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Biblical Narrative Learning: Teaching Adequate Faith in the Gospel of John
Ha, Tung Chiew

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015 pp. xviii + 220. $27.00


Description: Biblical narrative learning is a non-critical educational approach for Christian communities with diverse learning backgrounds, involving three sets of movement: inquire and invent, interpret and imagine-inspire, and imitate and impart. It is grounded in humankind's universal capacity to teach and learn through stories and built on practices in narrative learning, along with biblical narratives. The Gospel of John provides a model for this interpretive process that continues the teaching of living in a loving relationship with God and one another. John uses many literary devices to enhance an affective and reflective learning. The literary devices create the familiar-strange effect. John's narrative fosters remembrance of the Story and guides the learner to adequate faith in God. It inculcates adequate faith to wait in suspense, while the Jesus Story and our stories, when they are remembered, create new understanding and transform the life experiences of the person.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Akio Ito
Published 1/26/2017
Citation: Akio Ito, review of Tung Chiew Ha, Biblical Narrative Learning: Teaching Adequate Faith in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Dirk van der Merwe
Published 1/26/2017
Citation: Dirk van der Merwe, review of Tung Chiew Ha, Biblical Narrative Learning: Teaching Adequate Faith in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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