Gospel and Gospels. It is very likely derived from the Anglo-Saxon god good and spell to tell , and is generally treated as the exact equivalent of the Greek euaggelion eu well, aggello , I bear a message , and the Latin Evangelium, which has passed into French, German, Italian, and other modern languages. Its other important meanings will be set forth in the body of the present general article on the Gospels. I Titles of the Gospels.
Dating the gospels
Triablogue: Dating the Gospels
Is the Gospel of Thomas Legit? Take the best known, and one of the longest, of the Nag Hammadi documents: a collection of supposed sayings of Jesus known as the Gospel of Thomas. This is the book which, it has often been suggested, could and should be treated as at least equal, and quite possibly superior, to the canonical gospels as a historical source for Jesus himself. The version of Thomas we now have, like most of the Nag Hammadi material, is written in Coptic, a language spoken in Egypt at the time. But it has been demonstrated that Thomas is a translation from Syriac, a language quite like the Aramaic that Jesus must have spoken though he pretty certainly spoke Greek as well, just as many people in today's world speak English as a second language.
Dating the Bible
About the gospels there are today broadly two views. One takes them pretty much as they are before proceeding with matters of faith and discipleship. The other examines them closely, and takes nothing for granted, but maybe supplies from hard-headed imagination a scenario such as a procedure of agglutinative composition, or the struggles of an emergent community. There is the Christ of faith and there is the Jesus of history, and while, to believers of uncomplicated faith, the two are one, to sophisticates there is between them a gulf every bit as great as that between Dives and Lazarus in Jesus's parable. If the Christ of faith, resurrected and due to return as judge of the living and the dead, is unassailable because he is held to be so by faith, the Jesus of history can be investigated and, if you apply stringent tests of certitude, the process will usually yield further questions with - this side of Doomsday - not too many conclusive answers.
People want to know when were the gospels written and by whom? The Gospels were written by those whose names they bear, and they were written very early, before the end of the first century. Dating the gospels is very important. If it can be established that the gospels were written early, say before the year A. If they were written by the disciples, then their reliability, authenticity, and accuracy are better substantiated.