The impact of contemporary narrative homiletics on interpreting and preaching the Bible
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This dissertation examines the impact of contemporary narrative homiletics on interpretation and preaching. Chapter 1 provides the groundwork for the study by laying out the thesis and methodology to be followed. Chapter 2 defines hermeneutics and homiletics from a traditional, historical perspective. The goal of this chapter is not an in-depth study of these fields but the basic presuppositions underlying each as they have historically worked together. Chapter 3 builds on the historical relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics in traditional methods of preaching. Chapter 4 examines the shift in homiletical methods which became known as the New Homiletic. Specifically, this chapter examines the foundational work of Fred B. Craddock in setting forth a predominant model for preaching in mainline preaching today. Chapter 5 defines narrative homiletics according to three current narrative homiletical streams. Chapter 6 offers a conclusion for the study, stating the impact of narrative homiletics on interpretation, preaching, and the church. Finally, suggestions for the future use of narrative elements in traditional homiletics are offered.