Can that faith save him? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Each of these forms deserves to be analyzed according to their genre. In doing so, it is necessary to trace the action in terms of plot: To ignore this aspect of biblical literature is to distort the Bible as a written document.
On defining literature, Leland Ryken observes that Literature does not, for example, discourse about virtue but instead shows a virtuous person acting. We might say that literature does not tell about characters and actions and concepts but presents characters in action.
Literature not only presents experience but interprets it. The writer of literature selects and molds his material according to discernible viewpoints. Human experience is presented in such a way as to express, whether explicitly or by implication, a world view.
Finally, literature is an interpretive presentation of experience in an artistic form. That is, the content of a work of literature is presented in the form of a novel, play, short story, poem, and so forth…A working definition of literature, then, is that it is an interpretive presentation of experience in an artistic form.
Fun and delight, pathos and violence, characterize the human portrayals; combined with the subtle divine dimension, the total effect is one of joy and seriousness together.
Plot Structure The universal monomyth contains four elements: These patterns represent the fulfillment of desire and the obstacles to it. There is a continual interpenetration of the supernatural into the earthly order, and God is a continual actor in human affairs.
One effect of this is that life becomes filled with meaning, since every event takes on spiritual significance.
In short, the setting and details of Ruth are pregnant with meaning. In Ruth, imagery such as provision is embodied in Bethlehem: The book begins with a famine but ends with plenty. Not only does she return to Naomi after the marriage proposal with a promise of redemption but also with tangible evidence of grain.
The use of the harvest cycle is also prevalent in Ruth. While the family tragedy is surrounded by famine, Ruth and Naomi return to Bethlehem when the famine has been abated at the beginning of the barley harvest, clueing the reader in to the hope they have.
Ruth exhibits both the typical initiation and death-rebirth cycles of the mythic plots. Like Naomi, she moves from the deathlike experience of the childless widow to the rebirth of marriage. In the beginning she is known as the Moabitess.
However, in the end, she is recognized as an ancestor of the great King David of Israel. The story of Ruth begins with death, moves toward marriage, and finds its ultimate fulfillment in birth. The tension and tragedy lies in the empty and lonely Naomi.
The plot of any story revolves around overcoming obstacles. In Ruth, the obstacles consist of Naomi attempting to dissuade Ruth from coming; Ruth approaching Boaz; and the potential kinsman with first rights. From this, a plot structure can be derived.
Pratt fits Ruth into a five-part plot structure. Ruth Discovers Potential Kinsman Redeemer ch. Boaz Agrees to be Kinsman Redeemer ch. Boaz Acquires Right to be the Kinsman-Redeemer 4: This stage is understood by the audience as a time of blessing and provision.
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