There are different ways to tell the story of the priestly people of the living God which now finds its identity in Christ. In this post looking at N.T. Wright’s five act play model, I suggested that the first part of the drama runs all the way through to the establishment of the rule of Israel’s God over the nations of the Greek-Roman world; part two takes us through to the collapse of Christendom; and part three is the story of the church after Christendom. Here I offer a more conventional retelling of the biblical story as it appears in the Old and New Testaments. But I still want to keep in mind the continuation of the narrative into our own period, because I think this is how we get our bearings for our own engagement with history and with the God of history.