Interpreting Gospel Narratives Scenes, People, and Theology

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The night of his arrest, Jesus spoke to his close followers about two testimonies that would focus on Him: the work of the Holy Spirit and their own personal accounts.Interpreting Gospel Narrativeslooks exclusively at the testimony given in the Gospels, exploring several ways to enrich our Gospel exegesis so that we may see Christ as clearly as possible. Timothy Wiarda's book is primarily how-to, discussing questions of exegetical method that will help interpreters and expositors work with Gospel texts. He also discusses methodological questions relating specifically to the narrative material in the Gospels and focuses in on other fine detailsthe portrayal of individual characters, descriptive elements, the relation between theology and story, and more.

Author Biography

Timothy Wiarda is professor of New Testament Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. Prior to that he taught for fifteen years at Singapore Bible College and has also been a tentmaker in Algeria and pastor of a church for international workers in the Arab country of Oman. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A., M.A.) and London School of Theology (Ph.D.). Wiarda and his wife have two children.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Are Gospel Writers Interested in Individual Characters?p. 8
The Human Moment (Luke 5:12-16)
The Brief Story of Inward Change (Luke 5:1-11)
The Consistent Character (John 13:2-11, 33-38; 18:8-11)
The Story Thread (Mark 14:27-42,54,66-72; 16:7)
Gap Filling? (Luke 22:31-34, 54-62; 24:12,34)
Story and Theology: What Is the Point?p. 45
Impact (John 20:10-18)
Sharpening the Point (Mark 6:30-44)
Plot and Character + Emphasis + Ideological Point of View = Theology (Acts 1:12-26)
Single Focus or Multiple Points? (Luke 19:1-10)
History, Theology, and Story (Mark 1:16-39)
Mergers and Marriages: Further Reflections on Gospel Narratives and Theology
Concrete Heading and Four Alternativesp. 97
Symbolism and Allegory (John 3:1-21; 7:45-52; 19:38-42; Mark 8:22-26)
Special Words (John 1:35-39)
Allusions to the Old Testament (Mark 1:9-11; 14:32-36; 15:34)
Intra-Gospel Allusions (John 21:15-17)
Individuals and Other Interestsp. 132
Jesus and Secondary Figures (Mark 4:35-41)
Christology and Characterization (John 11:1-44; 12:1-11)
Salvation History and Individuals (Luke 1:5-25, 57-80; John 1:40-42)
Individuals and Groups (Mark 8:27-33)
Individual Units and Whole Gospelsp. 161
Thematically Grouped Episodes (Luke 18:9-19:10)
Recurring Themes (Mark 9:2-8)
Narrative Analogies (Matthew 14:28-31; 16:21-23; 17:1-8, 24-27; 26:35-46, 58, 69-75)
Various Forms of Interconnection
Some Hermeneutical Reflectionsp. 194
Two Testimonies: A Foundational Pattern (John 15:26-27)
Implications for Practical Ministry
Implications for Theological Interpretation
Gospel Interpretation in Light of God's Whole-Bible Message (Matthew 4:1-11)
Narrative Design and Levels of Intentionality (Mark 9:2-8; 14:32-42; 14:66-72)
Name Indexp. 235
Subject Indexp. 237
Scripture Indexp. 240
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