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Reluctant Prophets & Clueless Disciples Introducing the Bible by Telling Its Stories

Bob Darden

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ISBN 10: 0687493951 / ISBN 13: 9780687493951
Published by ABINGDON PRESS, 2006
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Title: Reluctant Prophets & Clueless Disciples ...


Publication Date: 2006

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It was once said that all a person has to do to realize God has a very good sense of humor is to look at a platypus. The same sentiment applies to the Bible. The Bible often seems like foreign territory, not only for students encountering it in introductory classes, but also for those who have spent many years in church. To many people, it is an intimidating collection of rules, lists, and theological arguments. But in reality, most of the Bible is made up of fascinating stories. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're weird, sometimes they're inspiring, but they're never dull. This college-level introduction invites students into biblical studies through creative, humorous retellings (and a few cartoons here and there) of the basic biblical narratives. The best way to get into the Bible, says Robert F. Darden, is to get to know its stories. In this new approach to introducing the Bible to students, Darden covers the major biblical stories and characters, retelling them in such a way as to bring out their original humor and pathos, and inviting the student to encounter them more fully by moving into the text itself.

Click here to listen to Terri Gross's interview with Robert Darden on NPR's Fresh Air about the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden runs the project at Baylor University where he is a journalism professor. The purpose of the project is to identify, acquire, preserve, record, and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition, primarily between 1945 and 1970.

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The best way to get into the Bible, says Robert Darden, is to get to know its stories.

"Darden sees what a difference a little irreverence can make when it comes to explaining God's Word. It is the eternal truth transmitted, after all, in the story of a bunch of yahoos, in as much as all of us humans are silly, faulted, complicated creatures. Much loved by our Creator, but a bunch of yahoos nonetheless. By mixing a certain scholarly gravitas and spiritual voice of authority with blithe prose and a profound reverence for God's own sense of humor, in Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples, Darden has created a marvelously accessible, thoroughly inviting primer on the wit and wisdom of the Bible." --Cathleen Falsani, Religion Columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times

"Have you ever tried following some of the stories in Scripture and found yourself saying, 'Huh?' Then don't miss this book! Beautifully fluid and theologically honorable, Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples is down-to-earth, infused with laugh-out-loud humor, and reads much like a well-loved novel. Many have attempted a précis of the Bible, but Robert Darden has truly taken this genre and triumphed." --Karla Yaconelli, Youth Specialties

"Robert Darden's retelling of ancient stories is stimulating, humorous, and occasionally even, well, prophetic. He loves to play with the stories that most of us know, stretching them in new directions, pulling out of them unconventional ideas, and most of the time discovering what we used to call wisdom before it was replaced with mere information." --Quentin J. Schultze, Calvin College

"Falling down, messing up, running around, missing out. Glorious victory, profound insight, humble service, faithful living. How do we make sense of the both the messiness and the glory of the storied lives we find in the Scriptures? And what can we learn from hearing these stories again, or for the first time? Robert Darden challenges each pilgrim on their journey of faith, as he retells the stories of the reluctant prophets and clueless disciples of Scripture. Read this book and (re)discover how much we have in common with these ancients of old." --Ron Mahurin, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

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