“Preaching punctuated the religious experience of early Christians.”
Hi Bryan, thanks for your comment. This is what I included in the chapter to guide further reading:
Useful surveys of the history of early Christian preaching are found in Yngve Brilioth, A Brief History of Preaching (Philadelphia, Fortress Press, 1965); and, more effusively, in the first three volumes of Hughes O. Old, The reading and preaching of the scriptures in the worship of the Christian church (7 vols; Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1998). More detailed studies of Greek sermons are found in Mary Cunningham and Pauline Allen eds., Preacher and Audience: Studies in Early Christian and Byzantine Homiletics (A New History of the Sermon 1; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 1998), and of Latin sermons in Anthony Dupont et al., eds., Preaching in the Patristic Era: Sermons, Preachers, and Audiences in the Latin West (A New History of the Sermon 6; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018). The most thorough treatment is still Alexandre Olivar, La predicación Cristiana Antigua (Barcelona: Editorial Herder, 1991). A valuable, and brief, introduction to the interpretation of scripture, with a very nice selection of sources, can be found in Karlfried Froehlich, Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church (Sources of Early Christian Thought; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984). For a deeper engagement, the best place to start is Frances M. Young, Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2002).
For anyone wishing to read more early Christian sermons, there is a splendid collection in M. F. Toal, The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers (New ed. 4 vols; San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000). Modern translation of the sermons of individual early Christian preachers can be easily found among the Fathers of the Church series (The Catholic University of America Press), the Ancient Christian Writers series (Paulist Press), and the Popular Patristics series (Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press).
Blair and Kristian, this was great! I learned a ton. Thank you.
I was really moved by the sermon Kristian read. Is there a resource you can recommend for getting a handle on some of the best early Christian sermons? Perhaps a reader or anthology of some kind?