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The word "Christian" very rarely used in the new testament to refer to those that trust/believe on Jesus.

Mostly they were simply called "believers".

When/where and by who coined the word "Christian"?

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Could you add references to where you found "Mostly they were simply called "believers"." As "believers" were also those in Judaism that did not believe Jesus to be the Messiah. From my understanding. –  The Freemason May 22 at 14:46
    
i think the original use of the word was meant to identify "partisans of Christ" as opposed to partisans of someone else. –  robert bristow-johnson May 23 at 3:12

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Actually, the word Christian is used three times in the New Testament. The first occasion answers your question (Acts 11:26c):

It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.

Regarding ''how'' they came to be called Christians, Wikipedia states:

Kenneth Samuel Wuest holds that all three original New Testament verses' usages reflect a derisive element in the term Christian to refer to followers of Christ who did not acknowledge the emperor of Rome. The city of Antioch, where someone gave them the name Christians, had a reputation for coming up with such nicknames

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Just beaten to it! +1 –  Andrew Leach May 22 at 7:12
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Good answer, but some of those verses cited in your "many times" link have absolutely no corresponding Greek word which can or should be translated as "Christian" (e.g., Rom. 16:16). –  H3br3wHamm3r81 May 22 at 7:17
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You're right. But new living translation is not a literal translation so they have substituted some words not used. If you use King James version which is literal you will want to look for the word 'Christianos'. Therefore you could say the word "Christian" only appears 3 times. –  Matt May 22 at 7:18
    
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@Matt Perhaps you could edit that into your question. Currently it makes a false assertion anyway. –  Andrew Leach May 22 at 7:25

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