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

From: Volume 7, Issue 2: 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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