Re: LUKE 2:11

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sun Nov 14 1999 - 10:06:27 EST

At 2:44 AM +0000 11/14/99, Eamonnn White wrote:
>Hi everybody,
>I have just completed an introductory course in NT Greek and realise that I
>have much to learn.
>In Luke 2:11 one finds hOS ESTIN CRISTOS KURIOS
>Is CRISTOS an adjective or a noun in this verse?

Although CRISTOS is normally an adjective meaning "anointed," it is surely
used here as a proper noun equivalent to Hebrew Mashiach, "Messiah." KURIOS
ought to be viewed as a noun in apposition to CRISTOS. Actually both are

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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