Interesting that the pinch points should be occupied by big Gentile moments, but then it's a Jewish account after all.
The Milestone Archive
Pinch points: rejection, plots; Judas' greed, imminent death and suffering.
Notice the pinch points: rejection.
Not quite as tidy as Matthew, but you can see the structure trying to happen.Pinch 1: hardhearted disciples, hypocrital scribes and Pharisees. Pinch 2: the reluctance of wealth.
Well, yeah, you can see a milestone pattern. You could actually borrow the milestones and write a narrative about a small set of characters developing over a short period of time. A family is set up with a rich kingdom. They are taught how to look after it and warned what will happen if they don't. The second generation messes around and intrigues. The third generation goes back to the old ways. The fourth generation messes around and intrigues. The fifth generation agonizes over the emerging pattern but sees hope. The seventh generation splits into two groups.
To round out the preliminary analysis of scripture milestones, I thought I'd better start looking at the Gospels. Bless me if they don't appear to like narrative milestones, too. It's interesting that Matthew's hook is Jesus' descent through Joseph rather than Mary. But you can see the narrative unity: the descendant of kings and patriarachs has all power given to him. Also, in Plot Turn 2, Jesus suggests that he is not the Christ through descent from David.
The first five books of the New Testament (the Gospels ofMatthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the Acts of the Apostles) are rich with narrative and so are fair game for the Milestone Archive: Scripture Milestones. I'll be analyzing at all levels: book, episode and (in the Gospels) parable.
Sooner or later I would have to look at stories in the Pearl of Great Price, so I decided to start early and present a cross-section of the three story-based Standard Works. Moses 1, the first chapter of the Pearl of Great Price, comes through. The first table below contains quotes with line numbers. The second table contains summaries and notes. Notice that Pinch 1, where we expect to see an antagonistic force, refers to the fact that Satan has appeared and is attempting to lead Moses away from God.
This book is almost nothing but stories, mainly about visions, of course, but stories nonetheless.
With the likely exception of the Doctrine and Covenants, the LDS Standard Works are replete with stories told. I aim to milestone them all and see what makes a religious narrative hit the nerve.