The Power of Point of View

Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative


This fall Fortress Press introduces its new series on Reading the Bible in the 21st Century.  Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative by Gary Yamasaki is one of two inaugural offerings of this series. This volume develops an innovative approach to biblical narrative, exploring the way stories are treated in filmmaking, including point of view as one of the dynamics.

In our culture, the voluminous exposure we have to movies has resulted in our being conditioned to experience cinematic stories in a particular manner: for example, seeing them as events rather than objects, and the story worlds of movies as distinct from the real world. However, biblical stories are not typically viewed through this cinematic-story lens, making our analysis of biblical narrative out of step with what has become our natural mode of experiencing stories. This book demonstrates how fresh interpretive insights emerge when we read biblical stories like we watch movies.

Table of Contents

1. The Intersection of Bible and Film: An Introduction

2. A Cinematic-Story Paradigm for Analyzing Biblical Narrative

3. Abraham’s Near Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1–19)

4. The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13–21)

5. Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Film Index


Gary Yamasaki has served on faculty at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, British Columbia, for over twenty-five years, and is now professor emeritus. His interest in the interpretive significance of biblical narrative crafting is reflected in his books: Perspective Criticism: Point of View and Evaluative Guidance in Biblical Narrative (2012) and Watching a Biblical Narrative: Point of View in Biblical Exegesis (2008).

For Further Information

Excerpt from Chapter 2: A Cinematic-Story Paradigm for Analyzing Biblical Narrative

Reading the Bible for the 21st Century: Insights Series

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