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The English word tidings originated from an ancient word meaning things that have happened. If TV had existed in ancient times, CNN, for Cable News Network, might instead have been called CTN, for Cable Tidings Network, or, at the other extreme of how and what "news" is selectively reported to endorse a particular political agenda, Fox News might have been called Fox Tidings. "Tidings" is used to translate a number of original Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures, all of which generally mean news of events, whether good or bad.

"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy"

The most famous good tidings of Bible History was the coming of the Messiah. The news of His birth was announced by an angel:

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"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:8-11 KJV)

The good tidings of the coming of the Messiah was prophesied long before:

"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound" (Isaiah 61:1 KJV)

It was that verse in Isaiah that Jesus Christ used to identify Himself when He read (see Aliyya and Haftara) at Sabbath services one day. In this translation, gospel is used for tidings (gospel means good news).

"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up [see Nazarene]: and, as His custom was, He went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath Day [see Did Jesus Break The Law?], and stood up for to read."

"And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias [i.e. Esaias is the Greek form of Isaiah]. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives [see "I've Come To Take You Home"], and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

"And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the Synagogue were fastened on Him."

"And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the origin and meaning of the Biblical term "Hallelujah"?
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