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).
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).