• WordNet 3.6
    • n gospel a doctrine that is believed to be of great importance "Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"
    • n Gospel the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
    • n gospel an unquestionable truth "his word was gospel"
    • n gospel the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
    • n gospel 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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gospel A selection from one of the gospels, for use in a religious service; as, the gospel for the day.
    • a Gospel Accordant with, or relating to, the gospel; evangelical; as, gospel righteousness.
    • Gospel Any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel .
    • Gospel Anything propounded or accepted as infallibly true; as, they took his words for gospel . "If any one thinks this expression hyperbolical, I shall only ask him to read Œdipus , instead of taking the traditional witticisms about Lee for gospel ."
    • Gospel 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.""The steadfast belief of the promises of the gospel .""Thus the literal sense [of gospel ] is the “narrative of God,” i. e., the life of Christ."
    • Gospel One of the four narratives of the life and death of Jesus Christ, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
    • v. t Gospel To instruct in the gospel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gospel (Glad tidings, especially the glad tidings that the Messiah expected by the Jews has appeared in the person of Christ.
    • n gospel The story of Christ's life, teachings, sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension; hence, one of the books in which that story was originally told: as, the Gospel of Matthew. The gospels are four in number—those of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Of these four, those of Matthew and John were written by apostles and eye-witnesses, that of Luke is avowedly gathered from others who were witnesses, and that of Mark has been from a very early age believed to be written by a disciple of the apostle Peter. The first three gospels are known as the synoptic gospels, because combined they present a general and harmonized view of Christ's life. The Johannine origin of the fourth has been much disputed. Matthew and Mark confine themselves chiefly to Christ's ministry in Galilee; Luke adds an account of his ministry in Perea; John alone records his ministry in Judea, except that portion of it connected with the Passion. There are also apocryphal gospels which are not regarded as genuine by any scholars, either Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Greek. The more important of these are : the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, an account of Mary's birth, youth, and espousals; the Pro-evangelion, a somewhat similar account; the Gospels I. and II. of the Infancy of Jesus Christ; and the Gospel of Nicodemus, also called the Acts of Pontius Pilate, being an account of the crucifixion of Christ and his experiences in Hades.
    • n gospel The doctrine and precepts inculcated by Christ and recorded in the original accounts of his life and teachings.
    • n gospel Hence Any doctrine, religious or secular, maintained as of great or exclusive importance.
    • n gospel A portion of Scripture taken from one of the four gospels, and appointed to be read in liturgical churches as a part of the church service. The gospel is the last and principal of the two or more eucharistic lections in all liturgies. In the Western churches the portions are selected with reference to their appropriateness to the day or season; in the Eastern they are read in consecutive order except on special festivals. In ancient times the gospel was read in the West, as in the East, from the ambo, sometimes from a distinct ambo of its own, later from a desk on an elevated place between nave and choir, called the “pulpit” (pulpitum), which developed, as it was made more and more lofty, into the rood-loft or jube. In later times it was read from a lectern on the floor of the sanctuary, or from the north side of the altar—that is, from that part of the front of the altar which is at the right hand of the altar crucifix, or of the priest, if he stands in the middle and faces the people. The north side is therefore called the gospel side of the altar, and in Latin this side, or, more strictly, the corner beyond it, is termed cornu Evangelii, the horn of the gospel, or gospel horn of the altar. In the Anglican Church the deacon, or person who acts as deacon, at the celebration of the holy communion, is called the gospeler, from his function of reading the gospel. The custom of delivering a book of the gospels to a deacon at his ordination originated in England, and afterward became a usage in the whole of the Western Church.
    • n gospel That which is infallibly true; absolute truth.
    • gospel Pertaining or relating to the gospel; accordant with the gospel; evangelical.
    • gospel To instruct in the gospel; fill with sentiments of piety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gospel gos′pel the Christian revelation: the narrative of the life of Christ, as related by Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John: the stated portion of these read at service: the teaching of Christ: a system of religious truth: absolute truth
    • v.t Gospel (Shak.) to instruct in the gospel
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  • St. Augustine
    “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
  • V. Raymond Edman
    V. Raymond Edman
    “Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.”
  • Donald Grey Barnhouse
    Donald Grey Barnhouse
    “Men may not read the gospel in sealskin, or the gospel in morocco, or the gospel in cloth covers, but they can't get away from the gospel in shoe leather.”
  • R. W. Dale
    R. W. Dale
    “The real truth is that while He came to preach the gospel, His chief object in coming was that there might be a gospel to preach.”
  • Vance Havner
    “If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.”
  • David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    “The glory of the gospel is that when the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gospel, godspel, AS. godspell,; god, God + spell, story, tale. See God, and Spell (v.)


