Did You Know? Jesus Christ

This week on "Did You Know?" - Jesus Christ

Some might confuse "Christ" to be Jesus's family name.

The term Christ appears in English and most European languages, owing to the Greek usage of Christos in the New Testament as a description for Jesus.

However, did you know that Christ is the English term for the Greek word Χριστός (Christós), which literally means "The Anointed One."
The Hebrew word for Christ is מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ, usually wrongly transliterated Messiah).

In the bible is it prophesized that the "Anointed One" would be some sort of savior (one would have to write many volumes to make my simple "some sort", some justice). "Christians" as the followers of Jesus are known, are called so because they believe that Jesus was the "Anointed One".

Some Etymology
Wikipedia notes that "the spelling Christ in English dates from the 17th century, when, in the spirit of the Enlightenment, spellings of certain words were changed to fit their Greek or Latin origins.
Prior to this, in Old and Middle English, the word was spelled Crist, the i being pronounced either as /iː/, preserved in the names of churches such as St Katherine Cree, or as a short /ɪ/, preserved in the modern pronunciation of Christmas."

Final Thought
The anointment of Kings (be it King David or King Solomon) or for that matter whenever "The Anointed One" is spoken about in the bible it is always done with Olive Oil.

So, if you are Christian, some sort of a Messianic believer or just been scared to death - THINK OLIVE OIL!

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The word "eleos" as used in the bible (and even in Modern Greek)is translated mercy. But "eleos" is related phonetically also to the word for olive oil. In the Orthodox church, the sense of this word, mercy, is not just the kind of connotation it has in English due to this connection. Olive oil was the base for medicines, especially all balms for healing. So praying for mercy, eleos, is understood as praying for healing whatever ails.

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