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Sherem accused Jacob of "preaching that which ye call the gospel, or the doctrine of Christ" (Jacob 7:6). According to Cleon Skousen, Sherem's use of the word, "gospel," is interesting. The original writings of Moses state that the "Gospel" was preached "from the beginning" (Moses 6:58); yet our present Old Testament does not mention the word "Gospel" even once. However, it is used frequently in the translation of the New Testament. The fact that Sherem was using a word in the fifth century B.C. which meant "Gospel" shows that it was a thoroughly familiar term in Old Testament times. The Book of Mormon uses it thirty times prior to the coming of Christ. The modern word "Gospel" comes from the Anglo-Saxon--godspel--which means "good tidings" of the God-story. The word in Greek is "euaggelion" and in Latin, "evangelium." It is from the Latin version of the word Gospel that our term evangelism comes. An evangelist is one who proclaims the good tidings of the Gospel, or the good news of the mission of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Sherem was right on target when he used the word "Gospel, or the doctrine of Christ" to describe what Jacob was teaching. [W. Cleon Skousen, Treasures from the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1, p. 1452]

Alan C. Miner -

Alan C. Miner

Step by Step Through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary