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Sermon Reception

John Craig

in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237531
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237531.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Sermon Reception

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This article shows how sermons were received. It first looks at the preachers' views on sermon hearing and then considers the popularity of sermon attendance. It reviews the popular responses to preaching, tries to understand the setting where sermons were delivered, and lists three important developments that helped determine how sermons were heard and received. The next section demonstrates what happens after the sermon was preached and introduces the concept of sermon notes. The article ends with a discussion of the way parish communities were expected to record and certify the names of visiting preachers.

Keywords: sermon reception; preachers' views; sermon hearing; sermon attendance; popular responses; sermon notes; visiting preachers

Article.  10334 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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