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Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric

MacBride, Tim (2015) Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric. In: 2015 Conference of the Academy of Homiletics, 3-5 Dec 2015, Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Abstract

    This paper argues for an expanded definition of the task of biblical exposition: it is not merely to discern the original meaning of the text and then to apply that meaning to a contemporary audience, but also to discern the original rhetorical function of the text in order to preach a contemporary sermon with an analogous rhetorical function. In other words, the sermon is not only to exegete and apply what the text says, but also what it does.
    It is proposed that the discipline of rhetorical criticism provides a means by which this might be achieved in the field of New Testament studies. A brief overview of this approach to rhetorical criticism is presented, showing how much of the New Testament can be analysed in terms of first century oratory. At each point, the focus is on how this approach can inform the task of bringing to life the rhetorical function of an ancient text in a sermon in a twenty-first century Australian context.

    Item Type: Conference Papers (Paper)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Preaching, Homiletics, New Testament, Rhetorical Criticism
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
    D - Pastoral Studies
    Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
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    Depositing User: Dr Tim MacBride
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 14:40
    Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 14:40
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2010

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