for those continuing in their ministry
The Bible is a collection of books written:
- by different authors
- in different styles
- at different times
- for specific audiences
What we know about literature can be applied to the Bible
Three common literary genres found in the Bible are narrative, poetry and discourse.
- The literal sense: the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture, interpreted soundly
- The allegorical sense: symbolic; recognising the significance of events in Christ
- The moral sense: Scripture leads us to act justly
- The anagogical sense: viewing realities and events in terms of eternal significance.
What is the genre of each of the scripture passages below (or in the handout): narrative, poetry or discourse? How were you able to identify the genre of the text?
The Senses of Scripture (US Bible Week 2015 Article)