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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 Evolution of Preaching in Basel

 The Evolution of Preaching in Basel

(p.171) 8 The Evolution of Preaching in Basel
Teaching the Reformation

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An analysis of sermons by three generations of preachers illustrates the evolution of preaching in Basel. While sermons from the 1560s were primarily exegetical homilies explicating the scriptural text, sermons from the 1570s and 1580s show the gradual acceptance of topical preaching in the city. The topical sermons of Johann Jacob Grynaeus combine Christocentric piety with attention to key Reformed doctrines, especially concerning the Lord’s Supper. The sermons of his contemporary, Johann Jacob Gugger, are more expository and popular. The extant sermon schemata of the next generation are strongly influenced by Ramism. They proceed by dichotomies and emphasize Reformed Orthodoxy rather than experiential piety.

Keywords:   generations, sermons, preaching, Ramism, Reformed Orthodoxy, Johann Jacob Grynaeus

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