Old Testament Narrative

Old Testament Narratives are units of thought that fit within the larger framework of an Old Testament Book.

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Genesis 21:1-21

Gen. 21:1-21 Locate the passage Abraham believed God’s promise, but to this point, it had not been realized. God could have used other means to make of Abraham a great nation (as Abraham offered several times), but His promise was a child through Abraham and... Read More »

Genesis 20:1-18

Gen. 20:1-18 Locate the passage This passage is immediately after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin and the incest between Lot and his daughters and the consequences the text foreshadows. These two events point to the consequences of s... Read More »

Genesis 19:1-38

Gen. 19:1-38 Locate the passage Abraham was successful in bargaining with the Lord for a reduced minimum number of righteous people required before the Lord would destroy the city, but was still unsuccessful in saving the city. In this passage, the messengers ... Read More »

Genesis 18:16-33

Gen. 18:16-33 Locate the passage This pericope continues the encounter between Abraham and the “three men.” Having emphasized God’s Covenant Promise to Abraham, now the attention of the men moves to Sodom and Gomorrah. Genre The passage is narrative. It ... Read More »

Genesis 18:1-15

Gen. 18:1-15 Locate the passage The Promise of an offspring for Abraham and Sarah was made and believed, but had not yet occurred. This time, it is Sarah’s turn to laugh. Genre The passage is narrative. It records a conversation between the Lord (angel?) and... Read More »

Genesis 17:1-27

Gen. 17:1-27 Locate the passage This passage occurs after Abram’s belief expressed in God in Genesis 15 is followed by a lack of faith in Genesis 16. As with Gen. 15:1, the Lord appears to Abram and introduces Himself with a new understanding of who He is. G... Read More »

Genesis 16:1-16

Gen. 16:1-16 Locate the passage This passage occurs immediately after the renewal of the Abrahamic Covenant in Gen. 15 It represents the parenthesis between God’s promise and its fulfillment. It is the third in a series of episodes of doubt (cf. 12:10-20; 15... Read More »

Genesis 15:1-21

Gen. 15:1-21 Locate the passage Since God’s Covenant with Abram was first established in 12:1-3, Abram has failed miserably by lacking faith and succeeded greatly by acting in faith. Throughout, God has been faithful, but Abram still does not have an heir. T... Read More »

Who in the World is Shamgar?

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Who in the World is Shamgar? by Dr. Denny Autrey. Read More »

Genesis 14:1-24

Gen. 14:1-24 Locate the passage This pericope records the battle scene of four kingdoms of the East battle five kingdoms of the West to whom they have been subjugated for twelve years.  In the battle, Lot is taken during the defeat of the western kingdoms. Ge... Read More »

Genesis 13:1-18

Gen. 13:1-18 Locate the passage This passage tracks Abram’s journey back to the land of Canaan from which he should not have previously left. Genre The passage is narrative.  It records conversations between Abram and Lot and the Lord and Abram. Determine t... Read More »

Genesis 12:10-20

Gen. 12:10-20 Locate the passage This passage chronicling Abram’s lack of faith in God follows immediately after God’s promise to Abram and Abram’s faithful response.  It demonstrates the immaturity of Abram’s faith and a shocking disregard for his wi... Read More »