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Author Biography

Fred B. Craddock is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. America's most respected and distinguished teacher of preaching, he is the author of numerous books, including As One Without Authority and Overhearing the Gospel

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Editionp. 6
Prefacep. 10
Preaching: An Overview
Introductionp. 13
Purpose and Formatp. 13
Basic Assumptions About Learning to Preachp. 16
Fundamental Convictions About Preachingp. 22
The Sermon in Contextp. 31
The Historical Contextp. 33
The Pastoral Contextp. 37
The Liturgical Contextp. 41
The Theological Contextp. 47
A Theology of Preachingp. 51
Proceeding from Silencep. 52
Heard in a Whisperp. 55
Shouted from the Housetopp. 60
Preaching: Having Something to Say
The Life of Studyp. 69
The Importance of the Life of Studyp. 69
Hindrances to the Life of Studyp. 71
Suggestions for a Life of Studyp. 75
Interpretation: The Listenersp. 84
The Listeners as Audiencep. 86
The Listeners as Congregationp. 90
Interpretation: The Textp. 99
Selection of the Textp. 101
First Reading of the Textp. 105
Establishing the Textp. 107
Detemining the Parameters of the Textp. 110
Setting the Text in Its Several Contextsp. 112
Being Aware of One's Point of Contact with the Textp. 117
Putting the Text in One's Own Wordsp. 121
Interpretation: Between Text and Listenerp. 125
The Task of the Preacher as Interpreter of Scripturep. 127
Methods Available to the Preacher as Interpreterp. 136
Preaching: Shaping the Message into a Sermon
Qualities to Be Sought in the Sermonp. 153
Unityp. 155
Memoryp. 157
Recognitionp. 159
Identificationp. 162
Anticipationp. 165
Intimacyp. 168
The Formation of the Sermonp. 170
The Many Functions of Formp. 170
The Selection of a Formp. 176
Creating a Formp. 182
Putting the Form on Paperp. 189
Enriching the Formp. 194
The Language of Preachingp. 196
Descriptionp. 200
Illustrationp. 203
Delivering the Sermonp. 210
Pre-delivery Considerationsp. 211
The Delivery Itselfp. 214
Suggested Resources for the Preacherp. 223
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