5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives


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So…you decided to read through the Bible this year.  Maybe it’s your first time, or maybe you’re an old pro, either way, when you’re reading narratives, like most of the book of Genesis, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, what is a narrative?  Simply put, a narrative is a story.  It tells the about an event, giving details such as the background, main character involved, and life lessons.  There is a plot with an introduction and some sort of conclusion at the end.  

Over the years I’ve made mistakes in understanding narratives.  I’ve jumped to conclusions, wondered why God would allow certain things to happen, and questioned the integrity of certain God followers in the Bible.  As time went on, I realized I wasn’t understanding the biblical narratives correctly.  So I thought if this is something I have struggled with, maybe I should pass on some basic principles for interpreting narrative passages.  Here are five principles from Mel Lawrence in his blog on “How Should We Understand the Stories of the Old Testament?”  You can find the original post here. Continue reading “5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives”

5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives