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Religious Stories We Live By

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Chapter Summary

This is the introductory chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized. The book contains four sections: biblical studies, empirical studies, systematic studies and historical studies. The first section focuses on the Old Testament, novel Cain, which is a gruesome story of gang rape, and the women in the Samson narratives. The second section deals with personal stories and the (religious) identities people construct through those stories, narrative construction of identity among Muslim women and interpretation of life stories. The third section offers an introduction to narrative approaches in systematic theology and passion narrative. The final section presents a parallel description of a protestant narrative community, that of Reformed Pietism, conflicting story-telling between individual, community, and society, and the artwork and texts by Charlotte Salomon.

Keywords: Charlotte Salomon; Muslim women; Old Testament; passion narrative; Reformed Pietism; religious stories; Samson narratives; systematic theology



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