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Hughes Oliphant Old continues his series on The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church with The Age of the Reformation. Tracing the development of Protestant exhortation, he explores both Reformed preaching and the reform of preaching---Luther's break with the homiletic traditions of the Middle Ages; Zwingli's revival of patristic methods; and Calvin's institution of a strong expository pulpit. For pastors and other worship leaders. 553 pages, softcover, Eerdmans.
The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church is a multivolume study by Hughes Oliphant Old that explores the history of preaching from the words of Moses at Mount Sinai through modern times. In Volume 4, The Age of the Reformation, Old focuses on changes in preaching due to the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. This is the pivotal volume in Old's project, covering as it does not only what the Reformers and Counter-Reformers preached but also their reform of preaching itself. Old traces the main events and people involved in the development of preaching at this time -- Luther, Calvin, Thomas of Villanova, Francis Xavier, William Perkins, John Donne, Johann Gerhard, Jacques Bossuet, and many more -- while also giving due attention to how preaching was itself an act of worship.
Hughes Oliphant Old is John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.