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The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text:
Intepreting and Preaching Biblical Literature

Sidney Greidanus (Eerdmans, 1988)

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Blurb

A fusion of biblical hermeneutics and homiletics, this thorough and well researched book offers a holistic contemporary approach to the interpretation and preaching of biblical texts, using all the scholarly tools available and focusing especially on literary features. After discussing sermon preparation in a broad sense and examining various methodologies for understanding the biblical text, Greidanus applies general hermeneutical and homiletical principles to four specific genres in the Bible: Hebrew narratives, prophetic literature, the Gospels and the Epistles. By putting forth many helpful guidelines for responsible contemporary preaching this book serves as a valuable resource for preachers as well as an ideal textbook for aspiring preachers.

Contents

1. Biblical Preaching 
2. Historical Foundations 
3. Literary Interpretation 
4. Historical Interpretation 
5. Theological Interpretation 
6. Textual-Thematic Preaching 
7. The Form of the Sermon 
8. The Relevance of the Sermon 
9. Preaching Hebrew Narratives 
10. Preaching Prophetic Literature 
11. Preaching the Gospels 
12. Preaching the Epistles

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