The bulk of the OT is made up of narratives or in story form (there are alot of sticky issues but lets not go there for the moment haha). But not that it has anything to do with fairy tales for that matter. A working definition for understanding OT narrative would be, stories with a particular intent with a "retelling of historical events of the past that are intended to have meaning and direction for a given people in the present."
As mentioned above, narratives tells about things of the past. One can divide narratives into three parts:
- Character: protagonist (primary character), antagonist (conflict bringer), agonist (major character who gets involved in the struggle)
- Plot Resolution
Now moving on to explaining plots, lets gain some perspective in understanding the basic plot of the biblical story.
- God created people in his own image and thus they became his image bearers who were given stewardship of the earth which was created for their pleasure.
- Enter the enemy, and what he did was made humans conform to his 'image' instead and thus made humans to become God's enemy.
- Following this is the long story of redemption of how God rescues his people from the enemies clutches and restores them back to his image and then finally restores them to the new heavens and new earth.