Pre-Christian Usage of Euangelion

Pre-Christian Usage of Euangelion May 20, 2011

I just came across this convenient list of primary source quotes about pre-Christian usage of euangelion and euangelia by Glen Davies. I’ve seen the references in the TDNT article but never looked them up. But it is quite interesting to see them set out. For example there is Plutarch’s Moralia 374d which says:

“Why, as we are told, the Spartans merely sent meat from the public commons to the man who brought glad tidings [εὐαγγέλιον] of the victory in Mantineia which Thucydides describes! And indeed the compilers of histories are, as it were, reporters of great exploits who are gifted with the faculty of felicitous speech, and achieve success in their writing through the beauty and force of their narration; and to them those who first encountered and recorded the events [εὐαγγέλιον] are indebted for a pleasing retelling of them.”

Note that euangelion here is associated with news of victory and the recording of an event that brought the victory – sound familiar?

"It’s reasonable. It’s how ideas evolve. But since they were explaining faith and not facts ..."

Is the Gospel of John a ..."
"Bart Ehrman covers this in his book Forged. Forgery of the gospels is common. Forgery ..."

Is the Gospel of John a ..."
"While it is still debated on the history of Jesus, Buddhist who know the teachings ..."

Is the Gospel of John a ..."
"Discipleship was not a Christian invention. In those days, when a guru died, it was ..."

Is the Gospel of John a ..."

Browse Our Archives



TRENDING AT PATHEOS Evangelical
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Thedutoit

    Not to be pedantic, but is it fair to cite Plutarch as pre-Christian, since he likely only wrote after the death of Paul?

  • Thedutoit

    Not to be pedantic, but is it fair to cite Plutarch as pre-Christian, since he likely only wrote after the death of Paul?

  • Helpful list. Thanks.

  • Helpful list. Thanks.