One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic The Christian gospel.
- ‘It also follows that Evangelicals believe the gospel - the evangel - the good news of God's mercy for sinners.’
- 1.1 Any of the four Gospels.
- ‘And I have chosen you to preach this evangel, Mr. Beale.’
2North American term for evangelist
- ‘Jesus was countercultural in his treatment of women, else he wouldn't have allowed women to be the first evangels of the good news of his resurrection, perhaps the first instance of women preaching in church history.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘gospel’): from Old French evangile, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek euangelion ‘good news’, from euangelos ‘bringing good news’, from eu- ‘well’ + angelein ‘announce’.
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