The message of Christ, the kingdom of God and salvation.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gospel. Word derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gospel [Gk. euangélion]; NEB also GOOD NEWS (Mt. 9:35; Mk. 16:15; Rom. 10:16; Eph. 1:13; 1 Thess. 2:9), “purpose” (Eph. 6:19), “mission” (Phil. 4:15); PREACH THE GOSPEL [Gk. euangelízomai]; NEB also TELL THE GOOD NEWS (Lk. 9:6; 20:1), BRING THE GOOD NEWS (Acts 8:25; 14:21; 16:10), PREACH (Acts 8:40;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GOSPEL Word derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell denoting “glad tidings” or “good news.”PreviewThe Gospel Message of IsaiahThe Gospel in the New TestamentThe Good News of Christ’s ComingThe Gospel according to JesusThe Gospel after Jesus’ ResurrectionThe Gospel Message of Isaiah Of all
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
gospel (Gk. euangelion, “good news”). The noun “gospel” (often but not always rendered as “good news” in the nrsv) is used only in the nt, but background for understanding the concept is found in the lxx, where the verb euangelizein (“to bring good news”) is used in Isa. 40:9; 41:27; 52:7; 61:1–2 (on
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GOSPEL. A word used only in the NT to denote the message of Christ. The Gr. euangelion, meaning “good tidings,” became a technical term for the essential message of salvation. It is modified by various descriptive phrases, such as, “the gospel of God” (Mk 1:14, ASV; Rom 15:16), “the gospel of Jesus Christ,” (Mk
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GOSPEL (Gk. euangelion, ‘good news’). In classical literature the word designated the reward given for good tidings. It also indicated the message itself, originally the announcement of victory, but later applied to other messages bringing joy. That it is found more than 75 times in the NT indicates
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gospel, Good News
Gospel, Good NewsThe English translation of Gk. euangélion which, in its most general sense, in the NT refers to the word of salvation made available to the world in and through Jesus Christ.
Gospel, Gospels
Gospel, GospelsThe standard term for the four books of the NT bearing that name: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All four show considerable similarity, despite (at times considerable) differences in content. All four start with the figure of John the Baptist, then give long accounts of the life and teaching
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gospel (Gk. euangélion “good news”; cf. Lat. evangelium; AS god-spell “good tidings”).† Good news, specifically the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:5 par. Luke 4:18; Heb. 4:2, 6; 1 Pet. 1:12). In classical Greek the term originally designated the reward given to a messenger
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Gospel (Good News)
Gospel (good news)Gospel, or “good news,” designates Jesus’ message of the appearance of God’s* kingdom (see Kingdom of God), a message entailing liberty for those held captive to any form of affliction and demonstrated most dramatically in acts of healing*. In some instances the term encompasses
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
GospelThe Greek word euangelion, frequently translated “gospel,” means “glad tidings,” or “good news,” and in Pauline usage it refers to the message of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ. Of the seventy-six instances of “gospel” in the NT, sixty are found in the Pauline corpus (forty-eight in the undisputed
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GOSPEL (from the Anglo-Saxon gōd-spell, “good tidings” or “good news”) The name generally given to the four divinely inspired accounts of the life, death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible. More broadly, “the gospel of the Kingdom” (Matt 4:23; Mark 1:15; Luke 4:43, 8:1, 16:16), the
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
GospelThe euangelizomai (“I proclaim”) word group refers in the apostolic and subapostolic literature to the good news of salvation in Jesus, not to a written gospel (see DPL, Gospel). It is not until Marcion and Justin Martyr that euangelion (“gospel, good news”) is used to refer to a written Gospel,
Key passages
Mk 1:14–15

And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God and saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the gospel!”

Lk 4:16–21

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and according to his custom he entered into the synagogue on the day of the Sabbath and stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll he found the place where it …

Ro 1:16–17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For the righteousness of God is revealed in it from faith to faith, just as it is written, “But the one who is righteous …

Ro 10:8–17

But what does it say? “The word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim), that if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes, …

1 Co 15:1–8

Now I make known to you, brothers, the gospel which I proclaimed to you, which you have also received, in which you also stand, by which you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the message I proclaimed to you, unless you believed to no purpose. …

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