Dr. Henry Andrew Corcoran

Articles by this Author

  1. Viewing Biblical Narratives Through a Literary Lens: Practicing Narrative Analysis on Matthew 16:16-20

    Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education — Pages 299-318

    In this essay, following a brief look at the history of narrative theology, the theological context of narrative analysis, I intend to teach Christian educators, including lay persons, how to use several of the major concepts of narrative analysis in their study of the Bible. In this article I apply those concepts to a disputed text,Matthew 16:16-??20. I then assess the principles of narrative analysis by comparing how Matthew and Mark use the same narrative sources in the writing of their gospels. Finally, I offer an opportunity to practice narrative analysis with a passage from the Gospel of John.

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  2. Biblical Narratives and Life Transformation: An Apology for the Narrative Teaching of Bible Stories

    Spring 2007 — Pages 34-48

    In this essay, I contend that the purposeful teaching of biblical narratives directed toward life transformations ought to become an intentional activity for teachers of the Word. To support my
    contention, I will review how some people have used biblical narrative materials to re-story their lives. I also offer a discussion of transitional periods in the life cycle when people might seek new narrative materials for transformation. Further, I discuss how the church may embody biblical narratives and transmit their meanings. Finally, in order to help teachers of the Word to understand how to serve such seekers, I will offer practical application ideas.

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