The four gospels • The Gospels
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Gospels
The Gospelsthe first four books of the nt are called the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, respectively, and, by extension, other books that were probably written in emulation of these writings are sometimes called “Gospels” as well. The term derives from the Greek word euangelion, which means
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gospels, the Four
GOSPELS, THE FOUR. The first four books of the NT canon, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are called Gospels because they are the written record of the early preaching of the good news concerning Christ. They constitute a distinctive type of literature. They are not wholly biography, for they do not attempt
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GOSPELS. The plural form ‘Gospels’ (Gk. euangelia) would not have been understood in the apostolic age, nor yet for two generations following; it is of the essence of the apostolic witness that there is only one true euangelion; whoever proclaims another, says Paul, is anathema (Gal. 1:8f.). The four
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
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
Gospels. †A genre of literature, peculiar to Christianity, about the life of Jesus Christ. The term is specifically used to refer to the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.“Gospel” is derived from AS god-spell “good news,” which accurately translates Gk. euangélion. Mark
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Gospels (Historical Reliability)
Gospels (historical reliability)Different scholars come to widely divergent conclusions when they assess the historical reliability of the Gospels. About the only point on which virtually all are agreed is that the Gospels were written primarily for theological rather than historical purposes. In other
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Section 1: The Gospels
1. The GospelsNone of the four accounts of Jesus’ ministry originally identified itself as a Gospel (euangelion). However, there is good reason to concur with M. Hengel (1985, 64–84) in his judgment that (with “a considerable degree of probability”) the titles of the Gospels can be traced back to the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gos´pels. The name Gospel (from god and spell, Ang. Sax. good message or news, which is a translation of the Greek evaggelion) is applied to the four inspired histories of the life and teaching of Christ contained in the New Testament, of which separate accounts are given in their place. They were all
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Gospels, the Four
GOSPELS, THE FOUR. The term gospel stems directly from the Anglo-Saxon godspel, meaning “god-message.” Ultimately, however, the earlier form of the expression went back to god-spel, signifying “a good message,” a phrase apparently invented to reflect exactly the Gk. euaggelion. The gospels find no parallel
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
GospelsThe central fact of Christian preaching was the intelligence that the Saviour had come into the world (Matt. 4:23; Rom. 10:15); and the first Christian preachers who called their account of the person and mission of Christ by the term evangelion (= good message) were called evangelistai (= evangelists)
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GOSPELS — the four accounts at the beginning of the New Testament about the saving work of God in His Son Jesus Christ. The writers of the four gospels introduced a new literary category into literature. The gospels are not true biographies, because apart from certain events surrounding His birth (Matt.
A Catholic Dictionary
gospel (liturgical use of). The practice of reading the gospels in the Christian assemblies is mentioned by Justin Martyr, and prescribed in all the liturgies. The First Council of Orange, in 441, and that of Valentia in Spain, order the Gospel to be read after the Epistle and before the offertory, in