At Home in the Word | Narrative {S6 E3}


Melanie Newhouse joins us on the podcast today to explore what biblical narrative is, and how the history of an ancient people remains important for our current faith journeys. We take a look at what the overarching metanarrative of the Bible is and how Scripture is different from any other piece of narrative literature. We also take an introspective stance as we discuss how the biblical narrative genre informs the process of our transformation and points to our ultimate need for Christ as our Redeemer and Savior.

Melanie has called Christ her Redeemer since attending summer camp when she was 17. Shortly after, she began dating the man she calls her husband and best friend. They have had the joy of raising four boys together and, as a family, moved to Ohio from their beloved Michigan six and a half years ago.

One of her favorite Scriptures is Psalm 119:169-176:
“Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.”

Connect with Melanie via Instagram @bloom_in_ohio or through Facebook.

Podcast Navigation: 

02:00 Meet Melanie
05:30 What is biblical narrative
08:10   Why we should study the narrative genre
11:20   Overview of biblical metanarrative
15:20   How narrative genre fits into the bigger metanarrative
17:20   Purposes and nuances of narrative genre
21:00   Tips and challenges of studying narrative
33:10   How narrative genre helps point to Christ
37:00 Resources for study
40:50 Parting encouragement

On this episode, Bethany and Melanie talk about the following references and resources:

*Reference Disclaimer: All references made by podcast guests are of their own accord. The inclusion of references and resources by guests on the podcast does not equate to an endorsement of those resources from Dayton Women in the Word.