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Biblical Historical Narrative

A narrative is an orderly description of events. It is the telling of the historical facts as they took place and in story form. Narratives tell the way things happened. There is no particular way to classify those narratives as good examples or bad. The context will hold sway here.

This is especially true of biblical, historical narrative. Many people try to make the Scriptures say things that they do not say and one of the places this is misused the most is in the interpretation of the history in the Bible. Much of the Old Testament is written in historical narrative. The accounts are usually about individuals or nations. Though the narratives give facts concerning certain times and places the godly principles taught can be applied to our lives today. We are taught what pleased God in the past and what angered Him in the past, and therefore we can know what displeases and pleases Him now.

The New Testament also has many narratives. The Gospels, while containing the teachings of Christ also provide an ongoing account of His life all the way through His resurrection. The book of Acts is a history of the early church and its expansion across the known world at that time.

Narratives are important because they tell us how God has dealt with nations and individuals. It is narratives that record the greatest events in history/

Biblical narratives should be studied prayerfully and thoughtful. There are rules that guard against the mis-interpretation of historical narratives. The diligent student will make sure that he interprets the Bible in accordance with those rules.

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