Old Testament Narratives

Over 40% of the Old Testament is made up of narrative – Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Job, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, A Crooked Line Straight to Jesus Week-2 Old Testament Narratives 14 Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Esther, Jonah and Haggai are written entirely or partially in a narrative style. Old Testament narratives are written as history and should be read and understood as historical accounts. They are not allegories or moral stories. In fact, it is very important that readers avoid assuming that the stories told in these narratives are meant to serve as moral examples – often it is just the opposite. Old Testament Narratives can and should be understood on three levels.

Redemptive History – the universal story of God, His people and His plan of salvation.

National History – the story of Israel, God’s chosen people who would bring forth the Messiah.

Individual Histories – the parts that make up the whole; specific stories about specific characters.

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