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The record of Christ's life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament; each of these books. The four Gospels ascribed to St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke, and St John all give an account of the ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ, though the Gospel of John differs greatly from the other three. There are also several apocryphal gospels of later date.

The word comes from Old English gōdspel ‘good news’, translating ecclesiastical Latin bona annuntiatio used to gloss evangelium, from Greek euangelion ‘good news’; after the vowel was shortened in Old English, the first syllable was mistaken for god ‘God’.

Gospel side in a church, the north side of the altar, at which the Gospel is read, opposite to the Epistle side.

gospel truth what is absolutely true (the related take something for gospel is also found).

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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