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kerygma

[ki-rig-muh]
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.
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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 kerygmatic

kerygma

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

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

kerygma

n.

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

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