A preacher urging voter turnout invoked the biblical tale of Jesus and Barabbas.
She sees Plath as "a godless version of Ecclesiastes' preacher."
The preacher read a short verse of Scripture, then said a prayer.
c.1200, from Old French preecheor "preacher" (Modern French prêcheur), from Latin praedicatorem (nominative praedicator) "public praiser, eulogist," literally "proclaimer" (see preach). Slang short form preach (n.) is recorded by 1968, American English.