Gospel definition

gŏspəl
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A teaching or doctrine of a religious teacher.
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The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles, which is the central content of Christian revelation.
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(music) Gospel music.
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A lection from any of the first four New Testament books included as part of a religious service.
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Of or relating to gospel music.
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The gospel is defined as the Christian teaching about the life of Jesus, the books in which this information is written, or other information which is said to be total truth.

An example of the gospel is the Book of Luke in the Bible.

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Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true.

My parents' rules were gospel.

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Of or in accordance with the Gospel; evangelical.
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Anything proclaimed or accepted as the absolute truth.
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Of or having to do with the gospel or evangelism.
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Of or having to do with gospel music.
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The definition of gospel is relating to information about Jesus.

An example of gospel used as an adjective is in the phrase "gospel music," which means songs of praise about Christ.

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(bible) One of the first four New Testament books, describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and recording his teaching.
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A similar narrative.
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Any doctrine or rule widely or ardently maintained.
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An evangelistic Protestant religious music, esp. a kind that evolved from spirituals and the black churches in the U.S.; also, a melismatic singing style characteristic of black gospel, often employing antiphonal patterns.
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The teachings of Jesus and the Apostles; specif., the Christian doctrine of the redemption of man through Jesus as Christ.
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The history of the life and teachings of Jesus.
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Any of the first four books of the New Testament.
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An excerpt from any of these books read in a religious service.
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An account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
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A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
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(Protestantism) The teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments.
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(uncountable) Gospel music.
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(uncountable) That which is absolutely authoritative (definitive).
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(obsolete) To instruct in the gospel.

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(Christianity) Alternative spelling of gospel.
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(Christianity) One of the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gospel
Plural:
gospels

Origin of gospel

  • Middle English from Old English gōdspel (ultimately translation of Greek euangelion) gōd good good spel news

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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”).

    From Wiktionary