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evangelist (Ĭvăn´jəlĬst) [Gr.,=Gospel], title given to saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors of the four Gospels. The four evangelists are often symbolized respectively by a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, on the basis of Rev. 4.6–10. In modern times the term is applied to Protestant clergy and religious leaders who preach personal conversion, especially those who travel extensively to do so. The greatest effort of evangelism was undoubtedly the Great Awakening. Methodism is essentially evangelical in its origins; John Wesley and George Whitefield were the great Methodist evangelists. George Fox, founder of the Quakers (see Friends, Religious Society of), was also an evangelist. Dwight Moody was a prominent 19th-century American evangelist. Billy Graham is a notable modern example. See also camp meeting; revival, religious.

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e·van·ge·list / iˈvanjəlist/ • n. 1. a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, esp. by public preaching. ∎  a layperson engaged in Christian missionary work. ∎  a zealous advocate of something: he is an evangelist of junk bonds. 2. the writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John): St. John the Evangelist. DERIVATIVES: e·van·ge·lis·tic / iˌvanjəˈlistik/ adj.

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Evangelist.
1. In the New Testament (e.g. Ephesians 4. 11), an itinerant missionary.

2. Any of the authors of the four canonical gospels: Sts Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This usage dates from the 3rd cent. The four evangelists are traditionally symbolized by a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, respectively, on the basis of Ezekiel 10. 14 and Revelation 4. 6–10. The four signs are known as (Gk.) tetramorphs.

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evangelist Person who preaches the gospel, announcing the good news of redemption through Jesus Christ and the hope of everlasting life. The word also applies by extension to the authors of the four gospels of the New Testament: Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

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Evangelist the writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John); St John is also known as St John the Evangelist.

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