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1) A Greek term used in the NT to mean either the content or act of proclamation or preaching. The term began to be used in English and other modern western languages early in the twentieth century to signify the core of the Christian gospel. C. H. Dodd's The Apostolic Preaching and Its Developments (1936) helped to bring the word into common use among clergy, particularly as referring to the characteristic evangelistic formulations of the early church. In this usage, kerygma was to be distinguished from didache, a NT word for "teaching" that refers to the later elaboration of kerygma. 2) Predecessor to Mission and Ministry, published by Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry since 1982. Originally named Christian Foundations, this journal was published by the Fellowship of Witness beginning in 1965. The name was changed to Kerygma in 1976 when the Rev. Professor Leslie Parke Fairfield assumed responsibility for its publication.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.