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Lesson 2 Writing Styles of the Bible? Why are they important?

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Writing Styles of the Bible? Why are they important?

We interpret various documents differently. Think about it, your mind prepares itself to comprehend a memo at work differently than it would a detailed report. Memo’s are easy and usually speak on a single topic, while a detailed report usually takes a bit more time to sift through. Memo’s are kind of fun. At least people care enough to keep you in the action. Reports require a person to examine the details so they take more mental energy to comprehend their message.

This is the case with the Bible. For those people just getting their first Bible, they see a two-inch thick leather bound book they are excited about. Then they open to the content page and think to them selves, “Wow, where do I start?” I always point these people to the Gospel of Mark. Mark gives the big picture in a short amount of time. Mark writes in a fast way. He does not waste words yet he is very expressive concerning what he is saying.

At first the Bible seems difficult to get your head around, but there are some simple ways to make the task easier. Let’s talk about the “five writing styles” found in the Bible.

1. Narrative: Or simple story form. Much of the Bible is written in this form. Just like any other book it conveys a story line to communicate events recorded in the narrative.

2. Poetry: Some of the best poetry ever written is found in the Bible. It powerfully communicates the heart of the writer. It displays personal emotion to give us the feel for the situations communicated to us.

3. Parables: Is an older writing style that has come down to us from ancient times when stories, sayings and histories were passed on verbally. Parables were used to teach a single message.

4. Epistle: This is the correspondence or letter style. It is written from one party, to another party. They can be read just like we would read a friends letter today.

5. Prophesy: Is a writing style that illuminates. They always relate some message from God conveyed to His subjects as a warning or a revelation about Himself.

There are times when you may find more than one writing style in a book of the Bible. In the case of the “Gospels” you may find Poem’s and Song’s, Parables and Prophesy all within its pages. It is important to recognize the writing style no matter where they are found in scripture. Once you’ve nailed this down, it is much easier to observe, interpret and apply what God is telling you.

Assignment: Read "Mark 6", "Psalms 1", "Jude", "Luke 7:40-43" and "Hab. 2:1-3" Determine what writing style each text is and label them either "Narrative, Peotry, Parable, Epistle or Prophesy. Each text should be a different writing style. When complete, make "reply" to this Lesson, with any questions you may have.

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1. Mark 6 = What writing style?
2. Psalms 1 = What writing style?
3. Luke 7:40-43 = What writing style?
4. Jude = What writing style?
5. Habbakkuk 2:1-3 = What writing style?

Next Lessons: 3. Questions are the answer? What do you mean by that?


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