I believe my life as a blogger will resume on Saturday. Until then, here's more starter material to help me get stuff going...
1. gospel in Mark/Jesus--good news of the kingdom's arrival, background in Isaiah 52.
2. gospel in Paul--the enthronement of Jesus as cosmic king, background in Roman world (Res gestae divi Augusti)
3. Gospel as genre--begins with Mark, becomes genre in early Christianity, although originally bioi and apologetic history
4. gospel is not "plan of salvation" (cf. Wright)