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Teaching the ReformationMinisters and Their Message in Basel, 1529-1629$
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Amy Nelson Burnett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305760.001.0001

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 The Development of Reformed Homiletics

 The Development of Reformed Homiletics

(p.157) 7 The Development of Reformed Homiletics
Teaching the Reformation

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The humanist disciplines of dialectic and rhetoric were the foundation of Protestant homiletics. Early Lutheran homileticists adapted the principles of classical rhetoric to develop a new, topical method of preaching. Reformed homileticists at the end of the century emphasized exegetical, rather than topical, sermons. Their homiletics texts were strongly influenced by Ramism, both in the organization of their works and in their recommendations for beginning preachers. Attendance at preaching services was fundamental to homiletic instruction in Basel; future pastors were expected to use their knowledge of classical rhetoric to analyze preached and written sermons. The theology professor Amandus Polanus wrote a strongly Ramist homiletics text that was later abridged by his student and successor, Johann Georg Gross.

Keywords:   Dialectic, rhetoric, Protestant homiletics, Lutheran, Reformed, preaching, sermons, Ramism

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