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Preaching: An initial theoretical exploration

Hennie Pieterse, Cas Wepener
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 2 | a6501 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i2.6501 | © 2021 Cas Wepener, Hennie Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 January 2021 | Published: 20 April 2021

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Hennie Pieterse, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cas Wepener, Department of Practical Theology & Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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In this article the event of preaching is explored by making use of both older and newer sources. Whilst taking cognisance of continuous contextual changes and developments within the discipline of Homiletics, core hermeneutical, theological and homiletical aspects of preaching are revisited. The aim of this exploration is to formulate a preliminary theory of preaching that can be revisited and revised as part of a larger empirical homiletical investigation which makes use of Grounded Theory.

Contribution: This article adheres to the journal’s scope and vision by its focus on a theoretical reflection on the practice of preaching at the intersection of theology, hermeneutics and homiletics.


homiletics; preaching; hermeneutics; practical theology; theory of preaching; Grounded Theory; practice.


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