The Preacher's Bible Handbook
When it comes to understanding a passage in the Bible, context is everything. What historical events surround a book's composition? What larger literary unit is a given passage part of? What central themes explored by the book touch on the...
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When it comes to understanding a passage in the Bible, context is everything. What historical events surround a book's composition? What larger literary unit is a given passage part of? What central themes explored by the book touch on the verses in question? If we don't know the answer to questions like these, we are ill-prepared to speak to-and especially preach about-a passage's meaning. The Preacher's Bible Handbook aims to meet this need for extra help in preparing the sermon. Essays on each of the biblical books introduce the most relevant historical, literary, and theological facts about the book. Each is designed to aid the preacher in setting the stage for a sermon on any passage in the Bible.
O. Wesley Allen, Jr. (Ph.D., Emory University) is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky. As an ordained United Methodist, He worked in parish and campus ministry for 18 years before turning to full-time seminary teaching. His teaching interests involve giving students a strong theological foundation and practical experience for leading worship and preaching.Dr. Allen's research interests concern broad homiletical interests as well as the connection between preaching and the interpretation of the New Testament. He has published a collection of narrative sermons, Good News from Tinyville: Stories of Heart and Hope; an introductory textbook on exegesis, Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels: Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke; a homiletical-exegetical resource for pastors, Preaching Resurrection; Most recently, Allen published a book The Homiletic of All Believers: Approach to Proclamation and Preaching, Westminster. Allen is also editing a series of introductory textbooks on preaching for Fortress Press and The Three Dimensions of the Lectionary. with Chalice Press, which offers cumulative strate gies for reading and preaching lectionary texts in congregational worship.