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TM204/OT2.2Law and Narrative Class Notes

Contents: TM204/OT2.2Law and Narrative

TM204/OT2.2 Law and Narrative

This module explores and evaluates the different ways First Testament Law and Narrative may be read and for WEMTC students it looks at what impact this may have on preaching First Testament Narratives and Legal material.

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Narrative Class Notes

These documents are (c)Elizabeth Harper 2004. They may be freely used for private study and for small group church bible studies. Under no circumstances may they be used for commercial purposes. The source should be acknowledged as follows:
Harper E, "Title of document", http://www.wemtc.freeserve.co.uk/tm0204hand.html, date downloaded.

Preliminaries

Reading List(.pdf 33kb)
Some recommended reading for Law and Narrative
Session Schedule(.pdf 48kb)
Schedule of sessions

Week 1 - Reading Plot

Preparation for Session 1 'Reading Narratives' and Session 2 'Reading Plot'
Assignment 1(.pdf 31kb)
Assignment 1 needs to be completed in time for the first session (first week)of doing Narrative
Reading 1 Reading Narratives(.pdf 55kb)
Reading Narratives - Hermeneutics explored
Reading 2 Plotting the Plot(.pdf 46kb)
Understanding and Plotting Plot
Genesis 18(.pdf 34kb)
A more literal interpretation of Genesis 18 Abraham bargains with God
Jonah 1 (.pdf 25kb)
A more literal interpretation of Jonah 1
Glossary(.pdf 19kb)
A glossary of technical literary terms
Map of Methods(.pdf 31kb)
A explanation of different methods of interpretation under the Barton-Latigan map headings (Author/Text/Reader)
Preaching Plot(.pdf 39kb)
Handout on using plot to structure sermons
You will also need to read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Week 2 - Reading Character

Preparation for Session 3 'Reading Character' and Session 4 'Reading Jonah'
Assignment 2(.pdf 27kb)
Assignment 2 needs to be completed in time for the third session (second week)of doing Narrative
Character Analysis(.pdf 22kb)
A chart for analysing character
Character and Narrator(.pdf 55kb)
Handout on how to explore biblical characters and how they are portrayed as well as how to recognise the implicit narrator and point of view.
Characterising David(.pdf 29kb)
Some biblical passages related to the notes and exploring the character of David.
Preaching Character(.pdf 42kb)
Handout on using the literary exploration of character in Preaching
Sermon on Zaccheaus(.pdf 37kb)
A sample sermon on Zaccheaus using an exploration of character
You will also need to read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Week 3 - Reading Styles

Preparation for Session 5 'Reading Style' and Session 6 'Reading Jonah II'
Assignment 3(.pdf 25kb)
Assignment 3 needs to be completed in time for the fifth session (third week)of doing Narrative
Style Analysis(.pdf 28kb)
A chart for analysing the style of Jonah 1
Style, Structure, Time and Space(.pdf 82kb)
Handout on the characteristics of narrative style and structure and how narratives use time and space.
Sermon on Jonah 3(.pdf 28kb)
A sample sermon on Jonah using structure and style elements.
Preaching Style (.pdf 39kb)
Handout on using the style and structure and rhetoric in Preaching
You will also need to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Week 4 - Reading Jacob

Preparation for Reading the Jacob Cycle
Assignment 4(.pdf 23kb)
Assignment 4 needs to be completed in time for the seventh session (fourth week)of doing Narrative
Jacob passages and structure(.pdf 56kb)
The passages from the Jacob Cycle for use in structure comparisons.

Try and read the whole Jacob Cycle at one sitting

Week 9 - Reading through the Centuries

Preparation for Session 18 'Not one iota will pass from the law' - interpretations of law and narrative through the centuries
Presentation Preparation(.rtf 25kb)
This assignment gives guidelines for preparing a presentation for the seventeenth session (penultimate week)

Week 10 - Narrative and Legal Theory Applied

Preparation (optional) for Session 19 'The Implications of a Narrative and Legal Theology' and Session 20 'Law and Narrative for Ministry'
Assignment 5(.pdf 25kb)
Assignment 6 is optional but ueful for those who are wanting to use the material in ministry and preaching. It needs to be completed in time for the nineteenth session (final week)
Reading 9 Preaching Law(.rtf 58kb)
9: 'We Uphold the Law' Preaching the Law
Handout 19 Narrative Theology(.pdf 51kb)
An introduction to Narrative Theology and the implications of having sacred scripture in legal and narrative forms.
History of Interpretations (.pdf 62kb)
Some sample interpretations from the history of interpretation of biblical narratives.
You might also like to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Law Class Notes

These documents are (c)Elizabeth Harper 2004. They may be freely used for private study and for small group church bible studies. Under no circumstances may they be used for commercial purposes. The source should be acknowledged as follows:
Harper E, "Title of document", http://www.wemtc.freeserve.co.uk/tm0204hand.html, date downloaded.

