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Redemptive-historical narrative preaching as a homiletical alternative for preaching on suffering

Jima Seo, Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6808 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6808 | © 2021 Jima Seo, Johann-Albrecht Meylahn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2021 | Published: 20 August 2021

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Jima Seo, Department of Practical Theology and Mission Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department of Practical Theology and Mission Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Humans live by experiencing various types of sufferings, directly or indirectly. For this reason, it is evident that one of the topics of great interest in congregations is the question of suffering. This study aims to present redemptive-historical narrative preaching as a homiletical strategy for preaching on suffering. Redemptive-historical narrative preaching can be a homiletical alternative for preaching on suffering because it improves the weaknesses of the traditional homiletic and new homiletic and further develops their strengths. In this study, we will identify the main problems of preaching on suffering in Korean churches. Then, we will discuss redemptive-historical preaching and narrative preaching, which form the foundation of redemptive-historical narrative preaching. Finally, we will propose and explain the redemptive-historical narrative preaching in detail and why it is suitable to respond to contexts of suffering within congregations.

Contribution: Redemptive-historical narrative preaching has greater significance, not only in terms of overcoming the limitations of redemptive-historical preaching and narrative preaching but also in maximising the advantages of both. This research would contribute to the field of homiletics of the Hervormde Teologiese Studies journal.


Keywords

preaching on suffering; traditional homiletic; new homiletic; redemptive-historical preaching; narrative preaching; περιπέτεια (reversal); God-centered big idea

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