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Sermon, Homily
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I. General remarks, concept and origins

The term sermon refers to a type of speech (Greek ὁμιλία/homilía, Latin sermo) given, beginning in the 2nd cent. AD, as part of an ancient Christian religious service (Cult, Cultus IV) following readings from the Holy Scriptures (Bible). The sermon dealt either with topics of the readings or with the current feast or festal period of the liturgical year, but also and increasingly with saints (B).…

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Markschies, Christoph (Berlin), “Sermon, Homily”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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