Definitions for gospel
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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
gospel, gospel truthnoun
an unquestionable truth
"his word was gospel"
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)
religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creednoun
the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance
"Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"
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.
An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments
That which is absolutely authoritative .
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
Gospel originally meant the Christian message ("the gospel"), but in the 2nd century it came to be used also for the books in which the message was set out. In this sense a gospel can be defined as a loose-knit, episodic narrative of the words and deeds of Jesus, culminating in his trial and death and concluding with various reports of his post-resurrection appearances. Modern scholars are cautious of relying on the gospels uncritically, but nevertheless, they provide a good idea of the public career of Jesus, and critical study can attempt to distinguish the original ideas of Jesus from those of the later authors.The four canonical gospels were probably written between AD 66 and 110. All four were anonymous (with the modern names added in the 2nd century), almost certainly none were by eyewitnesses, and all are the end-products of long oral and written transmission. Mark was the first to be written, using a variety of sources. The authors of Matthew and Luke both independently used Mark for their narrative of Jesus's career, supplementing it with a collection of sayings called the Q source and additional material unique to each. There is near-consensus that John had its origins as the hypothetical Signs Gospel thought to have been circulated within a Johannine community. The contradictions and discrepancies between the first three and John make it impossible to accept both traditions as equally reliable.Many non-canonical gospels were also written, all later than the four canonical gospels, and like them advocating the particular theological views of their various authors. Important examples include the gospels of Thomas, Peter, Judas, and Mary; infancy gospels such as that of James (the first to introduce the perpetual virginity of Mary); and gospel harmonies such as the Diatessaron.
The term "gospel" is derived from the Old English term "god-spell," meaning "good news" or "glad tidings." In a religious context, it refers to the first four books of the New Testament in the Christian Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – which chronicle the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More broadly, the term can refer to the message or teachings of Jesus, or any doctrine that is seen as of utmost importance. In a non-religious context, "gospel" may refer to any kind of message or information that is enthusiastically received or promoted. It also refers to a genre of music that is spiritual and deeply rooted in the Christian church.
glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation
one of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
a selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service; as, the gospel for the day
any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel
anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true; as, they took his words for gospel
accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness
to instruct in the gospel
Etymology: [OE. gospel, godspel, AS. godspell; god God + spell story, tale. See God, and Spell, v.]
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
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
From the Anglo-Saxon God-spell, “good news.”
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'gospel' in Nouns Frequency: #2489
The numerical value of gospel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of gospel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
My earliest memories are watching Billy Graham preach on television as a very small child. I remember being struck as a child with the gravity with which he took the Gospel. That continued with me for the rest of my life, when I met Dr. Billy Graham, that same sense of weightiness of the Gospel was evident in him personally – just as it was in public.
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees, and flowers, and clouds, and stars.
My earliest memories are watching Franklin Graham preach on television as a very small child. I remember being struck as a child with the gravity with which he took the Gospel. That continued with me for the rest of my life, when I met Dr. Franklin Graham, that same sense of weightiness of the Gospel was evident in him personally – just as it was in public.
I hear that sometimes, too, i think Pope Francis is conservative in the right way. You have to be conservative enough to come back to what is the foundation: that's the Gospel. You cannot reproach Pope Francis of not living the Gospel, or not preaching the truth of the Gospel.
He was born in the Southern states and was influenced by Black gospel singers there, he couldn’t understand how I had so much gospel in me, because that’s what he related to. You see, Elvis Presley was really a gospel singer. And he heard that in me, and in Vegas, we would be up at night singing gospel songs. I would mostly listen because he knew more gospel songs than I did. We definitely had a closeness.
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- evangeliCatalan, Valencian
- ilosanoma, evankeliumiFinnish
- gospel, évangileFrench
- soisgeulScottish Gaelic
- सुसमाचार, इंजीलHindi
- 福音書, 福音Japanese
- gospel, evangelhoPortuguese
- evagnelu, banzeluSardinian
- jevanđelje, ева̀нђе̄ље, јеванђељеSerbo-Croatian
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