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Abstract

STRAUSS, Hendrik S.W  and  DE WET, Friedrich W. Hermeneutical challenges encountered by Christ-centered preaching from Old Testament narratives. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.48, n.2, pp.01-11. ISSN 2305-0853.

Many ministers find it difficult to preach Christ from the Old Testament. The problem of Christocentric preaching from the Old Testament is essentially a hermeneutical problem. In this article an answer is proposed, firstly by identifying specific anchors in a sea of hermeneutic possibilities. These include the Christian character of the Old Testament, and the unity between the Old and New Testaments with a universal message. In order to preach Christ in a credible and responsible manner from the Old Testament, an exegetical method, which takes into account the character of the Old Testament as well as its relationship to the New Testament, is essential. The holistic historic-critical method, we believe, serves Christocentric preaching from the Old Testament the best as it takes the literary, historical and theological aspects of the text into consideration. As a responsible exegetical method lays the foundations for Christocentric preaching from the Old Testament, an exploration of meaningful (organic) transitions from Old Testament narratives to the New Testament is made. Seeing that Christocentric preaching from the Old Testament is not without dangers, some pitfalls regarding Christocentric preaching from the Old Testament narratives are highlighted.

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