What does gospel mean?

Definitions for gospel
ˈgɒs pəlgospel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gospel, Gospels, evangel(noun)

    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 truth(noun)

    an unquestionable truth

    "his word was gospel"

  3. gospel, gospel singing(noun)

    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, creed(noun)

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

  5. gospel(noun)

    a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance

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

Wiktionary

  1. gospel(Noun)

    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.

    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.

  2. gospel(Noun)

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

    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.

  3. gospel(Noun)

    A message expected to have positive reception or effect.

    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.

  4. gospel(Noun)

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

    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.

  5. gospel(Noun)

    gospel music

    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.

  6. gospel(Noun)

    That which is absolutely authoritative .

    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.

  7. Gospel(ProperNoun)

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

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gospel

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

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

  2. Gospel

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

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

  3. Gospel

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

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

  4. Gospel

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

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

  5. Gospel

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

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

  6. Gospel(adj)

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

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

  7. Gospel(verb)

    to instruct in the gospel

    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. Allen Toussaint:

    Our upright wasn't much of a piano — it was a half-step flat the entire time we owned it — but that piano was everything to me. It was dark mahogany, almost black, with rouge crimps all over it. I took about eight piano lessons before my teacher gave up on me. I loved boogie-woogie and hillbilly music and gospel too much.

  2. Salvation Army volunteer Robert Cairncross:

    My principal aim is to bring the Gospel, and I think if you spread the Gospel, then only good comes out of what you do, i’m amazed at the generosity of the American people for people less fortunate than themselves. When you go back to the Salvation Army center and see the gifts they’ve given there, it’s amazing.

  3. Arthur Brooks:

    Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew, didn't say 'tolerate your enemies.' He said 'love your enemies,'.

  4. Ronnie Floyd:

    I declare to everyone today as a minister of the Gospel – I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies, i completely refuse.

  5. First Liberty Institute:

    Todd Starnes Radio Show. no court has ever declared a ceremony observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day unconstitutional because it featured a gospel choir and religious language similar to those of the civil rights leaders.

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