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Who Reads an Early American Sermon?

Who Reads an Early American Sermon? Zachary hutchins Colorado State University review essay Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution james p. byrd New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 243 pp. Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel dawn coleman Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013 293 pp. Jeremiah's Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England meredith marie neuman Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 265 pp. American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War eran shalev New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013 239 pp. "The sermon's neglect," Dawn Coleman frankly confesses, "might be traced to the perception that the genre is dull" (5). Having fallen asleep more than once in my march through Thomas Hooker's thousand-plus pages on The Application of Redemption, I am willing to acknowledge that sermons can, occasionally, act as a soporific. But the pulpit riffs described by Meredith Neuman, in sermons "whose general movement from theme to variation resembles jazz" and its "almost limitless potential for elaboration and exploration . . . crescendos and shifting rhythms," are a reminder that the textual evidence of preaching often preserves theology better than it does the emotions prompted by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Who Reads an Early American Sermon?

Early American Literature , Volume 49 (2) – Jun 27, 2014

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Zachary hutchins Colorado State University review essay Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution james p. byrd New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 243 pp. Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel dawn coleman Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013 293 pp. Jeremiah's Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England meredith marie neuman Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 265 pp. American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War eran shalev New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013 239 pp. "The sermon's neglect," Dawn Coleman frankly confesses, "might be traced to the perception that the genre is dull" (5). Having fallen asleep more than once in my march through Thomas Hooker's thousand-plus pages on The Application of Redemption, I am willing to acknowledge that sermons can, occasionally, act as a soporific. But the pulpit riffs described by Meredith Neuman, in sermons "whose general movement from theme to variation resembles jazz" and its "almost limitless potential for elaboration and exploration . . . crescendos and shifting rhythms," are a reminder that the textual evidence of preaching often preserves theology better than it does the emotions prompted by

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 27, 2014

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