The Plowshare and the Sword

Poetic Tales of Old Testament Characters

by Margaret E. Rinkel



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/13/2019

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781973653554
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781973653530
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781973653547

About the Book

Discover drama in the lives of more than forty Old Testament figures between 4,000 B.C. and 445 B.C. Introduced by the itinerant storyteller, dramatic monologues and dialogues show the Hebrew people caught up in the religious and political turmoil of the times. Patriarchs, prophets, and ordinary folk speak of injustice, inequality, and oppression. Through adversity, the Hebrews define their relationships with their God Yahweh. Old Testament figures, earthy and exemplary, emerge in moments that connect all humans to one family.

For church program resources, these story poems lend themselves to devotional reading, table drama, group study, and performance with simple costumes and props. For groups, the vignettes offer questions for discussion with questions for reflection and discussion.

The storyteller projects hope for a world in which “justice shatters the blood-edged sword, and mercy proclaims the life-giving plowshare.”

About the Author

Margaret E. Rinkel is a former high school English teacher with a lifelong interest in biblical study, storytelling and poetry. Her creative approach to classroom instruction earned an Illinois Governor’s Master Teaching Award. In addition to her poetry contributions she co-authored The Picshuas of H. G. Wells: A Burlesque Diary.