I felt compeled to write a brief review in light of Jason’s post: Jason 3 days ago Fails to see Scripture in its context. I believe what Jason is trying to say is that Dr. Ryken does not address the relationship of the biblical story to the larger context of scripture, except where the story is the entire corpus of the book (Ruth, Jonah, Esther). Dr. Ryken does not address how, let’s say, the story of Joseph or Cain relate to the book of Genesis. I believe Jason should read the book again. The purpose of: How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Biblical Narrative is to take the biblical narrative, the Story as a whole, and exegete that text in a micro (Not a macro) sense. Dr. Ryken states that every plot has a beginning, middle and end. Every biblical story fits into that framework. When you understand what the book is about, Dr. Ryken explains well the process of unpacking the story and understanding that which the author intended us to see. I give Dr. Ryken 5 stars for the same reason Jason should have; We read the text (Story) to cavalierly not taking the time to understand what the author is trying to say and how he develops his story. If you are interested at all in exegesis I would think this book is indispensable.
- Thank you Rod for your follow-up to my post. I am glad I happen to come across your rebuttal. You are indeed correct in clarifying what I meant by my short post. I am certainly willing to take another look at the book. I have a personal conviction at seeing books and passages in light of Scripture as a whole and I was disappointed in the fact that this seemed to be missing. I would look at a passage beginning from the macro and then work down to the micro. Thank you for both clarifying and rebutting in a kind and honest way.