Shelf Life Book Review: Interpreting Gospel Narratives

Chelica Hiltunen

Interpreting Gospel Narratives: Scenes, People, and Theology
B&H Publishing Group, 2010

In this book, Timothy Wiarda shows how exploring character development, plot line, object description and setting can lead to a deeper understanding of the biblical text and its theological implications.

Understanding gospel narratives can often be difficult, with seemingly unrelated scenes and details inhibiting our ability to draw practical conclusions. Wiarda’s book explores the complexity of narrative while providing techniques for understanding the text. His work is driven by his belief, based on John 15:26–27, that two testimonies continue to affect the church: the Spirit’s and the apostles’—both found in the gospels.

Wiarda uses examples that show how narrative details can lead to discerning theological emphasis. He explains how passages function within the narrative whole. His method provides insight to gospel episodes and traces overarching and connecting themes for use in practical, theological application.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation . Originally published in print, Vol. 3 No. 2