Our culture has produced plenty of fine remakes, but nothing beats the Old Testament prequel.
The problem with well-known stories is that they grow dull through familiarity. When narratives become part of the cultural fabric — think Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, or Hamlet — they may retain their charm, but they will usually lose their edge. So creative people find ways of retelling them that capture the drama and basic storyline of the original, but with a twist. Move Romeo and Juliet to New York, and you get West Side Story. Turn Cinderella into a prostitute, and you get Pretty Woman. The most obvious example is the best-known story of all. No matter how well we know the gospel, we can find new perspectives: Aslan dying for Edmund, Jean Valjean's encounter with grace in Les Miserables, or Harry Potter taking the killing curse upon himself before the resurrection stone brings him back to life. But the best examples of fresh reads on the gospel come not from fiction but from Scripture itself. continue reading >>