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Paul’s Community Formation Preaching in 1 Thessalonians

An Alternative to the New Homiletic

Kwang-hyun Cho

This book increases awareness about Paul’s community formation preaching which has been widely ignored in the contemporary homiletical field where the New Homiletic has exerted a strong influence. By drawing on the sociological concept of symbolic boundaries, the author demonstrates that Paul in his preaching of 1 Thessalonians used three symbolic resources in order to create boundaries for the formation of the Thessalonian community: the kerygmatic narrative, local narratives, and ethical norms. This interdisciplinary study suggests that contemporary preachers, who face the task of forming Christian communities in a post-Christian society, should preach shared narratives and communal norms for the creation of boundaries as Paul did.

Introduction – The New Homiletic: The Turn to the Individual Listener – Paul’s Main Intention of Preaching in 1 Thessalonians: Community Formation – Paul’s Preaching for Community Formation: The Creation and Maintenance of Symbolic Boundaries – Homiletical Implications of Paul’s Preaching for Community Formation with Regard to the Post-Christian Context – Conclusion