1st Edition

Delivering the Word Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition

    Biblical texts have been used consistently in sermons throughout Christian history. Preachers have transformed the texts into an aural experience, using them to evangelize, educate, edify, exhort, or even terrify, their audiences. Sermons have enabled Scripture to be communicated to people from a wide range of social backgrounds. 'Delivering the Word' examines the power of preaching and its reception across two millennia of homilies: from St Paul, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen to Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Chris Brain. In its exploration of the impact of the sermon on the interpretation of Scripture, 'Delivering the Word' will be of interest to students of biblical and religious studies.

    Introduction, Isabella Sandwell 1. "A Daring Synagogue Sermon?" Paul’s reaching in 2 Corinthians 3.7–18, Sean F. Winter 2. Origen as Preacher and Teacher: A Comparison of Exegetical Methods in his Writings on Genesis and the Song of Songs, Morwenna Ludlow 3. The Typology of Listening: The Transformation of Scripture in Early Christian preaching, Carol Harrison 4. A Milky Text Suitable for Children: The Significance of John Chrysostom’s Preaching on Genesis 1.1 for Fourth-century Audiences, Isabella Sandwell 5. Hildegard of Bingen’s Exegesis of Jesus’ Miracle and the Twelfth-Century Study of Science, Beverly Kienzle 6. Johannes Brenz and His Written Sermons in the Spirit of Luther, Mark W. Elliott
    7. Stoned in the Pulpit: The Provocative Preaching of Hanserd Knollys, Simon Woodman 8. "The Excellency of Jesus Christ": Affective Doctrine in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Oliver D. Crisp 9. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Preaching and Reflection, Ralph Pite 10. "Patriotism and Sacrifice": The Preaching of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy ("Woodbine Willie"), 1914-1918, Stuart Bell 11. "Give the Winds a Mighty Voice!" Aimee Semple McPherson and Her Radio Audience, Michelle Krejci 12. Preaching at the Nine O’clock Service: A Study of Shifting Meaning in a Published Sermon, William John Lyons


    William John Lyons is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Interpretation in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol. Isabella Sandwell is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol.