Waldemar Janzen, Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach, a Basic “Ethic of Reading” That Begins an Appropriate, Academically Informed Interpretation of Leviticus 20:13
The five models of the good life he uses are the holy life (the priestly paradigm), the wise life (the sapiential or wisdom paradigm), the just life (the royal paradigm), the serving and suffering life (the prophetic paradigm), and the familial paradigm.
"Story," Janzen affirms, is the most important theological genre of the OT, for it is the means through which the ethical-theological instruction of God to his people is communicated. His starting point is C. J. H. Wright's definition: "A paradigm is something used as a model or example for other cases where a basic principle remains unchanged, though details differ . [I]t is not so much imitated as applied." However, Janzen immediately drops the concept of a "basic principle" out of Wright's definition and substitutes instead "mental images of model persons". It is not the "basic principle" that links the paradigm and the new situation, as in Wright's definition, even though that may be true of grammatical paradigms (from which the metaphor of paradigm was borrowed), but a paradigm is understood as "a personally and holistically conceived image of a model (e.g. a wise person, a good king) that imprints itself immediately and nonconceptually on the characters and actions of those who hold it". To attempt to extract principles from the OT would be to treat the Bible reductionistically and, I suppose, propositionally.
Janzen should be praised for his attempt to grant "proper weight to the place of the narrative" in opposition to the supremacy of the Law as does the majority (Janzen, 1994, 30). In addition, by grounding his ethic in narrative there is a reverence for the unity of the Old Testament within the canon (Janzen, 1994, 42). The communal reality of the Old Testament history is also honored by Dr. Janzen's approach as he continually brings the reader into the importance of the family, and the community within the Old Testament: something that is quickly being lost to the more individualistic and indeed selfish nature of my generations' faith. Perhaps more importantly though Dr. Janzen reminds those who might begin their study of an Old Testament ethic with divine commands, just how closely related the narratives are to the rest of the canon (Janzen, 1994, 79, 89).
Waldemar Janzen, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 60 (2):226-226 (2006)