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Mark and the Teaching of Jesus: An Examination of Λoγoσ: and Eaγγeλion

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There are innumerable sayings attributed to Jesus in the New Testament (NT), in the apocrypha and in other sources, patristic and non-Christian. This chapter examines two nouns from the standpoint of Mark's Gospel that seem to describe Jesus' proclamation. The nouns are λόγος and εύαγγέλιον. It is commonly thought they are capable of bearing the same meaning, namely "Christian teaching". The chapter looks at both of them in turn and explores that there has been a change in the meaning, introduced by the church, a revolution in vocabulary visible even within one Gospel. Among the many dictionary definitions of the word λόγος in the NT are "declaration", "speech", "the subject-matter", "revelation". There are 76 occurrences of εύαγγέλιον in the NT, most of which are to be found in the Pauline Epistles.

Keywords: Jesus; Mark's Gospel; New Testament; Pauline Epistles

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