Definition of Protevangelium in English:

Protevangelium

(also Protevangelion, Protoevangelion, Protoevangelium)

noun

Christian Church
  • 1An apocryphal gospel attributed to St James the Less.

  • 2The promise concerning the seed of the woman implied in the curse upon the serpent (Genesis 3:15), regarded as the earliest intimation of the gospel.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Peter Heylyn (1599–1662), Church of England clergyman and historian. From post-classical Latin Protevangelium an apocryphal gospel attributed to St James the Less, the promise in Genesis 3:15 from proto- + evangelium.

Pronunciation

Protevangelium

/ˌprəʊtˌiːvanˈdʒɛliəm/