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Although the tag "Messiah" here itself says that it means "anointed one", What does "Messiah" literally mean in the bible and where does its definition occur in the Bible?

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closed as not a real question by Jon Ericson, wax eagle Jun 17 '13 at 18:25

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Do you want the word definition or the scope of the role/title as understood by Christianity? – Caleb Jun 17 '13 at 17:07
You're going to have to be a heck of alot more specific. Messiah is a technical term that means different things in different contexts. So this question is a bit like asking what "good morning" means. – Jon Ericson Jun 17 '13 at 18:02
@JonEricson I gave the context, the context is the Bible. – JesusBoughtIslam Jun 18 '13 at 7:11
You might consider asking about this passage: "And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him." (Mark 8:27-30 ESV) – Jon Ericson Jun 18 '13 at 17:04
But the theme and meaning of Messiah is same throughout the bible? – JesusBoughtIslam Jun 18 '13 at 17:05
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Psa 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Strongs anointed messiah





From H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah: - anointed, Messiah.

The Word messiah is only used a couple of times in the King James version of the Old Testament both are in daniel. The word for messiah however is the same as the word anointed and many people are called anointed. The office of Prophet, Priest and King were anointed.

Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Strongs Christ





From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: - Christ.

You can see that in the New Testament the word Christ is synonymous with messiah, anointed and Jesus Himself.

Finally in case you are unsure what to anoint means:

Strongs anoint





Probably akin to G5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, that is, (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service: - anoint

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The Hebrew form of the word does, in fact, literally mean "anointed one". It was used in reference to those that were ceremonially anointed for special purpose. David was anointed to be king.

However, there is a distinct difference between an anointed one and the anointed one. The Old Testament predicted the coming of a specific anointed one in many places. In other places, it speaks of one to come, but does not specifically refer to Him as the anointed one. However, the New Testament clearly reveals that all of these prophecies come together in the eternal Person of Jesus Christ. The prophecies foretold that this Messiah would be God, who exists eternally (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7).

In the same way that there is a distinction between a son or daughter of God and the Son of God. While men and women may become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, Jesus Himself is the Son of God in a wholly unique manner. He existed in eternity past as God the Son and only received the name Jesus when He entered into His own creation as a Man, born of the virgin Mary. (God the Father is spirit and, as such, could not have any physical relationship with her.) Jesus' Sonship is eternal and spiritual--not temporal and physical. It is not biological either, but a description of how the Father and Son relate. The Father sends the Son, and the Son sends the Spirit.

Christ is the transliteration of the Greek word for Messiah, so Christ and Messiah are exactly the same thing.

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-1:Why the distraction from the main answer to this question , most of what you have answered was not asked , what was asked (where is "anointed") was not answered. – JesusBoughtIslam Jun 17 '13 at 17:22
@NotMyWill-butGodsWillBedone The simple answer is easily found on wikipedia or a simple online search. This gives context to the answer. – Narnian Jun 17 '13 at 17:27
@NotMyWill-butGodsWillBedone: You did ask on Christianity. It shouldn't surprise you to get the Christian answer. If you asked a related question on one of the other religion sites, I'm sure you'd get a different answer. (By the way, you answered your own question in the question. Were you just looking for references?) – Jon Ericson Jun 17 '13 at 17:57

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