Category Archives: Lenses

Story-within-the-story lens for the Bible story

Theologian N.T. Wright’s tome, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013), expounds the story-within-the-story lens for the Bible story.

The narratives are of:

  • God and the world
  • God and humans
  • God and Israel

Of the single narrative of God and Israel, within the single narrative of God and humans, within the single narrative of God and the world.

Refer Part II: The Mindset of the Apostle, Chapter 7, The Plot, the Plan and the Storied Worldview (Wright, N.T., 2013, pp. 456-537).

References

Wright, N. T. (Nicholas Thomas) (2013).  Paul and the faithfulness of God.  Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London

Five-act lens for the Bible story

As described within at least three books (referenced below), theologian N.T. Wright has proposed the five-act lens for the Bible story.

The five acts are as follows:

  • Act I
    Adam
  • Act II
    “the fall”
  • Act III
    Israel
  • Act IV
    Christ
  • Act V
    the church

References

Wright, N.T. (1992). The New Testament and the people of God, Christian origins and the question of God, vol. 1. London: Fortress Press

Wright, N.T. (2005). Paul: fresh perspectives. London: SPCK

Wright, N.T. (2005b). Scripture and the authority of God. London: SPCK