The preaching of the Greek church fathers
CITATION: Van de Beek, A. 2020. The preaching of the Greek church fathers. In die Skriflig, 54(1):a2650, doi:10.4102/ids.v54i1.2650.
The original publication is available at https://indieskriflig.org.za
This article deals with the preaching of the Greek church fathers. Genres, themes and hermeneutics are discussed. It appears that not only the biblical text, but also historical events are considered as messages from God and have to be interpreted in order to understand their meaning. A remarkable paradigm shift occurred in the 4th century when the church became a dominant cultural and political factor. In the early period, the preaching focused on Christ, glorious in his suffering. After the transformation under Constantine, themes of worldview and even submission to the emperor became the subject of preaching. Preaching, which supported existing political powers, replaced the early Christian view of life as strangers on earth. In the last section, the relevance of this for preaching in the 21st century is discussed.