How Bible Stories Work is the first of a projected six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. An expert at exploring the intersection of the Bible and literature, Leland Ryken shows pastors and students and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of biblical narrative and how to interpret it correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of story - he includes exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.
Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor of English Emeritus at Wheaton College, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of more than 30 books, including How to Read the Bible as Literature (Zondervan), Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible (Baker), Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective (Wipf & Stock), Effective Bible Teaching (Baker), A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Crossway), and co-editor of Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP).
Leland Ryken has been a pacesetter in the literary study of the Bible, especially within the evangelical community. Those of us who find this approach to Scripture especially enriching are always ready to listen when Ryken speaks. Kudos to the Weaver Book Company for launching an entire series in which Ryken will take us on a guided tour of the various types of literature in the Bible. In this first volume he addresses biblical narrative, focusing on important topics such as universal themes, setting, characterization, and plot. Readers who master Rykens principles will find the Bible open up to them in new, exciting ways.