Dabney, R.L. – Sacred Rhetoric, Lectures on Preaching

Sacred Rhetoric, or Course of lectures on Preaching

DELIVERED IN THE UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE U.S., IN PRINCE EDWARD, VA.

BY ROBERT L. DABNEY, D.D.,
PROFESSOR OF SYSTEMATIC AXD PASTORAL DIVINITY.

” Ergo fungar vice cotis, acutum Reddere qua ferruna valet, exsors ipsa secandi.” Ep. ad Pi.s. L. 304.

Summary: This is a series of 24 lectures on preaching and interpretation of the Bible. This is really a preparation for a preacher before he enters the pulpit.

CONTENTS

Lecture 1. Introductory 13
Lecture 2. The Preacher’s Commission 30
Lecture 3. Distribution of Subjects 49
Lecture 4. The Same Topics Continued G3
Lecture 5. The Text 74
Lecture 6. The Text (Continued) 93
Lecture 7. Cardinal Requisites of the Sermon 105
Lecture 8. Cardinal Requisites of the Sermon (Continued) 121
Lecture 9. Constituent Members of the Sermon 137
Lecture 10. Constituent Members of the Sermon (Continued). Explication and Proposition 154
Lecture 11. Constituent Members of Discourse (Continued). Argument and Conclusion 168
Lecture 12. Sources of Argument 179
Lecture 13. Rules of Argument 191
Lecture 14. Rules of Argument (Continued) 205
Lecture 15. Division of the Argument 214
Lecture 16. Persuasion 233
Lecture 17. Persuasion (Continued) 247
Lecture 18. Preacher’s Character with Hearers 261
Lecture 19. Style 271
Lecture 20. Style (Continued) 288
Lecture 21. Action 303
Lecture 22. Action (Continued) 318
Lecture 23. Modes of Preparation 328
Lecture 24. Public Prayer. 345
PRINTED FOR THE USE OF HIS STUDENTS.
RICHMOND:
PRESBYTERIAN COMMITTEE OF PUBLICATION.
1870.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by CHARLES GENNET, in trust, as TREASURER OF PUBLICATION OP THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES,

In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the District of Virginia.

THIS book is dedicated to my younger brethren, the Alumni and Students of Union Theological Seminary, as a mark of esteem and gratitude for that courtesy, kindness and propriety which, without a single exception in seventeen years, have governed their deportment toward me as their teacher; and as an affectionate effort to promote their efficiency in their blessed and solemn work.

R L. DABNEY.

FEBRUARY 7, 1870.

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