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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (15 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801049563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801049569
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'... [enables] even the beginner to grasp the sense of Scripture as a single great story - a drama in which we are all invited to pay a part. I am delighted to see solid scholarship made easily accessible in this splendid fashion.' Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham 'The Drama of Scripture should be read, discussed, and acted on by Christians everywhere... Engaging almost every book of the Bible, Bartholomew and Goheen help us see the dynamic forward movement of the story that has not yet reached its end. The story encompasses us and calls for our conscious, enthusiastic engagement.' Jim Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice, Washington, D.C" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ontario. He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes and the coeditor of a number of volumes, including the forthcoming Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Michael W. Goheen (Ph.D., University of Utrecht) is associate professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University College and is the author of As the Father Has Sent Me, I Am Sending You. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on 9 Nov. 2010
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The book divides the Bible into Acts like a story. It's very interesting read and explains the Bible as a whole extremely well. I'm using it as a core book in a Theology Course at Uni. But would reccommed it for those wanting to get a taste of the Bible as a whole.
Very goog book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on 9 May 2013
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Everyone is drawn to a good story, yet many are unfamiliar with the story that we actually live in! The Bible tells the true story of redemption, and authors Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen have attempted to bring a wider attention to this in their book The Drama of Scripture.

In the words of the authors,

"We have written this book to tell the biblical story of redemption as a unified, coherent narrative of God's ongoing work of salvation" (ix)

I am reviewing the UK adaptation, which has been streamlined to better serve as a study tool for churches. Changes include reduced content, removal of most footnotes, and new sections with contemporary significance. I have no familiarity with the US version so it will not factor into my review.

For what it attempts - tracing the Biblical storyline and finding our place within it - this book largely succeeds. The authors are very competent at clearly summarizing larger sections and themes of Scripture; it's impressive to find the Biblical story condensed to 167 pages! Secondly, the reader is constantly presented with practical implications drawn from the text, along with probing discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The authors are clearly passionate about showing the relevance of the Scripture today.

The drama of redemptive history is helpfully presented in six major `acts' with an interlude.

Act 1: Creation
Act 2: Fall
Act 3: Israel (Redemption initiated)
Interlude: The intertestamental period
Act 4: Christ (Redemption accomplished)
Act 5: Church
Act 6: Return (Redemption completed)

This is a helpful teaching tool to keep the reader aware of which point in the story they have reached.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mackintosh on 23 Feb. 2010
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This book is absolutely brilliant. It provides an excellent overview of the "big story" of the Bible and provides the best interpretive framework I have come across for making sense of individual books, themes and passages of Scripture. I also have the SPCK version which has some useful study questions, but for thoroughness and the excellent end-notes you can't beat this original edition. Brilliantly fast service from Bookcloseout in Canada. Buy it while it's still available!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thunga banda on 24 April 2011
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i think this is very good in the way that it telols the Bible as a story something that we can all take part in and participate in without a lot of theology.
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The Drama of Scripture is the first book in the trilogy that also includes Living at the Crossroads and Christian Philosophy. First published in 2004, now a decade later we have the updated second edition.

The success of the first edition has been justly deserved. It has been translated into Russian, Korean, Chinese, Czech and Spanish. There were UK and US version and an abridged version with a study guide published as The True Story of the Whole World and now this second edition.

The second edition hasn’t changed the narrative structure; the biblical story of creation, fall and redemption still remains, as do the chapter titles. The main additions are not major but include mainly updated references and a few literary tweaks, its length has been increased by almost ten per cent.

The book was written for first-year undergraduates but the appeal will be wider. In an age when biblical literacy is waning, even in the church, this book will provide a welcome tool in the pastor’s, and was as educator’s, arsenal. Few books do a similar job of retelling the biblical narrative as a coherent, unified, integrated story of redemption. Even fewer do it with the grace, humour and accessibility of Bartholomew and Goheen. The book will help makes sense of the storied scriptures and of our storied world. Finding our place in the scriptures will help us to find our place and role in the world. This second edition is to be warmly welcomed.
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By 123lee on 27 Oct. 2013
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Book arrived in first class new condition, it's very easy to read & I count it as a real treasure. Thank you very much for your efficient service & great quality products
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