The Power of Point of View

“Crazy Rich Asians”: an ALMOST perfect movie experience

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September 6, 2018 • FEATURE, point of view on SCREEN

by GARY YAMASAKI   It’s rare that I see a movie that grabs my attention in the first scene and has a stranglehold on it ’til the last. . .but I saw one just recently: Crazy Rich Asians. I found it to be the most perfectly executed movie I’ve ever seen. . .except for one thing: the… Read More ›

point of view in BIBLICAL NARRATIVE »

Seeing the Birth of Jesus Through “2000-Year-Old” Eyes

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by GARY YAMASAKI  While posts on this site over the past five years have examined many different components of the workings of ‘point of view’ in the crafting of biblical stories, the present post represents a “first” in that it addresses the issue of cultural point of view. It is clear that the manipulation of… Read More ›

point of view & HOMILETICS »

“Standing far off”: Using the Spatial Plane in the Sermon

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by BRYAN NASH   According to Luke, on one occasion Jesus told a parable to people who trusted in themselves. “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men,… Read More ›

point of view on SCREEN »

“Crazy Rich Asians”: an ALMOST perfect movie experience

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by GARY YAMASAKI   It’s rare that I see a movie that grabs my attention in the first scene and has a stranglehold on it ’til the last. . .but I saw one just recently: Crazy Rich Asians. I found it to be the most perfectly executed movie I’ve ever seen. . .except for one thing: the… Read More ›

point of view & LINGUISTICS »

Bilingualism in Perspective: Ideology Construed Through Language Shifting in Daniel – Part 2

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by ZACHARY K. DAWSON   That Daniel 7 remains in Aramaic before the Hebrew text recommences in chapter 8 has puzzled biblical scholars for years, and no answer to this question to date has fully satisfied this query. It is the present writer’s contention that Bill Arnold paved a way forward in his point-of-view analysis of… Read More ›

TEACHING point of view »

Perspective Criticism in the Classroom

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by GARY YAMASAKI   This past semester, I was approached to teach a seminary course that provides a survey of the various different ways the Bible has been interpreted during the past couple of centuries. And, naturally, I thought of “Perspective Criticism” as one of the methodologies to include in this survey. Given all that I… Read More ›

point of view DYNAMICS »

Seymour Chatman’s Alternative Take on “Point of View”

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by GARY YAMASAKI   The idea for this blog post actually has its roots in a writing project of mine that is not focused on point of view. Last year, I was contacted by Fortress Press to see if I would contribute a volume to a new series they were developing–Reading the Bible in the 21st Century–dedicated… Read More ›

IDEOLOGICAL point of view »

Ideological Point of View in the Account of the Four Lepers (2 Kings 7:3-9)

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by JESSE C. LONG JR.   In his Who Knew What When post, Gary Yamasaki correctly understands the account of the four lepers in 2 Kings 7 as crafted so that the implied reader experiences the event through the point of view of the characters in the story. On the informational point of view plane, the… Read More ›

perspective criticism: the BOOK »

S.B.L. Book Review Session on “Perspective Criticism” (part 8): Response to Yamasaki’s Response

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by FRANCIS LANDY   I really profited from Gary’s response to my response. It showed me where we differ, and where I have misunderstood him. I think he is right, or at least partially right, in his criticism of my reading of the climactic moment in the story of the Akedah, in which the narrator/narrative focuses… Read More ›

point of view & PERFORMANCE CRITICISM »

Unmixing Our Metaphors, Media, and Methods: A Response to Phil Ruge-Jones

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by LEON SEAMAN   Gary Yamasaki’s work on point-of-view dynamics is rooted in literary criticism, but draws on the analogy of camera angle in film to illustrate these dynamics. When I read his first book, Watching a Biblical Narrative, its title suggested the interaction between reading text and watching film or live performance. Yet it might… Read More ›