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In the narrower sense, homiletics (from Greek homilía, “conversation, speech”) denotes a theory of preaching (Sermon) developed for the purpose of didactic communication and set down in writing or a theoretical guide to the practice of preaching; in the extended sense, however, it also includes all the other bodies of knowledge, tools, and practices that target the acquisition of homiletic competence. The socio-historical locus of homiletics in…

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Straßberger, Andres, “Homiletics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025817>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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