Comparative essay that focuses on two different genres from the Old Testament

The Medium is the Message.i?? This phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan in 1958 could well
describe the significance of giving attention to literary genre for interpreting biblical
texts. At that time, McLuhan proposed that the medium itself, not the content it
carries, should be the focus of study. He said that a medium affects the society in which
it plays a role not only by the content delivered over the medium, but also by the
characteristics of the medium itself, and the changes brought about as a consequence
of its introduction. [You might consider the impact technology has had on
communication : email, twitter; and on reading: kindle, e-books. The medium makes a
1. Select an example of 2 different biblical genres from the following: Poetry; prophetic
oracles;apocalyptic oracle; wisdom writing; drama.
2. Identify the likely historical context for each example (historical background).
3. Clearly identify elements that are particular to each genre.
4. What is the theological significance of each passage and how might each passage have
addressed the needs of its original audience? Again, what does it tell us about God?
The above steps are the necessary stages needed in any biblical analysis. In the light of your analysis and the point made McLuhan.
5. Evaluate the choice of this genre for this situation and theological expression.
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