Synopses & Reviews
This multivolume work by Hughes Oliphant Old canvasses the history of preaching from the biblical period through modern times. These books explore the theme of preaching as Christian worship, looking especially at how preaching throughout history has been done as a sacred service.
Numerous books are available on the meaning and methods of preaching, but little has been written that specifically addresses the character of those who would preach. Preacher and Cross helps fill this gap in homiletic studies by evaluating the nature of the person of the preacher from the perspectives of rhetoric and theology.
Andre Resner discusses the two dominant approaches to homiletics -- the rhetorical approach typified by Augustine and the theological approach typified by Barth -- and then compares and contrasts these approaches to what the apostle Paul says on the issue. His analysis offers invaluable insights into the relationship between preachers and the message they proclaim.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-196) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Ethos in Classical Rhetoric -- The Sophists -- Plato -- Aristotle -- Cicero -- Quintilian -- Ethos in the Homiletical Tradition -- Rhetoric and Preaching in Conflict: The Latin Fathers -- The Church's First Homiletic: Augustine's On Christian Doctrine -- Rhetoric Suffers a "Barth Attack" -- The Rebirth of Hearer-Driven Homiletics -- Ethos in Paul -- Kerygmatic Theology: Hostile to Ethos Considerations? -- Rhetoric and Paul -- Paul's Use of Deliberative Rhetoric in 1 Corinthians -- Paul's Proof by Example: Reverse-Ethos -- Ethos for Contemporary Homiletical Theory -- The Relationship between Theology and Rhetoric in Homiletics -- Preaching's Message and "Real" Ethos -- Preaching's Message and "Perceived" Ethos.