- the preaching of the gospel of Christ, especially in the manner of the early church.
- 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
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- Christianity the essential news of Jesus, as preached by the early Christians to elicit faith rather than to educate or instruct
Word Origin for kerygma
from Greek: preaching, proclamation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"preaching," 1889, from Greek kerygma "proclamation, preaching," from keryssein "to proclaim," related to keryx "herald."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper