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Die Areopagusrede (Hand. 17:22-31) – ’n verkenning van homiletiese elemente

C. J.H. Venter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 39, No 4 | a408 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v39i4.408 | © 2005 C. J.H. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2005 | Published: 31 July 2005

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C. J.H. Venter, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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The Areopagus speech (Acts 17:22-31) – an exploration of homiletical elements
In this article certain guidelines are developed from a selection of definitions for preaching and also from relevant data about the process of compiling and evaluating sermons. The aim in developing these guidelines was to establish parameters for the exploration of the Areopagus speech. It was established that the way in which listeners is addressed, and also the link-up with the situation of the listeners to the speech, can be considered as important homiletical elements. Together with these elements the structure of the speech as well as the transitions in the speech can be regarded as major homiletical elements in the body of the sermon. The trinitarian revelation of God in this speech and also the balance between indicative, imperative and promise mark this speech as a sermon. The elements of cohesion and progression are perceptibly present in this speech with the result that the introduction (God creates and grants life) links up well with the climax (eternal life through the resurrection of Christ).


Areopagus Speech; Preaching A Definition; Revelation Of God; Sermon Introduction Body Conclusion


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