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Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative
Yamasaki, Gary

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016 pp. x + 160. $29.00

Series Information
Reading the Bible in the 21st Century: Insights


Description: In this volume, Gary Yamasaki develops an innovative approach to biblical narrative, exploring the way stories are treated in filmmaking, and using that as a model for analyzing biblical stories. In our culture, the voluminous exposure we have to movies has resulted in our being conditioned to experience cinematic stories in a particular manner: for example, seeing them as events rather than objects, and the story worlds of movies as distinct from the real world. However, biblical stories are not typically viewed through this cinematic-story lens, making our analysis of biblical narrative out of step with what has become our natural mode of experiencing stories. This book demonstrates how fresh interpretive insights emerge when we read biblical stories like we watch movies. Each volume in the new Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Steve A. Wiggins
Published 9/7/2017
Citation: Steve A. Wiggins, review of Gary Yamasaki, Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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