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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - exhortation
Greek - exhortation
Greek - exhortation, exhortations

Argument (Acts 2:40) or advice intended to incite hearers to action. The ability to exhort or encourage to action is a spiritual gift (Romans 12:8) sometimes associated with prophets/preachers (Acts 15:32; 1 Corinthians 14:3). Elsewhere mutual exhortation is the responsibility of all Christians (Romans 1:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:11,1 Thessalonians 5:14; Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:24-25). The Hebrew Scriptures provided New Testament preachers with a source of exhortation (Romans 15:14; Hebrews 12:5-6). The synagogue sermon was described as a “word of exhortation” (Acts 13:15). As such it called for applying the truths of the scriptural text to life. Indeed, exhortation is the goal of orderly worship (1 Corinthians 14:31). Letters of exhortation were common in the ancient world. Messengers often supplied additional encouragement to supplement the written message (2 Samuel 11:25; Ephesians 6:22; Colossians 4:8). Two New Testament documents describe themselves as exhortations (1 Peter 5:12; Hebrews 13:22). The effect of the letter of the Apostolic Council was similarly described as exhortation (Acts 15:21). Though it does not designate itself as such, the Epistle of James is an exhortation.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'EXHORTATION'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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