The Heart of Biblical Narrative: Rediscovering Biblical Appeal to the Emotions

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
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Modern biblical scholarship has long been preoccupied with the relationship between history and doctrine. Karl A. Kuhn argues that an overly rational approach to the thought of the biblical authors misses the equally important but long neglected affective dimension of biblical narrative.

Author Biography

Karl Allen Kuhn is associate professor of religion at Lakeland College in She-boygan, Wisconsin and the author of Having Words with God: The Bible as Conversation (Fortress Press, 2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: The Bible's Neglected Heartp. 1
The Marginalization of Emotionp. 1
Emotion and Narrative in Antiquity and the Biblep. 6
Plan of the Work to Followp. 10
Approaching the Heart of the Biblep. 13
On the Emotionsp. 15
What Are the Emotions, Exactly? The Broad Contours of the Debatep. 15
Some Proposalsp. 22
Implications: Reading with Mind and Heartp. 27
The Cardiography of Biblical Narrativep. 29
How Biblical Narratives Move Usp. 32
Plottingp. 33
Characterizationp. 49
Other Techniques Inviting an Affective Responsep. 52
Affective Rhetoric and Exegesisp. 56
Reading with Mind and Heartp. 61
Passionate Conceptions (Luke 1:5-56)p. 63
The Ideological Landscape of Luke's Milieup. 64
The Evangelist's Use of Pathos in Luke 1:5-2:39p. 67
The Announcement of John's Birth (1:5-25)p. 68
The Announcement of Jesus' Birth (1:26-38)p. 76
Mary Visits Elizabeth (1:39-56)p. 85
Birth Pangs (Luke 1:57-2:40)p. 97
The Birth of John (1:57-80)p. 97
The Birth of Jesus (2:1-20)p. 109
The Circumcision, Naming, and Presentation of Jesus (2:21-40)p. 121
Conclusion: From Scripture's Heart to Oursp. 131
Exegetical Insightsp. 131
Rhetorical Insights: Understanding the Purpose of Luke-Actsp. 133
Reading with Heart: Benefits for Clergy and Christian Communitiesp. 138
A Concluding Wordp. 146
Notesp. 147
Indexesp. 175
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