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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

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WEPENER, Cas. Researching preaching beyond the (transcribed) text in (South) Africa: Methodological considerations. STJ [online]. 2020, vol.6, n.2, pp.481-501. ISSN 2413-9467.

In (South) Africa, preaching should in addition to textual studies of recorded and transcribed sermon texts, also be studied as an enacted performance and thus beyond the transcribed text. This article develops an argument regarding the need for the field of Homiletics in (South) Africa to firstly broaden the object of empirical homiletical research and study preaching as an enacted or performed liturgical ritual and secondly, augment its existing research methodologies accordingly. Such a methodology will take African epistemologies and ontologies more seriously than traditional methodologies that only study transcribed texts and to a large extent ignore the significance of the performance of the sermon. Recent methodological developments in Liturgical Studies can be helpful in this regard and a discussion between the two disciplines are encouraged, as well as insights gained from other fields such as Ritual -and Performance Studies. The article ends with some implications that the broadening of the research object may have for homiletical research methods in Africa.

Keywords : Homiletics; preaching; methodology; Africa.

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