Hey guys, let’s tackle the most significant book of all time! (Seriously, though, we were made for it). I am opening this post up with three things in mind:
1. The Bible has its foundation in the telling of stories from one person to another (via word-of-mouth and then, of course, that old tormentor, the Greek language).
2. The Bible contains people whose characterization is nonfiction and ought to be viewed as such.
3. The Bible contains a plethora of literary elements, undoubtedly, but for a far greater purpose than other literature serves. Let’s think about the literary aspects then, noting especially those stories which are relayed in the Bible from one person to another. We know that Jesus’ parables were often viewed as allegories, but should we view them as such?
That being said, we can say a great deal about the Bible by delving into these stories from many different angles. It is important that we maintain an understanding of the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
That also being said, I believe that literary elements are based upon those circumstances to which we are drawn in real life. Perhaps that’s another story entirely…
Favorite Biblical figure, on three.
3, 2, 1.