Item description for Preaching in the New Creation: The Promise of New Testament Apocalyptic Texts by David A. Jacobsen...
Overview Most preachers have little fondness for apocalyptic texts because of their scathing language, surrealistic plots, and enigmatic symbols. David Jacobsen not only helps preachers move past these barriers, but offers a three-part approach for preaching these texts today.
Most preachers have little fondness for apocalyptic texts because of their scathing language, surrealistic plots, and enigmatic symbols. David Jacobsen helps preachers move past these barriers with clear step by step directions and insightful analysis, showing how to move from text to sermon for the apocalyptic texts included in the lectionary.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 066425845X ISBN13 9780664258450
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A Must-have for Preaching from the Apocalyptic Genre Feb 21, 2007
David Jacobsen has done preachers a favor. I knew this was an excellent book after reading the introduction, as Jacobsen explained the apocalyptic genre. Insightfully, he says we should not just ask how to interpret apocalyptic texts, but ponder if they are already interpreting us!
The main thrust of the book was more than helpful. Jacobsen, somewhat echoing Ricoeur and paralleling aspects of Vanhoozer and others, suggests that we should not just focus on what apocalyptic texts say to the church but what they do to the church. That is, the genre itself communicates something -- and that should shape our sermons and be evident in our preaching from them.
Using some helpful categories like rhetoric and symbols found in apocalyptic texts to help form our sermons, Jacobsen also gives the reader several homiletic examples. Thankfully he shows us how his methods and paradigms work out; he even has three sample sermons in an appendix to show the reader what it all looks like in real life.
Please, preachers, consume this book before you preach apocalyptic texts! You won't be sorry; it will help you preach the gospel while not running roughshod over this important genre.