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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gospel  \Gos"pel\,  n.  [OE.  gospel,  godspel,  AS  godspell  god  God 
  +  spell  story,  tale.  See  {God},  and  {Spell},  v.] 
  1.  Glad  tidings;  especially,  the  good  news  concerning  Christ, 
  the  Kingdom  of  God,  and  salvation. 
 
  And  Jesus  went  about  all  Galilee,  teaching  in  their 
  synagogues,  and  preaching  the  gospel  of  the  kingdom. 
  --Matt.  iv 
  23. 
 
  The  steadfast  belief  of  the  promises  of  the  gospel. 
  --Bentley. 
 
  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. 
 
  Thus  the  literal  sense  [of  gospel]  is  the 
  ``narrative  of  God,''  i.  e.,  the  life  of  Christ. 
  --Skeat. 
 
  2.  One  of  the  four  narratives  of  the  life  and  death  of  Jesus 
  Christ,  written  by  Matthew,  Mark,  Luke,  and  John. 
 
  3.  A  selection  from  one  of  the  gospels,  for  use  in  a 
  religious  service;  as  the  gospel  for  the  day 
 
  4.  Any  system  of  religious  doctrine;  sometimes  any  system  of 
  political  doctrine  or  social  philosophy;  as  this 
  political  gospel.  --Burke. 
 
  5.  Anything  propounded  or  accepted  as  infallibly  true;  as 
  they  took  his  words  for  gospel.  [Colloq.] 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gospel  \Gos"pel\,  a. 
  Accordant  with  or  relating  to  the  gospel;  evangelical;  as 
  gospel  righteousness.  --Bp.  Warburton 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gospel  \Gos"pel\,  v.  t. 
  To  instruct  in  the  gospel.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Gospel 
  n  1:  four  books  in  the  New  Testament  that  tell  the  story  of 
  Christ's  life  and  teachings  [syn:  {Gospel},  {Gospels},  {evangel}] 
  2:  an  unquestionable  truth;  "his  word  was  gospel"  [syn:  {gospel 
  truth}] 
  3:  the  body  of  teachings  of  a  religious  group  that  are 
  generally  accepted  by  that  group  [syn:  {religious  doctrine}, 
  {church  doctrine},  {creed}] 
  4:  a  doctrine  that  is  believed  to  be  of  great  importance; 
  "Newton's  writings  were  gospel  for  those  who  followed" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [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.  (2.) 
  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).  (3.)  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). 
 




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