Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sonrise Meeting Session 7: Literary Context

Another good meeting, friends. I apologize for letting the time run out before we could get to your "homework" assignment from last week. Good news is... those of you, ahem, whose dogs ate the assignment have another week to reconstruct it!

If you missed us this morning, see the notes below:

The Bible uses words or literature to communicate God's truth. It is revelation from God captured and conveyed through human beings whose unique backgrounds, experiences and personalities have influenced the style and structure with which they wrote and taught.

Genre (broad literary categories):
historical narrative, law, wisdom, poetry, prophecy/apocalyptic, gospel, epistle (letter), etc.

Common Descriptors:

Metaphors (symbolism):
Vine (Jesus) and branches (disciples) John 15:5; God symbolized by fire (Hebrews 12:29), Lamb of God (John 1:29), Bread of Life (John 6:35)

(Note: context always determines meaning. Is "shepherd" always Jesus? Is "fruit" always actions/deliverables?)

Similes:
Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31), Pharisees… are like whitewashed tombs (Matthew 23:27)

Point of View: A "lens" through which a given story is situated and told. Who is communicating? What is his/her perspective (which has been shaped by both the knowledge at hand and personal values)?

David (rejoicing or under siege)… Solomon (reflections on the other
side of prosperity)… Matthew (tax collector)... Luke (physician)...
John (fisherman)... Paul (tent maker/Jewish scholar)

Literary Interpretation: The "flow" of a narrative

  • Characters: protagonists, antagonists, agents (active or neutral)
  • Setting:
  • Tension:
  • Climax:
  • Response:
  • Resolution:

    Next Session: Historical Context

    On my iPod... Obvious by Anthony Callea... kind of a sweet song that reminds me of the five years it took Todd and me to go out on a first date. We still debate whose "fault" that was...

    Oh... one other thing... my cell phone won't re-charge... so please call the house or e-mail me if you need to get in touch.

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