Performance criticism

Alternate Labels

  • Storytelling
  • Exegesis: Performance criticism / storytelling

Key Passages

Reading List


Biblical Performance Criticism series forthcoming in Logos

  • The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance edited by Holly E. Hearnon and Philip Ruge-Jones
  • From Orality to Orality: A New Paradigm for Contextual Translation of the Bible by James A. Maxey
  • The Case for Mark Composed in Performance by Antoinette Clark Wire
  • Oral Tradition in Ancient Israel by Robert D. Miller II


Resource List from the Seminar of the Network of Biblical Storytellers

  • Boomershine, Thomas E. Story Journey: An Invitation to the Gospel as Storytelling (Nashville:Abingdon Press, 1988).
  • Dewey, Joanna, editor. Semeia 65: Orality and Textuality in Early Christian Literature (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995).
  • Hearon, Holly E. The Mary Magdalene Tradition: Witness and Counter-Witness in Early Christian Communities (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004).
  • Rhoads, David. Reading Mark: Engaging the Gospel (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
  • Shiner, Whitney. Proclaiming the Gospel: First-Century Performance of Mark (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2003).
  • Swanson, Richard W. Provoking the Gospel of Luke (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2006).
  • Swanson, Richard W. Provoking the Gospel: Methods to Embody Biblical Stoytelling through Drama (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004).

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