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Bible Narratives

Narrative is the largest type of literature in the Bible.  Although some will question the historicity of biblical narratives that contains miracles, we must know that biblical narratives are historical events; it means that they actually took place in time and space.

We must interpret and see the meaning of the narratives as a part of the theme of the book.  This is how we can read a particular narrative in its context, by treating smaller narrative as part of a bigger narrative.  The story of David and Goliath is part of the story of King David, and King David is part of the story of the nation of Israel, and the nation of Israel is part of the main story of the Bible, which is God's salvation plan for all men.

We must focus on the main message of the narrative and not be distracted with matters mentioned in the narrative.  When we read stories where angels are mentioned we must not get carried away with trying to understand about angels.  Angels are mentioned in the narrative, but the message of the narrative is not about explaining angels to us.

We must not conclude that because it happened in the biblical narrative it should or must happen to us also.  Be careful with assuming that a narrative has a message, specially for our situation.  Like saying that the story of the Israelites crossing the red sea confirms to you that you do not really need to learn how to swim.  We cannot assume that there is always a "moral" to learn in every single narrative.  Remember, a narrative can be a part of a bigger narrative where the main theme should be taken.

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