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BACKGROUND TO LITERARY FORMS IN THE BIBLE

Myth - a traditional story focusing on the deeds of gods or heroes, often in explanation of some natural phenomenon.

List - an itemized series of names, words, etc., usually recorded in a set order.

Prophecy - a prediction made under divine influence and direction

Law - a rule of conduct, moral principle, etc., derived from a generally recognized concept of universal justice.

Sermon - a speech of a serious or solemn kind of pronouncement.

History - a record or account usually written in chronological order of past events, especially those concerning a particular nation or people.

Letter - a written or printed message, usually of a personal nature or concerning a specific subject.

Proverbs - prose or poetic statements or maxims for instruction.

Parables - short allegorical stories told to bring out a moral or religious truth.

Psalm - a sacred song or poem