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Narrative Preaching
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[German Version]

The expression “narrative preaching” arose in the 1970s as a programmatic concept in the context of various conceptions of narrative theology (Metz, Ritschl). Today, the expression is more often used analytically, to describe particular linguistic achievements of a type of preaching under its homiletical aspects (Homiletics). We may speak of narrative preaching where a whole sermon (or large parts of it) is shaped by the narrative form. This is not only external to a sermon but constitutes its content. Story-telling in preac…

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Grözinger, Albrecht, “Narrative Preaching”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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