What does "Christ" mean?

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  1. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    Pretty straightforward question.
     
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  3. soulstar Registered Senior Member

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    Check in the bible- son of God, son of man, the saviour, the messiah, etc
     
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  5. TheVisitor The Journey is the Reward Registered Senior Member

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    The Anointed One.
     
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  7. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    That's what you say when you get a paper cut or stub your toe on something.
     
  8. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

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    Christ is Murphy's former surname.
     
  9. theobserver is a simple guy... Registered Senior Member

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    exactly.

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    Since God is what we use when we are having sex or surprised, don't think Christ has some better use.
     
  10. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Christos is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Mashiach (now customarily rendered in English as "Messiah"), which means "one who is anointed." The implication is of a Jewish religious ceremony in which the subject is being anointed with holy oil.

    We could say that Jesus was the man's name (a Latin transcription of Hebrew Yehoshuah, a name now customarily rendered as "Joshua"), whereas "Christ," the Anointed One, is his honorific title.
     
  11. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    Christ is the holy one.
     
  12. superstring01 Moderator

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    The evolution of the old Jewish name "Joshuah" (Yshwh, Yeshuah, Yihishewah) is interesting. It's amusing to watch the face of people who "revere" the name Jesus (and get subsequently offended at the thought of naming their kids "Jesus") when they find out Jesus's real first name was "Joshuah".

    More to the point, few people in those days would have called him by that name. The first name by old Judaic tradition was rarely used (perhaps, as with every culture I've personally come to know, parents screamed them all at a child who was misbehaving). This is common, amongst others, in modern Latin heritage cultures. My best friend in Spain, for example is named: Jesús Pascual López González (I've chosen two fake "last names" for the sake of privacy, white his first names remain unchanged). "Jesus", in this case, is merely a supplementary given name while "Pascual" is his common given name which he goes by. The "second to last name" being the surname that was passed on in perpetuity while the "last last name" was the mother's surname.

    In the case of Jesus his "common given name" was Imanuel (or Emanuel: Yeshuah Imanuel ben Yusuf) and he most likely went by the diminutive "Mani" (stress on the "i", in Spanish it would look like: "Maní"). Like us, the Jews shortened common names to make them more familiar, affectionate and easy to use amongst intimates.

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  13. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    And what is holy oil?
     
  14. EdgeHead Registered Member

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    Christ is the adult version of Santa. Just my opinion.
     
  15. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Hey, I'm no expert on ancient Jewish rituals. I assume it's something like holy water in Catholic rituals. Indistinguishable from ordinary water (or oil) except for having undergone some sort of religious ceremony.
    "Santa Claus" is a corruption of "Saint Nicholas." In colloquial British English that comes out "Sin-nuh-klus," the way St. John is pronounced "Sinjun" and St. Audrey became "tawdry," the word for cheap trinkets that were sold at the fairs held on her saint's day.
     
  16. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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  17. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Christ is the English term for the Greek Χριστός (Khristós) meaning "the anointed", which is a title given to the Reigning Messiah. In the 3rd- to 1st-centuries BC, the Tanakh (what Christians would in later centuries come to call the Old Testament) was translated into a Greek version called the Septuagint, in which Khristós was used to translate the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ,) (Messiah), meaning "[one who is] anointed, typically with holy anointing oil."

    A central doctrine of Nicene Christianity is that God took human form in the body of Jesus, the Christ. Therefore, Christ was both fully human and fully God at the same time. Followers of Jesus became known as Christians because they believed that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah).

    The area of Christian theology focusing on the nature of Jesus as the Christ, particularly with how the divine and human are related in his person, is known as Christology.

    And another "myth" was born.
     
  18. CheskiChips Banned Banned

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    It's a pure oil that contains certain incense and spices that is used. They can be found in the Talmud, their reasons are also listed there. I've never studied this section. Though it's not as much a blessing on the oil that matter, if it matters at all for the explicit authenticity of the oil.
     
  19. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    TEN POINTS FOR YOU!

    And what, for 25 more points, is Christ ("The Anointed One") anointed with exactly?

    WHAT EXACTLY IS IN THE HOLY ANOINTING OIL?
     
  20. Spectrum Registered Senior Member

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    Perhaps it is an abbreviation of Christopher.
     
  21. Xylene Valued Senior Member

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    In the (very) old days, to be 'christed' meant to be annointed.
     
  22. Cyberbunny Registered Member

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    Enlightened consciousness
     
  23. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    Anointing Oil
    22 Then the LORD said to Moses, 23 "Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels [k] of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin [l] of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. 26 Then use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
    -Exodus 30
     

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