Old Testament Background to the
Gospel

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What is the Old Testament background of the New Testament concept of the "gospel?"
Answer
When the New Testament speaks of the gospel, or the "good news," it's evoking imagery from the book of Isaiah, especially Isaiah 52:7, because in the context of that, God is promising to restore his people. And so he says how blessed is the one the feet of those who bring good news to Zion, good news of peace, announcing , "Your God reigns." So, in the New Testament we read about the good news of peace, we read about the good news of God's reign, God's kingdom, and what that evokes is the promise that God is going to restore his people and bring salvation.

Answer by Dr. Craig S. Keener

Dr. Craig Keener teaches New Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.