The How To Read the Bible series walks through each literary style found in the Bible to show how each uniquely contributes to the overall storyline. Each literary style lives by its own rules and structure.
The Bible can be broken into several categories of writing. Approximately 43% of the Bible is made up of narrative, from historical narrative to parables. Roughly 33% of the Bible is poetry, including songs, reflective poetry, and the passionate, politically resistant poetry of the prophets. The remaining 24% of the Bible is prose discourse, including laws, sermons, letters, and even one essay.
The Bible is an ancient Jewish collection of sacred literature made up of many different literary styles. Each biblical book uses a combination of all the literary styles to make its unique contribution to the story of the Bible. First, let's take a look at the narrative style of storytelling.
By the end of this series, you will be familiar with every part of the Bible and see how it uses language to communicate who God is, who we are, and the big, redemptive story that we are all living.
Mark 1:15 Genesis 1:26-31 Genesis 3:6-7 Genesis 4:8 Genesis 6:5 Genesis 12:1-3 Exodus 19:4-6 Deuteronomy 6:3 2 Samuel 7:8-16 2 Kings 17:7-18 2 Chronicles 36:15-19 Isaiah 43:1-7 Daniel 2:44 Daniel 7:14 Matthew 4:17 Luke 4:43 Matthew 4:23-24 Matthew 9:35 Matthew 1:21-23 Matthew 3:3 Mark 1:2-3 Matthew 2:5-6 Micah 5:2 Matthew 3:17 Psalms 2:7 Genesis 22:2 Isaiah 42:1 Mark 15:17-20 Matthew 20:25-28