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  • adj. Of or relating to familiar intercourse; social; companionable.
  • adj. Of or relating to homiletics; homiletic; hortatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to familiar intercourse; conversable; companionable.
  • Same as homiletic, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of the nature of a homily or sermon
  • adj. of or relating to homiletics


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  • Midrashim are those called homiletical, or Hagadic, which embrace the interpretation, illustration, or expansion, in a moralizing or edifying manner, of the non-legal portions of the Hebrew Bible.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The words "homiletical" and "homily" suggest what they originally connoted; they are derived from the Greek word [Greek: homilia], "an assembly," and a homily was a discourse delivered to an assembly.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria

  • They looked at me as if I were attempting sermon suicide -- or worse, homiletical homicide Leviticus would kill our congregation.

    Cathleen Falsani: Living Leviticus: Who Could Do It? Who Would Want To?

  • During the Roman occupation and subsequent exile, this body of knowledge was committed to writing as an emergency measure and was formalized into what is now known as the Talmud (authoritative case law, ethics, mysticism and ritual practice), the Midrashim (homiletical stories) and the Kabbalah.

    Rabbi Adam Jacobs: The Essential Jewish Canon

  • The following homiletical tale from Pesikta de-Rab Kahana 22: 2 teaches that infertility is never more than a presumption:

    Infertile Wife in Rabbinic Judaism.

  • A typical example of such an enumeration appears in the homiletical midrash collection Pesikta de-Rav Kahana 20.1.

    Infertile Wife in Rabbinic Judaism.

  • The curriculum in Jewish studies included Bible and traditional commentaries, Jewish philosophy, moral and homiletical literature and those laws incumbent on women, but it stopped short of Mishnah (except for Pirkei Avot) and Talmud.

    Bais Ya'akov Schools.

  • This was a literary genre which the Hasidic movement never invested with the full legitimacy and authority it accorded its speculative-homiletical literature, whose publication had begun much earlier, in the 1780s and 1790s.


  • R. Joseph Hayyim ben Elijah al-Hakam was a well-known Torah scholar and preacher who wrote many halakhic, Kabbalistic and homiletical books, but never held any public position.

    Ben Ish Hai.

  • Unfortunately, I was paying no attention to Jimmy Carter — his drawl made him impossible to understand on the bar TV— or to the minister who served with Kerry in Vietnam, so I can't comment on the homiletical influences in the two other speakers most likely to have had a bit of church in their speeches.

    Philocrites: July 2004 Archives


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