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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Christianity The proclamation of religious truths, especially as taught in the Gospels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Apostolic proclamation of religious truths, especially as taught in the Gospels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A proclamation; preaching; specifically, Christian preaching.

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

  • n. preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church


Greek kērugma, preaching, proclamation, from kērux, kērug-, herald.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κῆρυγμα ("proclamation, preaching"), from κηρυσσω (kerusso, "I proclaim, preach"), from κῆρυξ (kēruks, "herald") (Wiktionary)


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  • They eventually compiled and left behind documents testifying to the understanding that they proclaimed — their "kerygma," to use the term of art.

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  • His response moves through three steps: a recall of the basic "kerygma" about

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  • "How many families ... have been helped to rediscover the joy of faith and the enthusiasm of evangelical witness through the announcement of the 'kerygma' and the rediscovery of Baptism!

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  • Christianity, the religion that is nothing if not a collective response to the person and persona of Jesus in history, ought to be a wellspring of egalitarian kerygma and joyful freedom.

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  • Passion, death, and Resurrection, which narrative no doubt constituted the heart and substance of the primitive oral kerygma, or

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  • He baldly claimed at times at least, I doubt he did so consistently that the risen Christ has no existence apart from the preached kerygma.

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  • Do you agree with my fundamentalist, YEC theology professor that they are kerygma?

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  • If so, do you feel there are any elements of kerygma in other similar non-Christian texts of the period, or do you agree with my fundamentalist, young-earth creationist professor that the genre of the gospels is sui generis because they were inspired by God?

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