A gospel is an account, often written, that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The most widely-known examples are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, the term is also used to refer to the apocryphal gospels, the non-canonical gospels, the Jewish gospels and the gnostic gospels. Christians may additionally use the term "gospel", otherwise known as the "good news", in reference to the general message of the biblical New Testament.
World religions differ in their treatment of documents classified as gospels. Christianity traditionally places a high value on the four canonical gospels, which it considers to be a revelation from God and central to its belief system. Christians teach that the four canonical gospels are an “accurate and authoritative” representation of the life of Jesus.
In Islam the Injil (Arabic: إنجيل) is the Arabic name for the original gospel of Jesus, and is one of the four Islamic holy books that the Qur'an records as having been revealed by God. Islam holds that over time it became corrupt and God sent the prophet Muhammad to reveal the last book.
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... According to Harnack, Marcion believed there could be only one true gospel, all others being fabrications by pro-Jewish elements, determined to sustain worship of Yahweh ... Furthermore, he believed that the true gospel was given directly to Paul by Christ himself, but was later corrupted by those same elements who also corrupted the Pauline epistles ... Marcion saw the attribution of this gospel to "Luke" as another fabrication ...
... Marcion's gospel as a revision of Luke's Church Fathers wrote, and the majority of modern scholars agree, that Marcion edited Luke to fit his own theology, Marcionism ... Marcion eliminated the first two chapters of Luke concerning the nativity, and began his gospel at Capernaum making modifications to the remainder suitable to Marcionism ... Marcion's gospel as pre-dating Luke's In 1881 Charles B ...
... The original gospel of Jesus is named the Injil (Arabic إنجيل ʾInǧīl) in the Qur'an ... God taught Jesus both the law and gospel ... Muslim scholars generally agree that Injil refers to the true gospel, bestowed upon Jesus by God ...
... The Gospel of Matthias was mentioned by Origen of Alexandria by Eusebius, who attributes it to heretics by Jerome, and in the Decretum Gelasianum which declares it apocryphal ... This lost gospel is probably the document whence Clement of Alexandria quoted several passages, saying that they were borrowed from the traditions of Matthias, Paradoseis ("Paradoxes ... These three writings the Gospel, the Traditions, and the apocryphal Discourses were reckoned as referring to a single work by Theodor Zahn, but Adolf von Harnack denied this ...
... The Gospel of the Seventy is a currently lost text from the New Testament apocrypha ... refers to the number of disciples sent by Jesus to preach, in Luke's Gospel ... The Manicheans appear to have referred to the Gospel of Mani by this title, and as such it may be the same text ...
Famous quotes containing the word gospel:
“The technologist was the final guise of the white missionary, industrialization the last gospel of a dying race and living standards a substitute for a purpose in living.”
—Max Frisch (19111991)
“peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war; new foes arise,
Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains:
Help us to save free conscience from the paw
Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw.”
—John Milton (16081674)
“This is the gospel of labour, ring it, ye bells of the kirk!
The Lord of Love came down from above, to live with the men who work.
This is the rose that He planted, here in the thorn-curst soil:
Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but the blessing of Earth is toil.”
—Henry Van Dyke (18521933)