Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 24: Messiah (Part 2)

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Athough the concept of Messiah is importance both in Judaism and Christianity, the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (maSHIaḥ, messiah) was not often used in Jesus’ day. Jesus and his contemporaries rarely spoke of the Messiah by that name, but preferred to use other more oblique terms. In the New Testament, maSHIaḥ almost always appears in its Greek translation: χριστός (christos, anointed with oil; Christ). The Greek transliteration μεσσίας (messias) appears only twice, in John 1:41 and 4:25.

Revised: 2-Oct-2015

Hebrew NuggetsAlthough the concept of “messiah” is important both in Judaism and Christianity, the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (ma·SHI·a, messiah) was not often used in Jesus’ day. Jesus and his contemporaries rarely spoke of the messiah by that name, but preferred to use other more oblique terms.

In the New Testament, ma·SHI·a almost always appears in its Greek translation: χριστός (christos, “anointed with oil”; “Christ”). The Greek transliteration μεσσίας (messias) appears only twice, in John 1:41 and 4:25.

Many Christians seem to think that “Christ” was Jesus’ surname, while non-Christians often use it as a swearword. “Christ” is an English transliteration of a Greek translation of a Hebrew word, a good example of the influence of Greek language and culture on our culture. “Christ” also is an example of the Church’s loss of its Hebraic and Jewish roots.

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