Historical Roots of Contemporary Preaching

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 748

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit examines the approach of some influential preachers from throughout church history. It discusses ways of preaching and theoretical conceptions of the task from significant periods of church history. There is a comparison of the role of preaching within different contemporary denominational traditions and an opportunity to investigate in depth how a preacher or movement from the past, or knowledge of a particular denomination’s tradition (one’s own or another) in the present, may helpfully enrich one’s own preaching today.

Aims

To appraise what can be learned for current practice from key periods, figures and traditions in the history of preaching.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • assess the significance of important figures and periods in the history of preaching
  • compare critically the role of preaching in different denominational traditions
Intellectual skills
  • use their knowledge of the historical roots of different approaches to preaching to evaluate a range of contemporary approaches
  • identify appropriate ways in which contemporary preachers may learn from the examples of the past and from traditions other than their own
  • interpret historical texts with insight
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • preach sermons with a sense of the depth of tradition into which contemporary preachers enter
  • incorporate insights from the history of preaching into their own sermons
  • identify historical precedents and exemplars for contemporary practices

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
    Summative:
    • Assignment including a transcript of a sermon

    6000 words

    100%
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    Historical Roots of Contemporary Preaching

    MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
    Course Unit 748

    Credits:

    30

    Level:

    7

    Hours of Learning:

    300

    Tutor:

    Dr Timothy G. Grass

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