Michael W. Goheen: The Unfolding Drama of Scripture and Worldview

I also highly recommend reading Michael W. Goheen and Craig G. Bartholomew, The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.

5 responses to “Michael W. Goheen: The Unfolding Drama of Scripture and Worldview

  1. My latest meditation on ‘narrative’ and the Christian ‘narrative’ brought me to see that the ‘narrative’, that is to salvation History, is a subset of the Church. We inherit the narrative when we are added to the Church. In the West in protestant circles the narrative typically skips from first century to 16th or even beyond, as if the narrative and the Church disappeared. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every age of the Church has had its problems, and every age has produced exemplary believers.
    I like my Eastern Orthodoxy because it has a narrative that is a part of the Liturgical Cycle; the narrative is painted on all the walls of the Church, and there is mystic sweet communion with those who were the persons that made the narrative the story of the triumph of Christ in the salvation of men.
    The West clamors for narrative for want of a full connection to the Church.

  2. Ben,

    I agree that it is a travesty as to how many Protestant Christians view church history. I can remember being taught growing up how the church ceased to exist after the late first century except for a very small few “unknown” faithful and did not appear again until the time of Barton W. Stone, Thomas Campbell, and Alexander Campbell. Though we don’t have to agree with every thing done by Christians of other historical periods, to hold such a view of Christian history places the viability of the church upon human initiative rather than the work of God…and that is troublesome.

    Grace and peace,

    Rex

    P.S., I enjoy the art/iconagraphy of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  3. Rex, in only hearing the video version here, I think that there is a particular act missing in this retelling of the biblical story, though it may be implicit. More an more, I think that an enormous gap in the general summary versions of the Bible like this exists in the concept of exile! Especially if the idea in such reconstructions is to help people really understand what scripture is and make it more accessible, then neglecting the exile is a tragic mistake. How much of the Hebrew bible is directly dedicated to that epoch? Half? how much of the Hebrew Bible has an eye to that era, even while telling of time before then? three-quarters? The specter of the exile looms so large in the Bible, I think that ignorance of what’s going on there and it’s significance really hurts our people’s ability to read the bible.

    • Steven,

      I have never thought of that before but it does seem like a valid point to be made. Thanks for sharing that.

      Grace and peace,

      Rex

      • I still think the book is the best non-biblical introductory literature on helping new students of the Bible to see how the stories of scripture are connected to a larger meta-narrative with its own (theological) worldview that we are called to be participants within.

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