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Sermon Preparation and Meditation
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[German Version]

Classical rhetoric specified the steps of the way leading to a sermon (Preaching) until the 20th century: finding the material (inventio) – organization (dispositio) – presentation (elocutio) – memorization (memoria) – delivery (actio).

Traditionally, as in the work of D. Hollaz, there have been two stages on the path from the (biblical) text tothe sermon: interpretation (explicatio) and application (applicatio). By the 20th century at the latest, this two-stage process was being increasingly questioned – on grounds of the self-efficacy …

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Nicol, Martin, “Sermon Preparation and Meditation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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