Beauty and Power of
Biblical Exposition

Preaching the Literary
Artistry and Genres of the Bible
Written especially for preachers and teachers of the word, this book provides practical guides to faithfully expound and preach the Word acknowledging the different literary genres while keeping the original authors’ intentions in mind.

The six genres are discussed includes narratives, parables, epistles, poetry, proverbs, and visionary writings. Additional resources at the end of the chapters furnishes further helpful references. 

Douglas Sean O’Donnell is the Senior VP of Bible Editorial at Crossway Books. He has authored over a dozen books, including commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew, the Song of Songs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and 1-3 John. He earned his PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

Leland Ryken served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly fifty years. He served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible and has authored or edited over sixty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible.

Tracing the key patterns, symbols, and themes that bind the Bible together
into an overarching story.
Used with permission. In partnership with Crossway Publication.
Additional Resources on Biblical Exposition

1. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Word Today.
Wholesome, faithful preaching builds healthy churches. This is a good book  (and very readable) to refer to for practical guide on expository preaching by David Helm.

You can buy copies of the ebook in English here. These are also translated version in Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu.  

Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper.
Pastor John highlights that as God has spoken through the Bible, the glorious things said in the Book and their meaning need to be explained faithfully with God is exulted as part of worship.

Pastor John maintains that preaching is not merely concerned with explaining the text but a means of awakening worship by being worship in and of itself.

You can get a copy of the book and read it here.

3. An interview with Douglas O'Donnellco-author of the book The Beauty and Power of Biblical Exposition, by Dave Jenkins in Equipping You in Grace Podcast.

O'Donnell discussed how a literary approach to preaching helps pastors and Christians based on book which he co-authored with Leland Ryken.
O'Donnell believes that pastors and teachers should allow genres in the Bible to influence how the text is approached and communicated.

4. The Gospel Coalition discusses Preaching Christ from the Old Testament with Four Panelists.

Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Don Carson, and John Piper had a conversation on preaching Christ and faithful Gospel truth from the Old Testament.with Bryan Chapell moderating.

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