Story as Torah

Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically

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"Wenham is not only a thoughtful exegete but a well-versed reader of the literature of Christian ethics."--Bruce C. Birch, Interpretation

What do the grand stories of Israel and her heroes, as well as the many seemingly mundane incidents found in these narrative stories, contribute to guiding contemporary readers in their daily behavior?

Renowned scholar Gordon Wenham offers Story as Torah, a succinct monograph demonstrating how Old Testament narratives can indeed function as "Torah," informing one's ethical choices. He uses the books of Genesis and Judges as test cases, working with texts that offer clear moral guidance as well as those in which the ethical teaching is at first glance dubious. The end result is an accessible book for seminarians, pastors, and other students and scholars of the Bible.


The Author

  1. Gordon J. Wenham

    Gordon J. Wenham

    Gordon J. Wenham (PhD, University of London) is tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol, England, and professor emeritus of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Story as...

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Reviews

"Wenham is not only a thoughtful exegete but a well-versed reader of the literature of Christian ethics."--Bruce C. Birch, Interpretation

"[Wenham's] writings are noted for their thoroughness and insight. He sees things in the text which others have often too quickly overlooked."--John H. Sailhamer, Faith and Mission

"Those who seek to cultivate the Old Testament themes so that God's guidance can address contemporary moral dilemmas will find this valuable."--Christian Chronicle

"[The author's] focus is upon Genesis and Judges; however, in doing so, Wenham also establishes principles that assist his readers in their own endeavor to read OT narratives in ways that are sensitive to their ethical thrust. . . . The most insightful aspect of this book is the author's discussion on the differences between the ethics in OT legal codes and OT narrative. . . . Wenham offers an accessible book that will help seminarians, pastors, and other students of the OT to interpret its narratives with more ethical depth and insight."--Reed Lessing, Concordia Journal