Paul: Proprietor of the Gospel

  • Joshua D. Garroway


Drawing heavily on the pioneering work of Steve Mason, Garroway upends previous scholarship regarding the origin of the term euangelion, or gospel, in the early Jesus movement by proposing that Paul himself coined the term to describe his unique interpretation of Christ’s death and resurrection. As Garroway demonstrates, Paul gives every indication that he thinks the gospel belongs to him alone. Paul strikes an unmistakably proprietary tone when speaking about the gospel in all his epistles, while in his epistle to the Galatians he emphasizes that he received the gospel straight from the risen Christ. Garroway shows that even in 1 Corinthians 15:1–3, the passage so often understood to say that Paul received the gospel from his apostolic predecessors, Paul styles himself the sole proprietor of the gospel.

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  • Joshua D. Garroway
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  1. 1.Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of ReligionLos AngelesUSA

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