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    The Paradoxes of Preaching in Print: Seeing and Believing in the Sermons of Jacques Abbadie

    Whelan, Ruth (2016) The Paradoxes of Preaching in Print: Seeing and Believing in the Sermons of Jacques Abbadie. Irish Journal of French Studies, 16. pp. 87-105. ISSN 1649-1335

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    The boom in printed sermons in French in the latter half of the seventeenth-century is usually attributed, on the one hand, to the popularity of pulpit eloquence and, on the other, to the piety of both preacher and faithful. However, this study of the rhetorical organisation, imagery, and printing history of the sermons of Jacques Abbadie points to a more ambiguous explanation for the boom. Although the French Reformed Churches counselled their pastors against the pursuit of eloquence in their preaching, Abbadie made a display of it, and engaged in theoretical reflection to justify his practice. According to him, pulpit eloquence promotes receptivity in the faithful; but, with hindsight, it is clear that it also promotes the preacher. Publishing eloquent sermons publicised the hermeneutical and oratorical gifts of the preacher; the epistle dedicatory advertised his social connections; thus the printed sermon was also a strategy for advancing the career of the preacher.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Jacques Abbadie; Preaching; Huguenot; French Protestant; History of the book;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 9427
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    Depositing User: Ruth Whelan
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 13:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of French Studies
    Publisher: Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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