In its medieval form–the ars praedicandi or homiletics (AP) is formally still a Usener, Sylvia (Wuppertal RWG), “Homiletics/Ars praedicandi”, in: Brill’s New. The orderly hand of medieval Scholas- ticism can clearly be perceived in sermon composition; for by the thirteenth century, the Golden Age of ars praedicandi. FRATE CIPOLLA’S ARS PRAEDICANDI OR A ‘RECIT DU. DISCOURS’ IN BOCCACCIO. In the eighty-ninth novella of the Novellino, there is an account of a .

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Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Modern Language Association http: A literary genre comprising manuals on the art of preaching.

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The influence of classical rhetoric on the ars praedicandi is in some degree apparent, but the scholastic foundation goes even deeper — dialectical topoi abound in the method of developing the sermon.

These systematic treatises are quite different from the sketchy praedicani rudimentary attempts of the earlier period to give outline to the art, a period when the direct and uncomplicated homily was the common type of preaching.

Recourse to the concordant points in the authorities is constant. The preacher’s ethical qualities, personality, and deportment, and the psychology of many different kinds of audience are przedicandi considered, and advice of practical value is offered for the delivery of the sermon.

The professed aim of the preacher was to win souls to God, to provide instruction in faith and morals. In the period from towith the rise of the great preaching orders and the spread of scholasticism, preaching flourished both in practice and in theory.


The highly schematized nature of the artes, with their serrated tissue of texts and divisions and their tendency to encourage mechanical artifice, verbal dexterity, and often false subtleties, induced an adverse reaction on the part of some critics both at the time and later.

Development by expansion was an important feature of preaching theory. When allied to talent, the rules doubtless trained many effective preachers in their day.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Yet eloquence could be the handmaid of Christian truth and secular learning could be made use of by the preacher. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

The sermon was often compared to a tree, the theme corresponding to the root, the protheme to the trunk, the main ar to the larger branches, the subdivisions to the smaller, and the development to the rich foliage, flowers, and fruit. Others, however, praised the ingenuity of the inventional scheme, the adherence to good order, the firm foundation in Scripture, and the shrewd and sound observations. Occasionally homiletical aids are recommended, such as biblical commentaries, glosses, concordances, tracts on vices and virtues, collections of exempla, homiletic lexica, and text-materials — all storehouses on which the preacher could draw.

The Ars Praedicandi and the Medieval Sermon in: Preacher, Sermon and Audience in the Middle Ages

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Several of the best treatises on the ars praedicandi were devoted to sermons to be delivered to the clergy and students in the theological schools of the great universities, and they therefore reflect the taste of learned audiences.


The thematic sermon was generally constructed of the following parts: He was advised to feed the mind rather than charm the ear, to confer profit rather than delight, and not to make a vainglorious display of his powers. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this aars. Among the numerous means are maxims, the exemplum, etymology, the four senses of scriptural interpretation, rhythm, metrical consonance, and cadence the last three serving also a mnemonic purposemultiplication of synonyms, interpretation of a name, the logical categories, cause and effect, syllogisms and enthymemes, and opportune humor.

The most common method of sermon development in this period was the thematic, and this embraced a variety of types.

The Ars Praedicandi and the Medieval Sermon

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Home Religion Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Ars Praedicandi. Special manuals proliferated; well over are known, although most of them are still in manuscript form, unpublished.

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