 16th Feb, so we’ll have a couple of days to get acclimatuised before teaching starts. Our dates for the camp are not yet finalised, even with email getting anything set up definitely is difficult. (A mixtrue of culture and conditions their end make definite plans in the future difficult to organise.)