Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Scripture as Story

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Scripture as Story

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Scripture as Story. By Morris A. Inch. Lanham: University Press of America, 2000, 227 pp., $29.50.

This book takes its place in the currently burgeoning field of narrative analysis of Scripture. Its chief virtues are twofold. One is the narrative theory that it lays out in the opening pages and then intermittently throughout. The second virtue is the way in which the book organizes the entire Bible into a continuous sequential story from creation through apocalypse. For Bible readers who have never been coached into viewing the Bible as telling a single overarching story, the framework provided by this book will be a valuable contribution to knowledge.

These commendable purposes are partly undermined by the strategies through which they are implemented. The narrative theory is excellent, but it is almost entirely derivative (quoted or cited from previously published sources). While this does not make the theory anything less than good, one expects a more original contribution to knowledge from a book published by a university press. Furthermore (although it is doubtless a minor stylistic point), the author drops his quotations from scholars into his text without a lead-in, leaving the reader momentarily baffled regarding the quoted material and requiring the reader to turn to the endnotes to figure out what is happening. …

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