The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching


There has been a revival related to preaching and homiletics in general. As seminaries have increased the offer in theological and pastoral studies, the need of more books on preaching has also increased. Most of these books are focused on how to prepare a sermon, providing the mechanical process of the preparation of a sermon. However, there is a need for more than that.

The book The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching (Abingdon Press, 2008) is a very thorough resource that covers every single aspect and theme concerning preaching. The general editors are Paul Scott Wilson, Jana Childers, Cleophus J. LaRue, and John M. Rottman. The list of contributors is so extensive and all of them are very reputable scholars from different denominational backgrounds.

Articles are abundant and informative. Some themes presented in this book are “Illustration and Stories”, “Narrative Preaching”, “Preaching to Children”, “Preacher’s Creative Process”, and many more. The articles are divided and arranged into eleven major themes:

  1. The Bible
  2. Bible Genres
  3. Ethics
  4. Literary Criticism
  5. Poetics
  6. Preacher
  7. Social Location
  8. Experience
  9. Rhetoric
  10. Sermon
  11. Theology

This book includes an alphabetical list of articles that makes it easier for readers to find a given topic. Long articles include and outline containing the points developed in the article. Every article includes a bibliography at the end of it, which is always helpful for further reading or investigation.

Readers must be aware this is not a book that focuses on the preparation of a sermon, though that theme is included and well discussed. This book goes beyond that, as topics like dressing and the preacher’s personal aspects are also included, just to mention few examples. Readers will find this book discuss anything you can think of preaching. This book can help readers to understand that preaching is more than the sermon and its preparation.

Pastors, preachers, and anyone in the pulpit should have this highly recommendable book. I fall short if I say that I recommend this book.

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I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



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