Old Testament Narrative (Joshua-Esther)

Book Summation

  • Joshua: Taking the promised national land
  • Judges: Cycles of sin, oppression, repentance, and deliverance
  • Ruth: Beginning the King’s Lineage
  • I Samuel: Transition to King Leadership
  • II Samuel: King David & the Eternal Throne
  • I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles: Division and Corruption of the Kingdom
  • Ezra: Religious Restoration
  • Nehemiah: Political Restoration
  • Esther: Jewish Preservation

Placing Old Testament Narratives in Salvation History

Old Testament Narratives show the failure of Israel to maintain their portion of the covenant (faithful & exclusive obedience) with God.  Despite Israel’s corruption in areas of idolatry, social injustice, and covenant neglect, God promises his continuation of the redemption plan through David’s throne and a faithful remnant.

How to read Old Testament Narratives

Narratives are stories.  Actions recorded are not necessarily to be copied – the text is descriptive over proscriptive.  We cannot take every small section as a separate lesson.  Several short stories go together to illustrate an overall truth about God.  Look for the author to hint at God’s point of view (example: Samuel shows that Israel’s desire of a king is a rejection of God, not Samuel).  The whole point to be learned is what God does as the Hero, not what man has done.  Make connections to the greater redemption story.

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