This lesson is designed to get you thinking in a narrative direction about the Bible as a whole. A companion article entitled “How Stories Work” explores the dynamics of stories in a more detailed manner.
All of the following items have been authored by Leland Ryken. A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Crossway, 2014) contains entries on all the narrative genres, forms, and conventions present in the stories of the Bible. A more comprehensive coverage of biblical narrative can be found in How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Biblical Narrative (Weaver Books, 2015; subsequently purchased by Lexham Press). There are also relevant chapters in How to Read the Bible as Literature (Zondervan, 1984) and Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible (Baker, 1987).