To Make the Wounded Whole

Thomas H. Troeger

in Wonder Reborn

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398885
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866236 | DOI:
To Make the Wounded Whole

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The chapter begins by presenting the literary genre of midrash and then uses it to interpret hymns as poetic texts of original composition that are based on established tradition. Hymns keep revitalizing the primary stories and images that lie at the heart of Christian faith. “Hymn” here is defined broadly as any form of congregational song. The dynamic traditions of hymnody are presented in light of Amos Wilder’s concept of the “theopoetic” and illustrated by the author’s sermons on three of the church’s most beloved hymns: “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” this last one being used to introduce preachers to the concept of “contrafactum.” The chapter concludes with an extensive survey of hymns about crucifixion and atonement, demonstrating how preachers can build a sermon series based on hymns as well as biblical texts.

Keywords: atonement; contrafactum; crucifixion; hymns; midrash; revitalizing; theopoetic; tradition

Chapter.  18054 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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