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Scottish Presbyterianism Re-establishedThe Case of Stirling and Dunblane, 1687-1710$
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Andrew T.N. Muirhead

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474447386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447386.001.0001

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Preaching the Word, Week by Week

Preaching the Word, Week by Week

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(p.128) Chapter Seven Preaching the Word, Week by Week
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Scottish Presbyterianism Re-established
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Andrew T.N. Muirhead

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447386.003.0008

Based very largely on the published diary of George Turnbull, minister of Alloa, this chapter examines worship, preaching and lecturing in the 1690s. An analysis of the texts used shows large gaps in the scripture actually used, especially in the area of the gospels and the history books of the Old Testament. A group of 12 surviving sermons and 6 lectures from 1691 is identified and briefly analysed, being shown to conform to the pattern recommended by James Wodrow. Turnbull’s main source were the psalms and the epistles and comparison is made with two other contemporaries in East Lothian whose header texts are listed. It is suggested that although the episcopal regime banned the ‘lecture’ prior to 1690, the episcopal minister of Tranent gave sermons in very similar form to the lecture at his afternoon diets of worship.

Keywords:   Turnbull, George, Sermons, Lectures, Use of scripture, Alloa

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