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noun, plural ke·ryg·ma·ta [ki-rig-muh-tuh] /kɪˈrɪg mə tə/.
  1. the preaching of the gospel of Christ, especially in the manner of the early church.
  2. the content or message of such preaching.
Also ke·rug·ma [ki-ruhg-muh] /kɪˈrʌg mə/.

Origin of kerygma

1885–90; < Greek kḗrygma proclamation, preaching, equivalent to kēryk-, stem of kērýssein to proclaim + -ma resultative noun suffix
Related formsker·yg·mat·ic [ker-ig-mat-ik] /ˌkɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kerugma


  1. Christianity the essential news of Jesus, as preached by the early Christians to elicit faith rather than to educate or instruct

Word Origin

from Greek: preaching, proclamation
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Word Origin and History for kerugma



"preaching," 1889, from Greek kerygma "proclamation, preaching," from keryssein "to proclaim," related to keryx "herald."

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