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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 1
The Biblical Period
POD; Published: 2/11/1998
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4356-2
Price: $ 45.99
393 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6x9
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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church is a multivolume study by Hughes Oliphant Old that canvasses the history of preaching from the words of Moses at Mount Sinai through modern times. In Volume 1, The Biblical Period, Old begins his survey by discussing the roots of the Christian ministry of the Word in the worship of Israel. He then examines the preaching of Christ and the Apostles. Finally, Old looks at the development and practice of Christian preaching in the second and third centuries, concluding with the ministry of Origen.

James F. Kay
"Ecumenical in breadth, magisterial in authority, and pastoral in intentionality, Hughes Oliphant Old's multivolume history of preaching is a landmark in American intellectual history. Old views preaching as an act of worship, and his own prodigious scholarship likewise stands in service to God. Old has bequeathed to the church of the twenty-first century the definitive history of preaching, a spiritual feast for scholars and preachers alike for years and years to come."
William Edgar
"Studying these volumes is like walking around a great cathedral. Every section, however distinctive, unites in a grand design whose aim is to restore preaching to its rightful place. This is easily the best history of preaching ever written, one that will serve generations of those whose faith comes by hearing. But far more, this work is the best defense of preaching available: it proves that in every era, though with astonishing variety, the ministry of the Word is central to the worship of God. "
Robert Webber
"This study of Scripture reading and preaching speaks a significant word for the church of the twenty-first century. Worship needs more Scripture and stronger preaching. Old calls us back to a tradition that has the power to reshape our worship and restore preaching that is both biblical and relevant."
David F. Wright
"The history of Christian preaching has not received the scholarly attention it merits. An age in which preaching itself is at a discount in much of the church in the West is a proper time to repair that neglect. The enterprise Hughes Oliphant Old here begins is monumental in scope yet judiciously focused. He explores not any old preaching but preaching as worship, hence the preaching of Scripture linked to the public reading of Scripture. This first volume, skillfully designed and lucid and scholarly in execution, gives solid promise of a project challenging us to rejuvenate a key bridging discipline in theological study. The firstfruits are at hand; we await the full harvest with a sharper appetite. "