5 thoughts on “Story as Torah

  1. Can we draw ethical norms from Old Testament narratival passages? There seems to be two extremes in answering this question. One is the moralistic, Sunday School approach of turning everything into a “Be like Daniel” or “Don’t be like Esau” sort of thing. In reaction to this, others have gone to the other pole and said no, never, that’s not the point at all of those narratives.

    Wenham, as you can imagine, settles in the middle. He recognizes that the Biblical authors wrote for theological reasons

  2. In some cases, narrative portions of the Bible include ethical commentary. This may be a rebuke of a king by a prophet or a summary statement about a kings reign describing him as good or evil. However, a significant amount of narrative in the Bible merely describes what happened without making an explicit ethical judgment. In dealing with such passages, theologians often come to radically different conclusions regarding the rightness or wrongness of an action or behavior described. This book at

  3. Narrative passages can be notoriously difficult to interpret because they rarely contain explicit statements about what the author is trying to convey; instead you have to infer what the author is seeking to say from the way he presents the story and clues it contains.

    Wenham looks at the narratives in the Old Testament, especially those in Genesis and Judges. He gives some helpful principles for determining whether the author approves of a characters conduct or not. I found his overviews of Gene

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