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Puritan sermons were traditionally structured in five parts : epigraph, doctrine, reasons, application, and epilogue. Execution sermons like Samson Occom’s followed this format but, with the criminal on the gallows and a crowd of spectators gathered around, gave special emphasis to the application. In class, we will discuss the execution sermon as a popular genre, and the delicate political task Occom faced in addressing both a white and Indian audience. Traditional Structure of a Puritan Sermon: I. Epigraph The epigraph was also known as the sermon’s “text.” It was always a Biblical quotation, no more than a few verses in length. This passage was selected by the preacher and was intended to address a specific problem or concern in the community. a. Grammatical Reading - Restatement of the epigraph in easily accessible terms b. Logical Meaning - Explanation of the epigraph’s Biblical context and its meaning within that context c. Figurative Meaning - Précis of the epigraph’s theological and real-world implications
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2010 for the course ENGLISH 166AC taught by Professor Saul during the Fall '08 term at Berkeley.

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