Preaching as Testimony by Anna Carter Florence

December 9, 2014

By exploring the historical, theoretical, and practical elements of the tradition of testimony, Anna Carter Florence seeks in this much-anticipated book to establish the historical and contemporary validity of women’s preaching and to introduce testimony to a new generation of preachers and teachers. She begins with the stories of three women whose preaching was often described as testimony: Anne MarburyHutchinson (1591–1643), Sarah Osborn (1714–1796) and Jarena Lee (1783–?). Then, reflecting upon the work of Paul Ricoeur, Walter Brueggemann, Rebecca Chopp, and Mary McClintock Fulkerson, she examines biblical and theological perspectives on testimony. Finally, she explores how testimony plays out in a preacher’s life, offering constructive proposals for preaching as well as helpful guidelines, direction, and exercises.

Anna Carter Florence is Assistant Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia.  
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