Definition of Gospel

1. Noun. The four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings.

2. Noun. An unquestionable truth. "His word was gospel"
Exact synonyms: Gospel Truth
Generic synonyms: True Statement, Truth

3. 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).
Exact synonyms: Gospel Singing
Category relationships: A Capella Singing, A Cappella Singing
Generic synonyms: Ethnic Music, Folk, Folk Music
Specialized synonyms: Doo-wop, Soul

4. Noun. The written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group.

5. Noun. A doctrine that is believed to be of great importance. "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"

Definition of Gospel

1. n. Glad tidings; especially, the good news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation.

2. a. Accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness.

3. v. t. To instruct in the gospel.

Definition of Gospel

1. Proper noun. (Christianity) (alternative spelling of gospel) ¹

2. Proper noun. (Christianity) One of the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. ¹

3. 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. ¹

4. Noun. An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era. ¹

5. Noun. A message expected to have positive reception or effect. ¹

6. Noun. (context: Protestantism) the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments ¹

7. Noun. gospel music ¹

8. Noun. That which is absolutely authoritative (gloss definitive). ¹

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Definition of Gospel

1. the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gospel

gospel (current term)
gospel bird
gospel music
gospel singing
gospel truth

Literary usage of Gospel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"wrote a commentary on the gospel of St. Matthew.—We find in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs—drawn up, according to some critics, about the middle of ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"This gospel was regarded by many in the first centuries as the Hebrew original of the ... With the canonical gospel it agrees in some of its sayings; ..."

3. The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim (1883)
"They are rather peculiarly gospel- Parables ' of the recovery of the lost:' in the ... As Jesus preached the gospel of God's call, not to those who had, ..."

4. The Works of Joseph Bellamy by Joseph Bellamy, Tryon Edwards (1850)
"WHETHER THE gospel CALLS FALLEN MAN TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD. Question. Doth the gospel call fallen man to be reconciled to that character of God, ..."

5. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick (1885)
"For Marcion, rejecting the entire gospel, yea rather, cutting himself off from the gospel, boasts that he has part in the [blessings of] the gospel.4 Others ..."

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