An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

Reason and Scripture I have often heard conversations on biblical interpretation that placed reason and Scripture in opposition. Generally, I see this as an attempt to keep at bay the influence of modernist rationalism, which aims to make human reason the final arbiter of knowledge. Rationalism fits best in a deistic religious framework, in which t

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5c: Literary Structures)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5c: Literary Structures)

The most common literary structures in the Bible are chiastic structures and panel structures. These can be found in small units (such as verses), individual narratives (such as a miracle story), or can extend over several chapters, books, and even several books. Composite structures include both chiastic and panel structures, as we will see in an