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gospel
used in Change of Heart by Picoult

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1  —1 use as in:
gospel of the Bible
Definition
the religious teachings of Jesus

or:

one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings
  • And the author of the Gospel of John never mentions his own name...
gospel = one of the four books in the New Testament that Christians believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life
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  • I hadn't read from the Gospel of Thomas, either.
  • A smile blossomed across Shay's face, and I remembered, at that moment, that gospel is another word for good news.
  • There's also evidence in the gospels that Jesus appeared in different forms to different people," Fletcher said.
  • "I can quote the Gospel of John forward and backward," he said, "and that's not in there."
  • I never said it was from the Gospel of John.
  • I said it was from a gospel.
  • The Gospel of Luke was allegedly written by a doctor.
  • And the author of the Gospel of John never mentions his own name .... but it was the latest of the four synoptic gospels to be written, roughly around A.D. 100.
  • Gospel means good news.
  • The others made their way to religious scholars, who dated them to have been written around A.D. 140, about thirty years after the New Testament—and deciphered them to find the names of gospels not found in the Bible, full of sayings that were in the New Testament... and many that weren't.
  • They came to be known as the Gnostic gospels, and even today, they are given short shrift by the Church.
  • In seminary, we learned about the Gnostic gospels.
  • Whatever the excuse, that night when I cracked open Joel Bloom's book, it was as if I'd never seen the words before, and although I planned to only read the foreword by the scholar who'd compiled the texts—a man named Ian Fletcher—I found myself devouring the pages as if it were the latest Stephen King novel and not a collection of ancient gospels.
  • The book had been earmarked to the Gospel of Thomas.
  • The rest of the "gospel" was not a narrative of Jesus's life, like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but a collection of quotes by Jesus, all beginning with the words Jesus said.
  • If you asked a dozen people on the street if they'd ever heard of the Gnostic gospels, eleven would look at you as if you were crazy.
  • How, then, could Shay Bourne have memorized the Gospel of Thomas?
  • His message had been recorded in the Bible, and above all else, when Shay spoke, he did not sound like Jesus in any of the four gospels.
  • A gospel that hadn't made it into the Bible but was equally as ancient.
  • A gospel that espoused the beliefs of at least some people during the birth of Christianity.
  • A gospel that Shay Bourne had quoted to me.
  • What if the gospels that had been dismissed and debunked were the real ones, and the ones that had been picked for the New Testament were the embellished versions?
  • Where did you find the Gospel of Thomas?
  • But when I'd mentioned the Gospel of Thomas, I hadn't seen even the slightest flicker of recognition in Shay's eyes, and he'd been drugged—it would have been awfully hard to keep dissembling.
  • Shay Bourne has said things, verbatim, that I read last night in the Gospel of Thomas.
  • It's not like the Gideons leave the Gospel of Thomas in hotel rooms," Rabbi Bloom said.
  • It's from the Gospel of Thomas.
  • They came from a gospel I was reading last night.
  • It was one of Jesus's sayings in the Gospel of Thomas; it was one of the first things Shay Bourne had ever told me, when he was explaining why he needed to donate his heart.
  • What one person sees as a prisoner's babble, another might recognize as words from a long-lost gospel.
  • If the Gospel of Thomas was right, however, and we were more like God than unlike Him, then having children should have been mandatory for everyone.
  • The confidentiality relationship between a parishioner and a priest was as inviolable as the one between a patient and his doctor, but was telling Fletcher what Shay had said breaking a trust if the same words were already in a gospel that had been written two thousand years ago?
  • "And what better place to learn more about the Gnostic gospels," Fletcher said.
  • In my circles, we call them noncanonical gospels.
  • He condemned the groups that swore by only one gospel—like the Ebionites, who were attached to Matthew; or the Marcionites, who studied only Luke.
  • Instead, Irenaeus decided that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should be the four cornerstone gospels of what to believe—
  • The gospels aren't the word of God.
  • Some gospels get picked, others get hidden away underground for thousands of years.
  • Shay's supporters would sing gospel to drown out the chants of the disbelievers ("Jesus lives!
  • Then again, if the Gospel of Thomas was to be believed, no matter how much time and space Shay put between us, we were never really separate: mankind and divinity were flip sides of the same coin.
  • Maggie, he's been quoting a gospel that was written two hundred years after Christ's death—a gospel that most people don't even know exists.
  • Maggie, he's been quoting a gospel that was written two hundred years after Christ's death—a gospel that most people don't even know exists.
  • This old gospel," she said.
  • It's from the Gospel of Thomas.
  • Aren't all gospels somewhere in the Bible?
  • Shay Bourne is practicing a religion you can't name, and quoting from a gospel that's not in the Bible .... and yet somehow his desire to be an organ donor is grounded in the concept of religious salvation?
  • In 1945, a discovery was made in Egypt: fifty-two texts that were labeled gospels—and that weren't part of the Bible.
  • They were scientifically dated from the second century, roughly thirty to eighty years younger than the gospels in the New Testament.
  • "They had their own gospels," Fletcher corrected.
  • The Gnostic Christians preferred texts like the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Truth, and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
  • The Gnostic Christians preferred texts like the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Truth, and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
  • The Gnostic Christians preferred texts like the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Truth, and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
  • Did those gospels talk about Jesus, too?
  • But the Gospel of Thomas—my personal favorite from Nag Hammadi—says Jesus is a guide to help you figure out all you have in common with God.
  • They called their gospels heresy, and the Nag Hammadi texts were hidden for two thousand years.
  • Father Wright said that Shay Bourne quoted from the Gospel of Thomas.
  • Actually, there's a recently discovered Gnostic gospel—the Gospel of Judas—and there's very little in there about betrayal.
  • Actually, there's a recently discovered Gnostic gospel—the Gospel of Judas—and there's very little in there about betrayal.
  • In fact, this gospel paints Judas as Jesus's confidant— the only one he trusted to make what needed to happen, happen.
  • Or could all of these changes in Shay—from his dominant hand to his miracles to his ability to quote the Gospel of Thomas—have come from some .... possession?
  • Did it really matter whether you believed that Jesus spoke the words in the Bible or the words in the Gospel of Thomas?
  • I'd read from the Bible, and from the Gospel of Thomas, and from Sports Illustrated.
  • I had created my own gospel, the good news about Shay Bourne, and spoke it from the heart to the few people who'd been present: Grace, Maggie, Alma the nurse.
  • The Gospel of Thomas, first published 1977.

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