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He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student's Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives (Pratt)

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Stories are among the primary means God uses to reveal his truth to us in Scripture. The Old Testament is filled with stories: Noah and the ark, Daniel in the lions' den, Ruth and Boaz--stories of great men and women of God.

What does God want us to learn from these stories? Is there more to them than meets the eye? Richard L. Pratt says yes, and he carefully outlines a method for grasping the wisdom of these ageless narratives. Beginning with the role of the Holy Spirit, he sets forth a three-step process of biblical interpretation combining preparation, investigation, and application.

Pratt is sensitive to the needs of both the beginner and the theological student. He insightfully guides us through considerations of attitudes and orientation, language and history, writers and characters, scenes and events, ancient and modern cultures, and more.

Table of Contents:

Part I: Preparing for Old Testament Narrative

1. Orientation for Preparation

2. The Influence of Christian Living

3. The Influence of Interaction

4. The Influence of Exegesis

Part II: Investigating Old Testament Narratives

5. Orientation for Investigation

6. Characters in Old Testament Stories

7. Scene Depiction

8. Structure in Individual Episodes

9. Large Narrative Structures

10. Writers and Their Audiences

11. Describing a Writer’s Intentions

12. Overview of Old Testament Narratives

Part III: Applying Old Testament Narratives

13. Orientation for Application

14. From Age to Age

15. From Culture to Culture

16. From People to People



Richard L. Pratt, Jr. is associate professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, in Orlando, Florida, and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.



"This book will revolutionize your thinking about the Old Testament. It will make your personal reading of the Old Testament a joyous experience of discovery. If you are a preacher or a teacher, it will transform a dull sermon or lesson into a message that will change lives. Here is a book you don't want to miss." - Steve Brown, President, Key Life Network

"The stories of the Old Testament...thrill the imagination, but what do they have to do with us? Richard Pratt's He Gave Us Stories is a readable, yet profound answer to that question." - Tremper Longman III, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia