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Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment

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Are Paul's letters undergirded and informed by key narratives, and does a heightened awareness of those narratives help us to gain a richer and more rounded understanding of Paul's theology? The last two decades of the twentieth century witnessed an increasing interest in the narrative features of Paul's thought. A variety of studies since that period have advanced "story" ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Westminster John Knox Press
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First, I would never recommend Narrative Dynamics to anyone who has not read Hays (Faith of Jesus Christ) and Wright (both Climax of the Covenant and NTPG. JVG didn't get as much attention, even though it uses narrative substructure throughout). Louis Martyn is also mentioned a lot. Witherington's Paul's Narrative Thought World gets some attention but usually unfavorably.

Narrative Dynamics takes 5 sequences of narrative, as proposed by Dunn's Theology of the Apostle Paul, and traces each stage
This book doesn't solve anything, and I think Watson's essay at the end (combined with Lou Marryn's apocalyptic approach) obviate everything that comes before... Still, it's a good introduction to narrative methodology. I would have liked to have seen more attention to the methodological substructure.
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