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Beyond the Tyranny of the Text

Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World
  • By James Henry Harris
Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World
  • By James Henry Harris
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A new, transformative approach to corrective, creative, and prophetic preaching.

Preachers and students of preaching need help communicating hope! They want their sermons to communicate the promises of scripture, so that people can envision a new world in which their lives will be transformed. Preachers want to experience a new sense of freedom in their preaching, and to extend liberation based on their reading and interpretation of the scripture.

James Henry Harris introduces interpretation theory and continental philosophy as a resource for preachers to resist and overcome interpretive oppression, and lays out a new theory of scriptural interpretation. He analyzes philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutics as a helpful guide for modern preachers, and incorporates in his analysis of the lived experience of the Black church. Harris highlights the preaching of several 19th and 20th century Black women, including Jarena Lee, Maria Stewart, and Mary Evans.

Beyond the Tyranny of the Text develops a five-part method for preaching that stretches from preparation to proclamation, and demonstrates how this method for interpretational creativity emerges from fidelity to the text. Harris demonstrates his method with sermonic exegesis of the Book of Jonah. With this new process of reading, rereading, un-reading, writing, and un-writing the text, the author offers wisdom and tools for reflection and illumination.

At its core, Beyond the Tyranny of the Text challenges the field of homiletics and all preachers to un-write like Jesus Christ: to get in front of the text, to understand preparation and preaching as a creative and transformative enterprise.

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A new, transformative approach to corrective, creative, and prophetic preaching.

Interpretational creativity—author James Henry Harris says this is what pastors long for when communicating the promises of Scripture. In his newest book, Beyond the Tyranny of the Text, Harris recognizes preachers’ desires to experience a new sense of freedom in their preaching and offers a new theory of scriptural interpretation that stretches from preparation to proclamation. Both pastors and students of preaching will find his five-part method to be refreshing and liberating. Using the Book of Jonah as an example, Harris encourages readers to “get in front of the text” to understand preaching as a transformative enterprise.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781501889066
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781501889066
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2019
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: James Henry Harris
    • Page Count: 184
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 9.00 inches
    • Length: 9.00 inches
    • Weight: 9.18 pounds
    • SKU: 9781501889073
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781501889073
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2019
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: James Henry Harris
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
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