A fundamental method of communication in the NT (though it continues the ‘announcement of good tidings’ in the later OT prophets, Isa. 40:9). It was said both of John the Baptist (Mark 1:7) and Jesus (Luke 4:18) that they preached their messages, and Paul regarded preaching as his main work (1 Cor. 1:17). The Greek word commonly used for the preached sermon is kerygma, which is sometimes distinguished from the other kind of NT communication, teaching or instructing new members, for which the Greek word was didache.
Jesus' good news is succinctly given (Luke 4:18–19) as good news to the poor, release to captives, sight to the blind, liberty to the oppressed, and was the proclaiming of ‘the acceptable year of the Lord’. The good news of Paul was centred on the death and resurrection of Christ ‘in accordance with the scriptures’ (1 Cor. 15:3–8).

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  • PREACHING — In the Talmudic Period NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE SERMON The sermon, delivered in the synagogue or in the house of study, mainly on Sabbaths and festivals, is a very ancient institution. Nothing is known of its beginnings. It may have originated… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • preaching — preachingly, adv. /pree ching/, n. 1. the act or practice of a person who preaches. 2. the art of delivering sermons. 3. a sermon. 4. a public religious service with a sermon. adj. 5. of, pertaining to, or resembling preaching: a preaching tone… …   Universalium

  • preaching —    This word (from the Latin predicare, meaning to announce or to proclaim ) refers to a proclamation of, and a commentary on, the Christian message. Preaching, in the form of a sermon or homily, is customary after the reading of theGospel at the …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Preaching — Preach Preach, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preaching}.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preaching — noun I ain t got no use for your preaching Syn: religious teaching, message, sermons; informal Bible thumping …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • preaching — noun 1. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service) (Freq. 10) • Syn: ↑sermon, ↑discourse • Derivationally related forms: ↑preach, ↑sermonize (for: ↑serm …   Useful english dictionary

  • preaching — noun The act of delivering a sermon or similar moral instruction …   Wiktionary

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