The Gospels

The first four books of the New Testament are known as ‘gospels’ or ‘good news.’ The word ‘gospel’ calls for an explanation. It comes from an old English word ‘godspell.’ It is a combination of two words: ‘good,’ and ‘spell.’ Godspell means ‘good news’ which is the translation of the Greek word euangellion, meaning ‘good news.’ Euangellion was the original word used for the gospels by four different authors who wrote the gospels. These authors are known as evangelists. They are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Mark wrote around the year 64 CE, Matthew and Luke 67 CE, and John 95 – 100 CE. Thus, these books are called gospels because they are focused on the events centred on the life and message of Jesus Christ which was seen as good news for the world in so far as they are intended for holistic flourishing of people as God’s children.

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