Re: Translating XRISTOS

From: Bruce Terry (
Date: Mon Sep 11 1995 - 12:20:47 EDT

On Mon, 11 Sep 95, Mark O'Brien wrote:

>Original message sent on Sun, Sep 10 6:35 PM by
> (David Moore) :
>> Although most dictionaries define "Christ" as "Messiah", in most
>> contexts and for most contemporary readers, "Christ" lacks the Old
>> Testament connotations that "Messiah" legitimately brings with it.
>> Part of this problem stems from "Christ" having come into English
>> from Greek as a transliterated word. The problem is that the
>> meaning which XRISTOS had for 1st-century readers of Greek is not
>> necessarily that which the word "Christ" has for us.
>You raise an interesting point. Don't we also run into the same sort of
>problems with a term like "baptism" as well?

And "deacon" and "bishop"! Dare I mention "church," "sin," "faith," and
"repentance," which although not from Greek roots, are sometimes misunderstood
by many readers?

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