Preaching in the Parishes

Ian Green

in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237531
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Preaching in the Parishes

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This article studies what was preached in English parish churches from the 1560s to the 1630s. It identifies the sermon topics, which can either be in a sequence of sermons or a series of sermons on a selection of texts chosen to explain a particular theme. It studies prayer book-appointed texts and services and then presents a case study of Thomas Jackson, a preacher in east Kent during the early seventeenth century. His career demonstrates the different trends described in this article. Finally, the article discusses parochial preaching from 1640 to 1650.

Keywords: preaching; English parish churches; sermon topics; prayer book-appointed texts; Thomas Jackson; parochial preaching

Article.  9852 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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