What does Gospel mean?

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ˈgɒs pəlGospel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gospel, Gospels, evangelnoun

    the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings

  2. gospel, gospel truthnoun

    an unquestionable truth

    "his word was gospel"

  3. gospel, gospel singingnoun

    folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)

  4. religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creednoun

    the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group

  5. gospelnoun

    a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance

    "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"

Wiktionary

  1. gospelnoun

    The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus.

  2. gospelnoun

    An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.

  3. gospelnoun

    A message expected to have positive reception or effect.

  4. gospelnoun

    the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments

  5. gospelnoun

    gospel music

  6. gospelnoun

    That which is absolutely authoritative .

  7. Gospelnoun

    One of the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.

  8. Etymology: From godspel (corresponding to, i.e. "good tidings"), used to translate ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio, itself a translation of evangelium / Ancient Greek, literally "good news". Compare Old Norse and Icelandic guðspjall.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GOSPELnoun

    Etymology: godes spel, or God's or good tidings; ἐυαγγέλιον; soskkel, skeal suach, happy tidings, Erse.

    Thus may the gospel to the rising sun
    Be spread, and flourish where it first begun. Edmund Waller.

    How is a good Christian animated and cheered by a stedfast belief of the promises of the gospel! Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. To Gospelverb

    To fill with sentiments of religion. This word in William Shakespeare, in whom alone I have found it, is used, though so venerable in itself, with some degree of irony: I suppose from the gospellers, who had long been held in contempt.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Are you so gospell’d
    To pray for this good man, and for his issue,
    Whose heavy hand hath bow’d you to the grave? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gospel

    glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation

  2. Gospel

    one of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

  3. Gospel

    a selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service; as, the gospel for the day

  4. Gospel

    any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel

  5. Gospel

    anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true; as, they took his words for gospel

  6. Gospeladjective

    accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness

  7. Gospelverb

    to instruct in the gospel

  8. Etymology: [OE. gospel, godspel, AS. godspell; god God + spell story, tale. See God, and Spell, v.]

Freebase

  1. Gospel

    A gospel is an account that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The most widely known examples are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but the term is also used to refer to the apocryphal gospels, the non-canonical gospels, the Jewish-Christian gospels and the gnostic gospels. Christianity traditionally places a high value on the four canonical gospels, which it considers to be a revelation from God and central to its belief system. Christians teach that the four canonical gospels are an accurate and authoritative representation of the life of Jesus, but many scholars agree that not everything contained in the gospels is historically reliable. In Islam the Injil is the Arabic term for a book given to Jesus. Injil is sometimes translated as 'gospel'. This is one of the four Islamic holy books that the Qur'an reports as having been revealed by God. Islam holds that over time the Injil became altered, and God sent the prophet Muhammad to reveal the last book.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gospel

    gos′pel, n. the Christian revelation: the narrative of the life of Christ, as related by Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John: the stated portion of these read at service: the teaching of Christ: a system of religious truth: absolute truth.—v.t. (Shak.) to instruct in the gospel.—n. Gos′peller, a preacher: an evangelist.—v.t. Gos′pellise, to square with the gospel. [A.S. godspell; commonly derived from A.S. gód, good, and spell, story, and so a translation of Gr. eu-anggelion, good news; but more prob. from god, God, and spell, a narrative, God-story; so also the Ice. is guðspjall, God-story, and not góðspjall, good-story; and the Old High Ger. was gotspell, got (God) -spel, not guot (good) -spel.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Gospel

    From the Anglo-Saxon God-spell, “good news.”

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gospel' in Nouns Frequency: #2489

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gospel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gospel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Gospel in a Sentence

  1. Kyung Sup Lee:

    I believe Rev. Lim has always wanted to work toward the reunification of Koreas and spread the gospel everywhere, specifically North Korea.

  2. The Pope:

    In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you on the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say 'thank you', a big thank you... and to tell you that I love you very much.

  3. Saint Francis of Assisi:

    Preach the gospel at all times -- If necessary, use words.

  4. Bob Tebow:

    I’m not going to retire from the Great Commission to spread the gospel, i may be slower, and I may shake on the way, but I still have work to do.

  5. Russell Okung:

    No matter your background, no matter your ethnicity, you deserve a chance to fully participate in the future of our economy, we're preaching the gospel that you matter, where you're from matters, and if you want to solve problems from places in which you come from, you can do it.

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