Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary

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Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary. By Gerard S. Sloyan. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2004. 669 pp. $40.00 (paper) with CD-ROM.

Gerard Sloyan's Preaching from the Lectionary is intended for those preachers who are bound, to whatever degree, by the lectionary. The author states in the preface that the book is "structured to aid the pastor in identifying the central issues, struggling with the difficult elements, and suggesting new insights in the lectionary passages" (p. xvii). He is inclusive in his scope, including in the book commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary, the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Mass, and the Sunday lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer.

As a lectionary preacher myself, it seemed the best way to evaluate the effectiveness of this resource would be to use it over the course of several weeks. In the end, I found it helpful within a limited scope.

It claims to be an exegetical commentary, and it is very helpful in the exegetical piece of sermon preparation. The author uses the historicalcritical method as his main exegetical tool, attempting to determine the author's intention in the composition of the text. I find the historical-critical method extremely helpful in doing the exegetical work a sermon requires, and Sloyan s volume gathered much of that information together for me.

What I missed, however, were some of the insights that can be gleaned from other forms of criticism. …

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