Re: Christian

From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Sun May 23 1999 - 16:12:39 EDT

Jim West wrote:

> At 02:49 PM 5/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >Denny Diehl here with a question:
> >
> > "the disciples were first called Christians
> > in Antioch" -Ac 11:26
> >
> >What is a good definition of "Christian"? I've heard
> >Christ-like. But in the case of those who were called
> >"Herodians", that would not mean Herod-like, would it?
> In fact the term was intentionally derisive- an insult- as it is a
> diminutive of "christos". Specifically speaking, it means "little Christ"-
> and was intended by its coiners to make fun of the followers of Jesus who
> were "little Christ's" all around Antioch.

A term of derision, yes. "Little christs", no. More like "smelly ones" based on the
association of the odor of the oil thought to be used in the process by which those
"of the 'anointed' became so.



Jeffrey B. Gibson
7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
Chicago, Illinois 60626

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