Week 1 - I delight in your Law

Preparation for Session 1 'I delight in your law and Session 2 'Holy, Just and Good'
Assignment 1(.rtf 21kb)
Assignment 1 needs to be completed in time for the first session (first week)of doing Law
First Testament Passages (.rtf 85kb)
List of all verses containing the Hebrew words torah and mitzvah or associated words
New Testament Passages (.rtf 85kb)
List of all verses containing the Greek word nomos or associated words
Laws Categorised(.rtf 42kb)
A categorisation of the First Testament laws according to the schema: Laws relating to : God/ Interpersonal Relationships/ the Created World
Reading 1 Introduction(.rtf 26kb)
1: 'Holy, Just and Good?': The Challenge of Old Testament Law
Reading 2 Attitudes (.rtf 81kb)
2: 'I delight in the Law' Attitudes to the Law
Reading 3 Biblical Law(.rtf 72kb)
3: 'What is Written in the Law?' Exploring Biblical Law
Introductory Handout (.rtf 69kb)
An old introductory handout on the Law that may be of interest

Week 2 - You have heard...

Preparation for Session 3 and 4 'It was said to those of Ancient Times'
Assignment 2(.rtf 17kb)
Assignment 2 needs to be completed in time for the third session (second week)of doing Law
Reading 4 Ancient Law(.rtf 96kb)
4: 'It was said to those of Ancient Times' The Nature of Ancient Law
ANE Laws (.rtf 15kb)
Some sample laws from the Ancient near East
You will also need to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Week 3 - Interpreting Biblical Law

Preparation for Session 5 'You have heard but I say to you' and Session 6 'These are the Creatures you may eat'
Assignment 3(.rtf 8kb)
Assignment 3 needs to be completed in time for the fifth session (3rd week)of doing Law
Reading 5 (.rtf 43kb)
5: 'You have heard... but I say to you' Interpreting Biblical Law Today
Reading 7 (.rtf 62kb)
7: 'Thus he declared all food clean' The Dietary Laws
Applying the Method(.rtf 14kb)
A pro-forma for applying the method of interpretation advocated in class to First Testament Laws
You will also need to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Week 4 - You Shall Be Holy

Preparation for Session 7 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy' and Session 8 'The Priest Shall Make Atonement'
Assignment 4(.rtf 24kb)
Assignment 4 needs to be completed in time for the seventh session (fourth week)
Reading 8 Holiness (.rtf 89kb)
8: 'You shall be holy for I am holy' Holiness and Purity (nb diagrams have been omitted from this document)
You will also need to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Old Lectures

The following are old lectures that are not now covered in the course but may be of interest.
Torah and Nomos(.rtf 53kb)
Handout from an old session on Torah and Nomos - understanding biblical law.
Deuteronomy(.rtf 50kb)
Handout from an old session on Deuteronomy.
The Ten Commandments(.rtf 27kb)
Comparisons of the Ten Commandments
Interpersonal Laws(.rtf 54kb)
Handout from an old session on the interpersonal laws and difficult laws such as the 'harsh punishments', the status of women, an eye for an eye, God's sanctions on war, homosexuality.

Week 9 - Reading through the Centuries

Preparation for Session 18 'Not one iota will pass from the law' - interpretations of law and narrative through the centuries
Presentation Preparation(.rtf 25kb)
This assignment gives guidelines for preparing a presentation for the seventeenth session (penultimate week)

Week 10 - Narrative and Legal Theory Applied

Preparation (optional) for Session 19 'The Implications of a Narrative and Legal Theology' and Session 20 'Law and Narrative for Ministry'
Assignment 6(.rtf 24kb)
Assignment 6 is optional but ueful for those who are wanting to use the material in ministry and preaching. It needs to be completed in time for the nineteenth session (final week)
Reading 9 Preaching(.rtf 58kkb)
9: 'We Uphold the Law' Preaching the Law
Handout 19 Narrative Theology(.rtf 34kb)
An introduction to Narrative Theology and the implications of having sacred scripture in legal and narrative forms.
You might also like to skim read the following which, for copyright reasons, cannot be put on the web - the books are in the library:

Class Documents

It is also possible to download the following Course documents
Introductory letter for Summer 2004(.rtf 19kb)
The letter that accompanies the reading pack and explains how this course is taught
Class Schedule for 2004(.rtf 19kb)
The Wesley College/WEMTC 2004 Class Schedule. This is available in web format from our Class Schedule Page
Wesley Assignment Titles (.rtf 19kb)
The Wesley Assignment Titles for Summer 2004. This is available in web format from our Wesley Assignment Titles page
WEMTC Assignment Titles (.rtf 19kb)
The WEMTC Preaching Assignment Titles for Summer 2004. This is available in web format from our WEMTC Assignment Titles page
Reading List for 2004(.rtf 19kb)
The Wesley College/WEMTC Reading List. This is available in web format from our Reading List Page
If you have found any of these helpful then do let me know and I may be encouraged to add to the list.

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