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Roundtable

Presentation #1 Title

What is a Sermon? The Importance of Text, Production, and Performance, Part I

Presentation #1 Abstract

This was the first of two roundtables devoted to exploring one of the most basic questions in sermon studies: "what is a sermon?" Participants noted that within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the sermon is generally expected to engage, at least to some extent, with the sacred text (Torah, Bible, and Koran, respectively).

There also seemed to be a general willingness to take poeple at their word, so to speak, and classify a text as a "sermon" if the author or preacher labeled it as such.

Other issues were also raised, but (not surprisingly, given the short time frame) consensus was not fully achieved. The discussion continued in the second roundtable the next day.

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What is a Sermon? The Importance of Text, Production, and Performance, Part I

This was the first of two roundtables devoted to exploring one of the most basic questions in sermon studies: "what is a sermon?" Participants noted that within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the sermon is generally expected to engage, at least to some extent, with the sacred text (Torah, Bible, and Koran, respectively).

There also seemed to be a general willingness to take poeple at their word, so to speak, and classify a text as a "sermon" if the author or preacher labeled it as such.

Other issues were also raised, but (not surprisingly, given the short time frame) consensus was not fully achieved. The discussion continued in the second roundtable the next day.