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Hum: Call And Response In African American Preaching

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In The Hum: Call and Response in African Preaching, Evans E. Crawford, with Thomas H. Troeger, relates his analysis of African American folk preaching by relying upon an indigenous scheme for evaluation. The call/response tension in black preaching (derived from a West African tradition) is what drives the musicality of speech in black churches. Crawford refers to this musicality as "hum thoughts" and one can imagine the choir responding with a low rumbling hum to the musical ...

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Overview

In The Hum: Call and Response in African Preaching, Evans E. Crawford, with Thomas H. Troeger, relates his analysis of African American folk preaching by relying upon an indigenous scheme for evaluation. The call/response tension in black preaching (derived from a West African tradition) is what drives the musicality of speech in black churches. Crawford refers to this musicality as "hum thoughts" and one can imagine the choir responding with a low rumbling hum to the musical intonations of a motivated preacher.

Key features: a new volume in the Abingdon Preacher's Library, edited by Thomas H. Troeger; a different approach to preaching, firmly rooted in the black experience; leads the reader to understand preaching as an oral event; uses the term "homiletical musicality" to describe the musical understanding of the way sermons are heard and the oral response they awaken in the listener; and, coins new phrases for describing the preaching event.

Firmly rooted in the black experience, this approach to homiletics helps readers understand preaching as an oral event. The call/response tension in black preaching is what drives the musicality of speech in black churches. Crawford refers to this musicality as "hum thoughts, " and leads the reader to a better understanding of this type of preaching and its effects on the congregation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687180202
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Preacher's Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 91
  • Sales rank: 1,424,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Interim Dean, Howard University School of Divinity

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Ch. 1 Homiletical Musicality: from "Help 'em Lord" to "Glory Hallelujah!" 15
Ch. 2 Sermon Pause: Setting the Climate for Participation 25
Ch. 3 Resounding the People's Amen 37
Ch. 4 Hum Thought: Tales, Tunes, and Talk 49
Ch. 5 Finding the Pitch and Sounding New Riffs 63
Ch. 6 Finding the Bridges Between Our Voice and the Community's 77
Notes 87
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