Jesus preached the gospel of God, declaring, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the gospel!” The Christians that heard this message would have understood the concept of gospel in relationship to Greco-Roman notions of an emperor’s ascension to the throne. Jonathan Pennington notes, “Undoubtedly Paul and the other early Christian missionaries were well aware that calling their message ‘gospel’ or ‘good news’ was not only something related to Judaism and…