Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Masters Seminary Journal
Volume: TMSJ 04:2 (Fall 1993)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Raymond Bailey. Hermeneutics for Preaching. Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1992. 223 pp. $15.95 (cloth). Reviewed by Alex D. Montoya, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries.

The author is professor of preaching and also Director of the National Center of Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. This volume presents various approaches to preaching based on differing contemporary interpretations of Scripture. Bailey gathers a number of present-day preachers, each of whom promotes a particular interpretive method, and illustrates each approach with a sermon based on that method.

The seven models in the book are:

Chapter 1:

A Historical Model

David Dockery

Chapter 2:

A Canonical Model

John Watts

Chapter 3:

A Literary Model

Alan Culpepper

Chapter 4:

A Rhetorical Model

Craig Loscalzo

Chapter 5:

An African-American Model

James E. Massey

Chapter 6:

A Philosophical Model

Dan R. Stiver

Chapter 7:

A Theological Model

Raymond Bailey

Hermeneutics for Preaching is both a book on interpretation and a text on homiletics. Bailey states,

The preacher’s vocation requires him or her to be as familiar with hermeneutics as a doctor must be with the theories and techniques of diagnosis. The preacher has the responsibility of determining meaning not only for self, but also for others….Preachers must strive to determine the meanings of texts, consider the implications for a particular people in a particular culture at a particular time, and then communicate their findings to these people. Preachers have the dual responsibility of understanding and explaining (8).

He illustrates his premise through the writings and examples of various types of preachers. The articles are well written and documented, and portray well...

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