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(1)   A doctrine that is believed to be of great importance
"Newton's writings were gospel for those who followed"
(2)   The four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
(3)   An unquestionable truth
"His word was gospel"
(4)   The written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
(5)   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)


Old English godspel (corresponding to , i.e. "good tidings"), used to translate ecclesiastical Latin , itself a translation of ecclesiastical Latin / Ancient Greek , literally "good news". Cf. Old Norse and Icelandic .


  1. The first section of the Christian New Testament scripture, comprising the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concerned with the life, death, and teachings of Jesus.
  2. An account of the life, death, and teachings of Jesus, generally written during the first several centuries of the Common Era.
  3. A message expected to have positive reception or effect.
  4. the teaching of Divine grace as distinguished from the Law or Divine commandments
  5. gospel music