Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Need for a Plot

Readers struggle to find a plot in a genre that is really not meant to be a story; they often struggle to find an immediate blessing in what is really not meant to be a praise psalm. Even more perplexing than prophecy is the narrower genre of apocalyptic. How many Christian report being baffled by the books of Daniel and Revelation! Rather than wait to discover how forms like prophecy, apocalyptic, and proverbs work, many Christians move right on to interpretation and application. Since such a move gives priority to the readers' opinions over a contextual meaning of Scripture, unhealthy results can usually be expected.

-- Sandy & Giese, Cracking Old Testament Codes, p.14

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