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date: 27 May 2020

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The story is fundamental in human life. As plot, narrative may embrace that which is finally mysterious, such as we find within the biblical narratives of Genesis and in the “counter-coherences” perceived by the narratologist Mieke Bal. This mystery of the biblical narratives is recognized in the rabbinical form of interpretation known as midrash and in the parables of the New Testament, relating to modern literature in writers like Kafka and Borges. The nineteenth-century novel is born from biblical narrative so that even within fiction narrative remains a way of being religious. The twentieth century saw the advent of “narrative theology” and the collapse of narrative form in postmodernism. Yet the story remains in our story-shaped world, drawing us back in fiction to the Bible and to the Gospel narratives.

Keywords: narrative, story, plot, mystery, truth, counter-coherence, midrash, mashal, parable, postmodern

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