Gospel as news

Ευcombining comma aboveαγγελ- from Aristophanes to the apostle Paul

John P. Dickson

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Against the contentions of a number of NT scholars, the present article aims to demonstrate that the apostle Paul's gospel language never refers to ongoing Christian instruction and only ever connotes announcements which are news to those who hear them. This conclusion, which is maintained even in connection with Rom 1.15, a key text for the 'broad-ranging' view of ευcombining comma aboveαγγελ-, is shown to conform to the wholly consistent usage of gospel terminology throughout Graeco-Roman, Jewish and early Christian literature: 'gospel' is news.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-230
Number of pages19
JournalNew Testament Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Copyright 2005 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted from New Testament studies.

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