Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nagging questions

I still have a nagging question or two in my mind. Does Χριστός always refer to Jesus? (e.g. see Hebrews 11:26). What is its relationship to χρῖσμα (1 John 2:27)? What links it to שמן (oil) or משיח (anointed)? Is there a good book on this (besides the Bible)?

pause for reflection

Does Χριστός always refer to Jesus? The immediate answer is so obvious. Whenever the New Testament uses the body of Christ - not that frequently (Ephesians 4:12, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 12:27, Romans 7:4, 12:5), it does not refer to Jesus but to the believing community.

I am intrigued with these hits - they are unique to Paul.

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