† † † † † † † ††Chapter six of Reading the Bible as Literature, written by Jeanie C. Crain, is called Character: A Way of Identifying.† This chapter goes in to details about different types of characters and how the characters are developed through different ways.† There will be background information that will help the reader of this review understand what is going on before the chapter dives in to the meat of characters.† The contents of the book will be included along with the audience and purpose for this chapter.† There will then be an evaluation and reaction to this chapter as a whole.†

††††††††††††††† This chapter, like the others, starts off with preliminary considerations that provide some information to get the reader started and thinking about what is going to come in the chapter.† The chapter then goes into details about how to identify characters.† The chapter ends with some exercises and questions available for readers. The audience for this chapter could include students studying religion or literature.† It also could include anyone interested in furthering their beliefs and knowledge about religion and the Bible.† The audience for this chapter needs to be dedicated to looking into the Bible and verses in the Bible to see what the author is talking about.†

††††††††††††††† Chapter six of Reading the Bible as Literature, starts off with some Preliminary Considerations.† In this section of the book, the author, Jeanie C. Crain, provides some information that is necessary and helpful for understanding of the rest of the chapter.† This section has a few sub-sections.† The sub-sections of this section are definitions, traditional approach to reading the bible and unique characteristics.† During these sections and sub-sections, the author provides the reader with much important information to understand the rest of the chapter.†

††††††††††††††† The next section of this chapter is Identifying Characters.† During this section, the author went ahead and started introducing some characters from the Bible to the reader.† The first sub-section in this is identifying character through context: King Saul and the Witch of Endor.† In this part, the author starts to talk to the reader about different characters and how they developed.† The end of this sub-section provides some definitions.† These definitions are round character and flat character.† This helps the reader to identify if the characters in the Bible are either one of these types of characters.†

††††††††††††††† The next sub-section under Identifying Characters is identifying charact3er through actions: King Solomon and two women prostitutes.† During this section, the author talks about how characters are developed through the actions that they take.† The author gives examples of how certain characters do this.† The narrator has the choice of how to portray the characters through the actions.†

††††††††††††††† The next is identifying character though other charactersí responses: King Josiah and Huldah.† This section is about how the narrator can use other characters in the book in order to portray a certain character.† The next section talks about how characters are developed through the words that they use.† This is another big part of how characters are developed.†

††††††††††††††† The next two sections discuss with examples how characters are developed through symbolic actions and through requests.† Both of these are important to the characters development as well.† The last three talk about how characters are identified through impact, description and structure.†

††††††††††††††† Overall, the chapter does a great job at achieving its goal. The chapter provides in depth definitions and examples to help the reader understand what the author is talking about.† It is important with this type of literature analysis to provide examples so that the reader has a better understanding of what the author is traying to explain.†

††††††††††††††† The possibilities that are suggested by the book are mainly at the end of the chapter through the questions and exercises.† These are great possibilities for the reader to expand their knowledge and do some research on their own after reading the chapter.†

††††††††††††††† The book has not left anything out.† It covers the main ways that characters are identified and developed throughout the Bible and majority of literature.† The chapter at times has long sentences that were hard to stay focused on.† Also, some of the examples were dragged out and hard to stay focused on.†

††††††††††††††† All of the points are convincing and it is easy to understand.† Other than the long sentences and examples that I took note of, there are no other negatives about the chapter.† The reader has the opportunity to expand their knowledge outside of the chapter with the questions and exercises.

††††††††††††††† Overall, chapter six of Reading the Bible as Literature, was intriguing and provided a lot of information about characters and how they develop.† The chapter starts with some preliminary information and then dives into the heart of the character information.† The chapter goes through how characters are developed and identified.† The chapter wraps up with some questions and exercises.†