/gos"peuhl/, n.1. the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation.2. the story of Christ's life and teachings, esp. as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.3. (usually cap.) any of these four books.4. something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel.5. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance: political gospel.6. glad tidings, esp. concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ.7. (often cap.) Eccles. an extract from one of the four Gospels, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.8. See gospel music.adj.9. of, pertaining to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings: a gospel preacher.10. in accordance with the gospel; evangelical.11. of or pertaining to gospel music: a gospel singer.[bef. 950; ME go(d)spell, OE godspell (see GOOD, SPELL2); trans. of Gk euangélion good news; see EVANGEL1]
* * *IThe Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are placed at the beginning of the New Testament and make up about half its total text. Since the 18th century, the first three have been called the Synoptic Gospels, because they give similar accounts of the ministry of Jesus. The term is also applied to apocryphal works of the 2nd century (e.g., The Gospel of Thomas).II(as used in expressions)
* * *any of four biblical narratives covering the life and death of Jesus Christ. Written, according to tradition, respectively by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (the four evangelists), they are placed at the beginning of the New Testament and make up about half the total text. The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term god-spell, meaning “good story,” a rendering of the Latin evangelium and the Greek euangelion, meaning “good news” or “good telling.” Since the late 18th century the first three have been called the Synoptic Gospels, because the texts, set side by side, show a similar treatment of the life and death of Jesus Christ. See also Diatessaron; individual gospels by author.
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