May 6, 2010
Interpreting Gospel Narratives
One weakness that I think many Bible teachers and preachers have is how to properly handle narratives. For this reason I am excited about Timothy Wiarda's new book Interpreting Gospel Narratives: Scenes, People, and Theology (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010). Although I have just started reading the book I thought I would share a bit about it.
The night of his arrest, Jesus spoke to his close followers about two testimonies that would focus on Him: the work of the Holy Spirit and their own personal accounts. Interpreting Gospel Narratives looks exclusively at the testimony given in the Gospels, exploring several ways to enrich our Gospel exegesis so that we may see Christ as clearly as possible.Timothy Wiarda’s book is primarily how-to, discussing questions of exegetical method that will help interpreters and expositors work with Gospel texts. He also discusses methodological questions relating specifically to the narrative material in the Gospels and focuses in on other fine details—the portrayal of individual characters, descriptive elements, the relation between theology and story, and more.
Here is a link to the table of contents and chapter one.
Much thanks to Jim Baird at B&H for the review copy.