Preacher and Audience: Studies in Early Christian and Byzantine Homiletics

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This volume brings together thirteen studies on Greek-speaking preachers and audiences in a period from the beginning of the second century A.D. to the beginning of the tenth century which has largely been neglected in the modern literature.
The chapters represent a collection of case studies of individual preachers or periods of homiletic activity and cover themes including the identity of Greek-speaking preachers, the circumstances of delivery, the different genres of homiletic, the adaptation of the tropes of Classical approaches, the preparation, redaction and transmission of sermons, and the interaction between preacher and audience.
Each chapter is accompanied by a summary bibliography of the most important primary sources and secondary literature.

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Editorial Reviews

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'...a most admirable and substantial collection.'
Alexander Evers, Journal of Roman Studies, 2000.
'...well planned, tidily edited, with high quality contributions.'
M.E. Mullett, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 2000.
'Im ganzen ist der Band jedenfalls, was die Methodik der Fragestellung an den Gegenstand betrifft, von beeindruckender Geschollsenheit.'
Franz Tinnefeld, Jahrbuch der Österreichisen Byzantinistik, 2000.
'This book deserves to be the seedbed of a flowering of scholarship.'
Richard Price, Fellowship of St.Alban and St.Sergius.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004106819
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/1998
  • Series: A New History of the Sermon Series, #1
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary B. Cunningham, Ph.D. (1984) in Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, England, is Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Birmingham. She has published papers on Byzantine preaching, edited homiletic and hagiographical texts and is currently working on a book on Andrew of Crete.
Pauline Allen, D.Phil. (1977) in Litterae Humaniores, University of Oxford, is Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University. She has published on Christian preaching and ecclesiastical history, and has edited and translated early Byzantine texts.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Reflections on Problems Raised by Early Christian Preaching 21
Hermas the Prophet and Hippolytus the Preacher: The Roman Homily and its Social Context 33
Origen the Scholar and Pastor 65
The Three Cappadocians on Beneficence: A Key to Their Audience 89
John Chrysostom: Extraordinary Preacher, Ordinary Audience 105
Forms of Communication in the Homilies of Severian of Gabala: A Contribution to the Reception of the Diatribe as a Method of Exposition 139
Proclus of Constantinople: A Popular Preacher in Fifth-Century Constantinople 179
The Sixth-Century Greek Homily: A Re-assessment 201
Anastasios of Sinai: Speaking and Writing to the People of God 227
St. John Damascene: Preacher and Poet 247
Andrew of Crete: A High-Style Preacher of the Eighth Century 267
Historicity and Poetry in Ninth-Century Homiletics: The Homilies of Patriarch Photios and George of Nicomedia 295
Homiletic Activity in Constantinople Around 900 317
Indices 349
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