Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles, which is the central content of Christian revelation.
  • n. Bible One of the first four New Testament books, describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and recording his teaching.
  • n. A similar narrative.
  • n. A lection from any of the first four New Testament books included as part of a religious service.
  • n. A teaching or doctrine of a religious teacher.
  • n. Music Gospel music.
  • n. Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true: My parents' rules were gospel.
  • adj. Of or in accordance with the Gospel; evangelical.
  • adj. Of or relating to gospel music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
  • n. A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
  • n. the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments
  • n. gospel music
  • n. That which is absolutely authoritative (definitive).
  • v. To instruct in the gospel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical.
  • n. Glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation.
  • n. One of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • n. A selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service.
  • n. Any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy.
  • n. Anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true.
  • transitive v. To instruct in the gospel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (Glad tidings, especially the glad tidings that the Messiah expected by the Jews has appeared in the person of Christ.
  • n. The story of Christ's life, teachings, sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension; hence, one of the books in which that story was originally told: as, the Gospel of Matthew.
  • n. The doctrine and precepts inculcated by Christ and recorded in the original accounts of his life and teachings.
  • n. Hence Any doctrine, religious or secular, maintained as of great or exclusive importance.
  • n. A portion of Scripture taken from one of the four gospels, and appointed to be read in liturgical churches as a part of the church service.
  • n. That which is infallibly true; absolute truth.
  • Pertaining or relating to the gospel; accordant with the gospel; evangelical.
  • To instruct in the gospel; fill with sentiments of piety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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)
  • n. an unquestionable truth
  • n. a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance
  • n. the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
  • n. the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (ultimately translation of Greek euangelion) : gōd, good; see good + spel, news.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gospel, gospell, godspel, godspell, goddspell, from Old English godspel ("gospel, glad tidings; one of the four gospels"), corresponding to god +‎ spell (“talk, tale, story”), believed to be an alteration of earlier *gōdspell (literally "good news"), used to translate ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio, itself a translation of Ecclesiastical Latin evangelium / Ancient Greek εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion, "evangel", literally "good news"). Compare Old Saxon godspel, godspell ("gospel"), Old High German gotspel ("gospel"), Icelandic guðspjall ("gospel"). (Wiktionary)

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