In literature:

Never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
In this brief introduction to his Gospel John summarises its contents, and presents an abstract of the history he is about to relate in detail.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I" by Marcus Dods
These examples are typical of a world-wide response to the gospel never known before.
"The Call of the World" by W. E. Doughty
In this Gospel the death of Christ is viewed as the first step in His glorification.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
His gospel is the gospel of peace.
"Secret Power" by Dwight L. Moody
The gospel is what saves, and what I want now is that you may believe the gospel now.
"Wondrous Love" by Dwight Moody
He kept his promise, and thenceforth became a zealous preacher of the Gospel, converting many to the Faith.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
The great fundamental doctrine of the strict Unity of Jehovah was abundantly confirmed by the Gospel.
"The Essential Faith of the Universal Church" by Harriet Martineau
He was permitted to resume his work in 1543, and continued to preach the gospel with great zeal until his death in 1552.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
Another prolific source of apocryphal gospels, acts and apocalypses was Gnosticism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

My waking eyes prevent the day
To meditate thy word;
My soul with longing melts away
To hear thy gospel, Lord.
"Psalm 119 part 5" by Isaac Watts
Thy laws, O God, are right;
Thy throne shall ever stand;
And thy victorious gospel proves
A sceptre in thy hand.
"Psalm 45" by Isaac Watts
The dear Lord's best interpreters
Are humble human souls;
The Gospel of a life like hers
Is more than books or scrolls.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thereafter his hearers noted
In his prayers a tenderer strain,
And never the gospel of hatred
Burned on his lips again.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I cannot brook that men should say—
Nor this for gospel take—
That thou wilt hear me if I pray
Asking for Jesus' sake.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Once again the Gospel message
From the Savior you have heard;
Will you heed the invitation?
Will you turn and seek the Lord?
"Come Believing!" by Daniel Webster Moody

In news:

'Idol' threat to gospel flick.
The show will honor veterans and active military personnel, and will feature performances of patriotic, country and gospel music.
Terry Massey has faced a lot of storms since he began singing gospel music more than 50 years ago.
The Gospel of John is luminous.
For her latest album, soul and gospel star Mavis Staples enlisted the songwriting and producing talents of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
WYEP's Rosemary Welsch interviews legendary Soul and Gospel singer Mavis Staples.
Legendary gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples started out as a lead vocalist for The Staple Singers in the 1950's.
Legendary singer Mavis Staples made her fame as the lead vocalist for the gospel group The Staple Singers.
" Mennonites believe in the inherent dignity of the gospel, and they downplay all those parts of the New Testament where Jesus acts a little kooky," she points out.
Huge woofers pumped out Gospel-infused rock while lyrics flashed on video screens.
Bluegrass Gospel Music will be held at the Melody Theater in Leachville at 7 pm Thursday, Nov 15, at the Melody Theater.
About Me Nikki Strong got her start in radio doing the gospel show at Brown University's professional station WBRU.
The Gospel Is Mush The Book of Daniel 's saving grace: It will soon be gone.
The Soweto Gospel Choir performing at Carnegie Hall.
A Gospel Musical's namesake, the performers in this Art Forms and Theatre Concepts production are people of faith.

In science:

The Lindisfarne Gospels are presumed to be the work of a monk named Eadfrith, who became Bishop of Lindisfarne in year 698.
A procedure for the change point problem in parametric models based on phi-divergence test-statistics
In the 10th century an Old English translation of the Gospels was made for one or more scribes.
A procedure for the change point problem in parametric models based on phi-divergence test-statistics
Several statisticians have been devoted to studying the problem of the number of scribes who participated in the translation of the Gospels.
A procedure for the change point problem in parametric models based on phi-divergence test-statistics
In the framework of the model that is followed in the simulation study, the Lindisfarne Gospels are considered to be divided into K = 64 consecutive sections (see Ross (1950) for more details).
A procedure for the change point problem in parametric models based on phi-divergence test-statistics
The quoted words belong to Jesus and also appear in Luke and Mark’s gospels.
Theory of citing