Euangelion - Ingrid Shih REL 1310-31 15 November 2010...

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Ingrid Shih REL 1310-31 15 November 2010 Euangelion 1. The word, “Euangelion” was used by the authors to show the arrival of “very good news”. In the Roman world, this referred to the birth of Caesar Augustus. 2. In the first reading of Aristophanes, Knights 641–655, it was used in the context of sacrificial festival which was held to celebrate the dropped prices of sardines. In Cicero’s letters to Atticus, Cicero told Atticus that Valerius was freed. Diodorus’s World History , Dionysius sacrificed something to the gods in a sacrificial festival in order to bring good tidings to the city. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus comes back home but in disguise. He brings good news to the people that Odysseus will return home. Josephus was proclaiming good news to listeners. Philo brought a message of good news. Mark 1:1 would be understood as a proclamation of good news 3. In these texts, euangelion isunderstood to be bringing good news. In the first one, Jesus Christ is bringing good news to the people. In Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah, acting through Jesus, is the bringer of
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