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Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

Long argues that the literary form and dynamics of biblical texts can and should make a difference in the kinds of sermons created from those texts, not only because of what the texts say but because of how they say it. He presents a methodology for taking the literary characteristics of biblical texts into account in the text-to-sermon process and then applies that methodology in separate chapters on preaching on psalms, proverbs, narratives, parables, and epistles.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800623135
  • eBook ISBN 9781451419054
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 144
  • Publication Date October 1, 1988


"A 'must read' book for preachers! Tom Long's style is clear, witty and elegant, his content altogether helpful. Here is a book that anyone who cares about preaching will welcomes."
--David G. Buttrick
Professor of the Homiletics and Liturgics
The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University

"This is a well-written book that will aid any preacher, as he or she prepares a sermon, to uncover the riches of the Bible."
--Elizabeth Achtemeier
Adjunct Professor of Bible and Homiletics
Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Approach
1. Learning How to Read
2. Moving from Text to Sermon

Part 2. The Literary Forms
3. Preaching on the Psalms
4. Preaching on Proverbs
5. Preaching on Narratives
6. Preaching on the Parables of Jesus
7. Preaching on Epistles
8. Sermon Notes