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Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition (William John Lyons) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2012) 9781845538927


Title: Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition

Author: Lyons, William John

Additional Authors or Contributors: Isabella Sandwell (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845538927

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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One of the most consistent features of Christian life has been the extensive use of the biblical texts in sermons; to evangelise, to educate, to edify, to exhort, and even to terrify those who heard them. Yet, surprisingly little scholarly attention has focused on the dynamics at work as these texts were taken by preachers and transformed into the largely aural experience encountered by their audience. Pre-formed and performed thus, scripture was communicated and made relevant through the use of the sermonic form to audiences inhabiting a broad range of socio-historical settings, including those whose social status or illiteracy might otherwise have completely precluded any access to biblical texts. In this volume, case-studies of biblical reception within and through preaching have been taken from two millennia of homilies, with each being examined to see how the text-preacher-audience dynamic has influenced the interpretation, understanding and impact of the Bible. Examples include Paul, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Hildegard of Bingen, Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aimee Semple McPherson and Chris Brain.

Contents

Introduction (Isabella Sandwell)

1. 'A Daring Synagogue Sermon?' Paul's Preaching in 2 Corinthians 3.7-18 (Sean F. Winter, Uniting Church Theological College)

2. Origen as preacher and teacher: A comparison of exegetical methods in his writings on Genesis and the Song of Songs (Morwenna Ludlow, University of Exeter)

3. The Typology of Listening: The transformation of Scripture in early Christian preaching (Carol Harrison, University of Durham)

4. A milky text suitable for children: The significance of John Chrysostom's preaching on Genesis 1.1 for fourth-century audiences (Isabella Sandwell, University of Bristol)

5. Hildegard of Bingen's Exegesis of Jesus' Miracle and the Twelfth-Century Study of Science (Beverly Kienzle, Harvard University)

6. Johannes Brenz and His Written Sermons in the Spirit of Luther (Mark W. Elliott, University of St Andrews)

7. Stoned in the Pulpit: The Provocative Preaching of Hanserd Knollys (Simon Woodman, South Wales Baptist College)

8. 'The Excellency of Jesus Christ': Affective Doctrine in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (Oliver D. Crisp, University of Bristol)

9. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Preaching and Reflection (Ralph Pite, University of Bristol)

10. 'Patriotism and Sacrifice': The Preaching of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy ('Woodbine Willie'), 1914-1918 (Stuart Bell, University of Birmingham)

11. 'Give the Winds a Mighty Voice!' Aimee Semple McPherson and Her Radio Audience (Michelle Krejci, University of Sheffield)

12. Preaching at the Nine O'clock Service: A Study of Shifting Meaning in a Published Sermon (William John Lyons, University of Bristol)

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