What is the Narrative?

The narrative is a literary genre that builds its sentences and paragraphs around discourses, episodes, or scenes (Köstenberger and Patterson, p. 238). Getting a handle on the genuine idea of account is fundamental for precise translation. One scholar, namely Grant Osborne points out like this, “Narrative studies recognize that meaning is found in a text as a whole rather than in isolated segments.” (p.238). Narrative texts can appear in three different modes: story, account, and report The capacity to perceive the different ways an account can be introduced is an important initial step to its understanding. Regularly, narratives show up in emotional structure, that is, as stories that are introduced by the scriptural essayist with a view toward driving home the meaning of a given scriptural occasion or arrangement of occasions. These books of the Bible are not situated in legend, they are situated, and the truth is told. As we read, we should stop and think about the way that these occasions really occurred. Recorded account in Scripture that gives undeniable retelling of certifiable events. Anyway, Köstenberger and Patterson have written in their book with Nature of Biblical Narrative and feature of Biblical Narrative mode, as below: A) Nature of Biblical Narrative B) Modes of Old Testament Historical Narrative 1) Stories 2) Accounts 3) Reports C) Elements of Old Testament Historical Narrative 1) External Elements 2) Internal Elements a) Setting b) Plot c) Characterization D) Narrative Style 1) Repetition 2) Highlighting 3) Irony and 4) Satire. Along these lines, to deciphering Old Testament Historical Narrative in the correct manner we need a few rules, 1) Decide the cutoff points or limits of the current account, 2) Consider whether the account mode is immediate, expressive, sensational, or critique, 3) Find out if the verifiable account works essentially as a record or report, or is it recounted in story structure, 4) Understand the individual jobs of the writer, per users, storyteller, and describe, 5) Analyze the setting of the account, 6) Distinguish such highlights of the plot as its start, center, dénouement, goal, and epilogue, 7) In stories, recognize the hero, foe, and what foils might be available, 8) Figure out how to see the value in the creator’s abstract style, thinking about such highlights as discourse, redundancy, featuring, incongruity, and parody 9) Analytical methods, noticing the commitments of language structure, history, artistic imperatives, and philosophical accentuation and 10) Drawing this information together, make an appropriate application to the contemporary circumstance. (p.257).

By: Rev. Ravy Van from Christ Lutheran Church-Phnom Penh


Köstenberger, Andreas J., and Richard D. Patterson.  Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature, and Theology (2011).

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