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Sermon
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Preaching (from Latin praedicatio, “proclamation”) denotes public proclamation in the setting of Christian worship. It can be divided into two genres: (1) the homily (Greek homilía; Latin tractatus, “speech,” “exposition”), that is, the interpretation of previously read Bible texts (“lections”) – a practice adopted by Christianity from Judaism – and (2) the sermon (Latin sermo, “speech”), which develops a topic systematically and is based on the church y…

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Walter, Peter, Straßberger, Andres and Felmy, Karl Christian, “Sermon”, 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 27 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025811>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601



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