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Definition of 'Gospel'
From: WordNet
The four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings [syn: Gospel, Gospels, evangel]
An unquestionable truth; "his word was gospel" [syn: gospel, gospel truth]
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) [syn: gospel, gospel singing]
The written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group [syn: religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creed]
A doctrine that is believed to be of great importance; "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"
Definition of 'Gospel'
Gospel \Gos"pel\, n. [OE. gospel, godspel, AS. godspell; god God + spell story, tale. See God, and Spell, v.] [1913 Webster]
1. Glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation. [1913 Webster]
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom. --Matt. iv. 23. [1913 Webster]
The steadfast belief of the promises of the gospel. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]
Note: It is probable that gospel is from. OE. godspel, God story, the narrative concerning God; but it was early confused with god spell, good story, good tidings, and was so used by the translators of the Authorized version of Scripture. This use has been retained in most cases in the Revised Version. [1913 Webster]
Thus the literal sense [of gospel] is the "narrative of God," i. e., the life of Christ. --Skeat. [1913 Webster]
2. One of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. [1913 Webster]
3. A selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service; as, the gospel for the day. [1913 Webster]
4. Any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel. --Burke. [1913 Webster]
5. Anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true; as, they took his words for gospel. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
If any one thinks this expression hyperbolical, I shall only ask him to read [OE]dipus, instead of taking the traditional witticisms about Lee for gospel. --Saintsbury. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Gospel'
Gospel \Gos"pel\, v. t. To instruct in the gospel. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Gospel'
Gospel \Gos"pel\, a. Accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'gospel'
From: Easton
Gospel a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, and meaning "God's spell", i.e., word of God, or rather, according to others, "good spell", i.e., good news. It is the rendering of the Greek _evangelion_, i.e., "good message." It denotes (1) "the welcome intelligence of salvation to man as preached by our Lord and his followers.
It was afterwards transitively applied to each of the four histories of our Lord's life, published by those who are therefore called 'Evangelists', writers of the history of the gospel (the evangelion).
The term is often used to express collectively the gospel doctrines; and 'preaching the gospel' is often used to include not only the proclaiming of the good tidings, but the teaching men how to avail themselves of the offer of salvation, the declaring of all the truths, precepts, promises, and threatenings of Christianity." It is termed "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24), "the gospel of the kingdom" (Matt. 4:23), "the gospel of Christ" (Rom. 1:16), "the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15), "the glorious gospel," "the everlasting gospel," "the gospel of salvation" (Eph. 1:13).
Synonyms of 'gospel'
anthem, apocalyptic, apostolic, articles of religion, bad news, Bible truth, Biblical, canonical, cantata, canticle, catechism, certainty, chorale, church music, credenda, credo, creed, cult, dinkum oil, doctrinal statement, doxology, evangel, evangelic, evangelistic, fact, faith, formulated belief, glad tidings, good news, good word, Gospel, gospel music, gospel truth, how it is, how things are, hymn, hymn-tune, hymnody, hymnology, ideology, inspired, introit, ism, like it is, mass, Mosaic, motet, Negro spiritual, New-Testament, offertory, offertory sentence, Old-Testament, oratorio, paean, passion, political faith, political philosophy, prophetic, prosodion, psalm, psalmody, recessional, religion, requiem, requiem mass, revealed, revealed truth, revelational, sacred music, school, scriptural, spiritual, system of belief, textual, textuary, the absolute truth, the case, the exact truth, the hard truth, the honest truth, the intrinsic truth, the naked truth, the plain truth, the simple truth, the sober truth, the stern truth, the truth, the unalloyed truth, the unqualified truth, the unvarnished truth, theopneustic, truism, truth, veracity, Weltanschauung, white spiritual, world view
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