This doctoral project seeks to discover whether a correlation exists between an enhanced understanding of genre-sensitive hermeneutics and homiletics and an increase in confidence in preaching Old Testament narrative literature. Many preachers exclude, ignore or abuse the Old Testament narratives in their preaching. It is vital for Romanian preachers to improve their skills in preaching the narrative portions of the Old Testament by learning an appropriate hermeneutical and homiletical paradigm for this genre of Scripture.
The strategy used to accomplish this was a one-week teaching seminar. The training program consisted of a one-week seminar for seminary students at Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania. The name of the one-week seminar was Interpreting and Preaching Old Testament Narrative Literature . Before participating in the training week, the students were required to complete a written pre-course questionnaire and submit a sermon sample from an Old Testament narrative passage. The same questionnaire was completed again after the training week. The results of the post-course questionnaire were then compared with the results of the pre-course questionnaire. At the conclusion of the course taught by the researcher, students were required to preach a fifteen-minute sermon from an Old Testament narrative passage. The post-course sermons were evaluated by the same criteria as the pre-course sermons. The results of the post-course sermon evaluations were then compared with the results of the pre-course sermon evaluations.
The results of the study indicate that a relationship exists between an enhanced understanding of genre-sensitive hermeneutics and homiletics and an increase in the selected preachers' confidence in preaching Old Testament narrative literature.
|Advisor:||Edwards, J. Kent|
|Department:||Talbot School of Theology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clerical studies, Communication|
|Keywords:||Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Old Testament narrative literature, Preaching, Romania|
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