The Gospel Comes of Age
By the middle of the second century, Garroway shows, the original association of the word gospel with Paul had been lost. Gospel had come to refer to the preaching of Jesus, to Christian proclamation in general, and increasingly to narratives about Jesus known as Gospels. Garroway traces the origin of this last phenomenon from Mark through Marcion, demonstrating that Marcion was not, as it is often claimed, the first Christian to call a written narrative about Jesus a Gospel. Both the Didache and the letters of Ignatius use euangelion with reference to such a narrative, probably the written work known to us as the Gospel According to Matthew.