I've always loved the stories of Daniel and his friends. The entire book of Daniel fascinates me.
“The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God’s world because God made us to be creative.” – Francis Schaeffer
Post by This Baron of Mora on Dec 19, 2012 21:58:10 GMT -5
Resha Caner: Any elements that make them glorious
Mine (in no particular order) from the Old Testament: 1. Gideon (the Judge). 2. Judges is general 3. Samuel (concerning David and Saul etc.) 4. Kings (despite moral downfall I think we can all see I really like history) 5. The allegory of Persia, Rome, and Greece etc. in Daniel 6. The conquest of the Promised Land by Joshua
Post by This Baron of Mora on Dec 19, 2012 22:51:11 GMT -5
As stated above I put them in no particular order, more like in the order as they came to mind. I find Gideon's victory where they break the jars and blow the trumpets causing the Midianites to turn on each other in panic by grace of God to be one of the best.
Post by Resha Caner on Dec 20, 2012 23:18:47 GMT -5
OK. I guess for me part of what makes a story epic is when it becomes the touchstone for a sacred idea. For example, a basic desire of a parent is being able to pass on key wisdom that will establish their children in the world. I can still remember a passage from A Year in the Maine Woods where the author realized that the information he had to pass on was not what his son needed. My heart broke with his when I read that.
But that is a close, intimate moment. The second thing that makes it epic is that it's something expansive - something that affects the fabric of a society rather than the relationship of two people. The story of Jonah has that element. It shows how the fate of an entire city can rise and fall on the ability of its king to lead. It was the king who heard Jonah's preaching and called the city to repentance. Yet Jonah ends in bitterness. It shows how small and petty people can be in the face of God's amazing grace.
The third aspect then, is the cathartic nature of the outcome. The story needs to rise to a climactic moment that produces a release of emotion - an overwhelming relief. If I pull all three of those things together, the story of Joseph might be the greatest story of the OT.
Or the sacrifice of Isaac. I still can't read that without getting choked up.
Yeah ... it just so happens I've been involved in a rather acerbic discussion about that in another forum. It's digressed quite far from the original question to include Jephthah and a whole host of other theological topics. People have some very strong opinions when it comes to the sacrifice of Isaac.
I'm fond of Jonah, Noah, Esther, and the Exodus as the stories they are.
I also like (and teach) the idea that God's story, as a whole, is still unfolding, despite Scripture being closed. I introduce plot mapping to private school literature students by doing a simple map of the Bible. The kids always get excited when we talk about what event would be the climax and then again when I show them where we are, between Acts and Revelation. It's been a favorite lesson of mine for years.
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I also like (and teach) the idea that God's story, as a whole, is still unfolding, despite Scripture being closed.
Hmm. That's an interesting phrase. It would make more sense to me to say Scripture is complete - the idea being that there is no need to add "new" theology, but God can still inspire people ... even inspire them to write.