Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting into God's story

I'm studying Genesis at the moment and loving getting to the narrative.

Richard Pratt's excellent book He gave us stories is a helpful textbook approach to thinking about how to engage God's narratives and begin to study and preach them.

James Jordan's Primeval Saints is less about how to handle narrative and more an imaginative look at the details of the text of Genesis - to see how the repeating details and themes unlock the message of this foundational book. It's not necessarily a book that you're going to agree with everything in, but it's masterful and enjoyable in drawing into the stories that shape the rest of God's plans in the Bible.

Jordan writes along similar lines to Stephen Dempster's Dominion and Dynasty and Peter Leithart's The Kingdom and the Power.