Lesson 3

The world of narrative or story is a vast domain that encompasses numerous narrative subgenres.  This lesson looks at some of the most important narrative genres found in the Bible, including hero story, epic, comedy, tragedy, and parable.  While it is always important to view a text in terms of its specific subgenres, we need to keep in mind that all of the genres covered in this lesson belong to the larger category of story in general.

As we begin a journey through narrative subtypes, it is also important that we realize that narrative is the dominant form in the Bible as a whole.  If we stand back at the greatest distance from the Bible, we see that it consists of the narrative ingredients of setting, characters, and plot. The Bible has the shapely narrative pattern of a beginning, a middle, and an end.