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The gospel and funeral sermons of Conrad Bröske: A picture of innovation and conformity in pietist preaching

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The preparation and delivery of sermons represented a relentless task for Conrad Bröske. He preached on Sundays and feastdays as well as at confirmations, weddings and funerals for various members of the Ysenburg court. The sources for investigating Bröske's preaching include the sermon he preached in 1707 at the funeral for the Gräfin Charlotte Amalie and the Betrachtungen, a published collection of some sixty of Bröske's sermons on a year's Gospel and feast day texts. It was common practice by this time for Protestant preachers to publish sermon collections. Three features of Bröske's work as court preacher become evident in the sermons: his consistent effort to make old liturgical forms attractive; his use of varied preaching methods aimed at application; and his rejection of separatism in favour of working within the parish system. Bröske's funeral sermon reveals his special relationship with Count Johann Philipp and the Countess Charlotte Amalie.

Keywords: Conrad Bröske; Count Johann Philipp; Countess Charlotte Amalie; funeral sermon; Gospel; Protestant preachers; Ysenburg court



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