Foreword by Don Wardlaw
This exceptional book by Charles Cosgrove and Dow Edgerton will be a rich resource for pastors wanting to reach their congregations in a fresh way. Rather than discussing preaching in general or even a specific approach to preaching, it focuses on a new way of engaging the biblical text for preaching.In Other Words
combines Cosgrove and Edgerton's critical acumen, creative imagination, and pastoral discernment to present contemporizing restatements of Scripture, speaking timeless truths in modern speech. In describing their "incarnational translation," the authors invite readers to imagine what the text might have looked like if produced in the preacher's own culture, time, and place. Drawing on translation theory, genre studies, and recent hermeneutical theory, they offer both a comprehensive theory of incarnational translation and a set of specific guidelines and examples for carrying it out.
Don M. Wardlaw
— (from the forward)
"Cosgrove and Edgerton show us how to live in a creative tension between the Then and the Now. .▀.▀. Exegesis, once akin to working with a passage like an algebraic equation, can become, with Cosgrove and Edgerton, the pleasure of freeing a passage to do its dance, and to do it on our stage."
Thomas G. Long
— Candler School of Theology
"In deep conversation with Paul Ricoeur and other major theorists, Charles Cosgrove and Dow Edgerton have written this compelling and fascinating book on the 'incarnational translation' approach to biblical performance and interpretation for preaching. In doing so, they have given preachers a fine and worthy gift — a▀way for sermons to be at once more faithful to biblical texts and more imaginative, lively, engaging, and pertinent."