The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 2

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 2

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 2

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 2

Synopsis

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church is a multivolume study by Hughes Oliphant Old that canvasses the history of preaching from the words of Moses at Mount Sinai through modern times. Volume 2, The Patristic Age, continues Old's historical survey by focusing on preaching as it was developed and practiced by the Greek schools of Alexandria and Antioch. Old then goes on to consider preaching in the Syriac church and the flourishing of Latin preaching in the Christian Empire, concluding with the ministries of Leo the Great, Peter Chrysologos, and Gregory the Great.

Excerpt

With the coming of the Christian empire, Christian preaching was bound to change. During the years of persecution the preacher had to gather and nourish the congregation to protect it from the world. Now the Christian preacher had become a bishop responsible for the spiritual welfare of the empire. the disciples had indeed gone out to make disciples of all nations, and at least for a major part of the world as they knew it they had succeeded, and now they were responsible for a Christian society. It was the Christian preacher who must now give that world vision and purpose.

The world of classical antiquity had expected the leaders of society to be orators. One awaited from great men a public expression of the ideals that bound society together. a man in high public office had to be able to say at crucial moments in the life of the community what it all meant, where it was all going, and how much it was all worth. Just as Abraham Lincoln was able to sum up in his Gettysburg Address the vision which brought the nation through the Civil War or just as during the Battle of Britain Winston Churchill was able through his magnificent word to keep a battered Britain on its feet, so in classical antiquity the great leader was expected to lead the minds and hearts of the people with the right word . . .

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