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O.B.Perkins and the Southern Oratorical Preaching Tradition

Studies in American Religion v. 58

By (author) Gary Holloway
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773491732
ISBN-13: 9780773491731
Barcode No: 9780773491731
Much has been written on the chanting "spiritual" style of folk preaching in America. This style has so dominated folklore studies that many scholars define folk preaching exclusively in terms of this style. O.B. Perkins has all the characteristics of a folk preacher, but he does not chant his sermons. Instead, he has a reasoned, oratorical delivery quite similar to the popular political rhetoric of the early twentieth century South. This study of his life and sermons broadens the field of folk preaching to include the preaching of those who do not chant their sermons, but who do have a traditional homiletical form.

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