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July 2, 2012

The Gospel and its Proclamation (part XVI)

Filed under: Proclaiming the gospel,The Gospel — barrynewman @ 11:14 pm

Instances of “euaggelizomai” in general

              In the Gospels

Jesus at his birth is the subject of the good news of great joy brought by an angel of the Lord to shepherds (Luke 2: 10). Jesus proclaims the great news.  He proclaims the great news of the kingdom of God (Luke 4: 43; 8: 1) and he declares that from the time of John the great news of the kingdom of God is being proclaimed (Luke 16: 16).  He preaches good news to the poor (Matt 11: 5; Luke 4: 18; 7: 22). He declares that he must proclaim the great news to towns other than Capernaum (Luke 4: 43) and he preaches the good news in the temple (Luke 20: 1). His disciples proclaimed the great news (Luke 9: 6).

Zechariah is informed by an angel of the Lord of the good news of the coming birth of John, the “immerser” to be (Luke 1: 19), and of John himself it is written that having spoken of the coming Messiah and his judgement “with many other exhortations he preached great news to the people” (Luke 3: 18).  Given how closely this latter text of proclamation follows upon the reference to that judgement to be carried out by Jesus, it is difficult to simply translate “euaggelizomai” as proclaiming “good” news.  The news is actually awesome.  Perhaps translations should simply refer to “preaching” or similar.

It is of some interest to note that when Jesus instructs the disciples of John to tell him that good news is preached to the poor, it literally reads, “the poor are proclaimed/preached/announced” (Matt 11: 5, Luke 7: 22).

              In Acts

Understandably, the word “euaggelizomai” occurs a number of times in the Acts of the Apostles.

The apostles proclaim Jesus the Christ (5: 42). Peter and John preach the great news to many Samaritan villages (8: 25). Peter speaks of the proclaiming of the great news of peace by Jesus Christ (10: 36). Those who were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria preach the word (8:4).  Some who were scattered preach the Lord Jesus to some Greeks (11: 20). Philip preaches the good news of the kingdom of God (8: 12), proclaims the great news about Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch (8: 35) and preaches the good news in many towns (8: 40).  Paul proclaims the great news to the Jews at Antioch concerning what God had promised (13: 32) and later both he and Barnabas proclaim the word of the Lord at that same city (15: 35). Paul and Barnabas proclaim the great news at Iconium (14: 7), Lystra (14: 15) and Derbe (14: 21).  Paul recognises that God had called his group to proclaim the great news to the Macedonians (16: 10) and at Athens proclaims Jesus and the resurrection (17: 18).

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