Everyone Loves a Good Story

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Today’s guest post is by Sarah Wilson, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

I love a good story. I was that kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight, catching up on Nancy Drew or the Chronicles of Narnia, long after lights out. With my love of reading and the written word, becoming an English major was an easy choice. In college, I studied plot devices, story arches, character development, point-of-view, literary theories, narrative structures, as well as things like grammar, punctuation, and citation systems. Studying the more technical aspects of novels, essays, and non-fiction pieces made my old beloved stories mean so much more—there are universal characteristics that make a compelling and appealing story.

The Bible is full of stories—the best stories because they are true. The stories of David, Moses, Simon Peter—heroes of the faith—inspire us, convict us, and provide context for our lives. Knowing the structure and literary background of the Bible is essential for general readers, professors, students, and anyone wanting to understand more about about the framework of the written Word of God.

As a book worm who geeks out over narrative ideas and theories, I’m really excited about David Jobling’s The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.), a Pre-Pub shipping tomorrow. In essay format, he goes into amazing detail on the narrative and theological structure of the Old Testament, covering literary theories such as myth, political and geographical ideologies, as well as providing invaluable exegetical and critical analysis of various Old Testament characters and passages, such as Jonathan, Ahab, and Numbers 11—12.

For those of you who want to get more out of your Bible study or sermon preparation, or if you love narrative ideas and background as much as I do, this incredibly helpful collection is a must-have. It’s in production right now—it will be going live the day before Thanksgiving. The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) retails at $109.95, so pre-order today and get it for only $22.95!

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5 Responses to “Everyone Loves a Good Story”

  1. Lawrence Lewis November 24, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Sounds like a great addition. Can it be downloaded into my IPad?
    Blessings

  2. Alford November 24, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    I missed the prepub price. A great resource nonetheless!

  3. Jayson Bradley November 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Lawrence,
    Yes, with the Logos iPhone/iPad app you can download and read this on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. You can also use your The Sense of Biblical Narrative resource on Biblia.com!

  4. Ken December 1, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    I tried to submit a request for the The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) The price was not $22.95 as indicated above, but $89.95. I could never afford that.
    Can you help clarify this for me.
    Ken

  5. Jayson Bradley December 10, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Ken,
    The blog post was posted alerting people to the fact that the Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) was only going to be on Pre-Pub for another day. The $22.95 was the Pre-Pub price.
    Sorry about the confusion.