Interlude (importance of preaching OT narrative)

Often I read Old Testament scholars who treat the biblical text as if it has minimal value. When that happens I recall what Gilbert Porter, a Contemporary Novels teacher, told a class at the University of Missouri: “We take these novels seriously because they teach us how to live.” Then I wonder why a biblical scholar cannot take an Old Testament narrative as seriously, and with as much reverence, as Porter took Catcher in the Rye or other novels.

Paul House, “The Value of Old Testament Narratives: A Personal Reflection” in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 2:3 (Fall 1998).

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