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I. History – II. Catholic and Protestant Preaching Today – III. Medieval and Modern Judaism

I. History

Preaching preceded its theory, homiletics. The first attempts to frame a theory of preaching were those of John Chrysostom (περὶ ἱεροσύνης/perí hierosýnēs) and Augustine of Hippo (Doctr. chr.), who built on con-temporary rhetoric. For centuries preachers learned their art more by example than by theoretical reflection. For the Early C…

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Müller, Hans-Martin, Nicol, Martin and Kuyt, Annelies, “Homiletics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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