Jesus Christ simply means ‘Savior’ in Christianity. It is revealed as Joshua in the Old Testament and it is given to the son of God because “He saves His people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21).
Christ is a very popular and highly ranked name in the world. He is seen as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He has been given several highly respectable and unique names.
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Origin of The Name Jesus Christ: Hebrew and Greek Origins?
According to reliable sources, the name ‘Jesus Christ is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua which was formerly(originally) Hoshea(Numbers 13:8, Numbers 13:16).
Prophet Moses amended the name to Jehoshua(Numbers 13:16, 1 Chronicles 7:27 ), or Joshua. After the exile of the Israelis to Babylon, it was assumed the form of Jeshua where we got the Greek name. It was given to him to show the subject of his mission to save humanity (Matthew 1:21).
The Importance of Jesus’ Title as Christ
The name has been been given to a lot of people before his arrival as the saviour of mankind. However, only Him is referred to as Christ. The word ‘Christ’ shows his unique identity and mission on earth.
The name Christ means ‘anointed’ according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary. The word ‘Anointed’ is the Greek word for the Hebrew name ‘Messiah’ which is termed as Jesus’ official title. This title is linked with Jesus 514 times in the New Testament.
A few examples can be traced in Acts 17:3, Acts 18:5, and Matthew 16:15-16. In the Old Testament; Psalm 22, Deuteronomy 18:15-18 and Genesis 3:15, a Messiah was prophesied.
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What Is The Origin Of The Name Jesus?
The name ‘Jesus’ is originated from the Latin word ‘Iesus’ from the Greek word ‘Iesous’ which is tried to render into Geek the Aramaic (Semitic) original name Jeshua(Hebrew Yeshua, Yoshua). During the Hellenizing Period, it was a common Jewish name.
What Is The Real Meaning Of Jesus?
The real meaning of the name Jesus is gotten from the Hebrew name Yeshua/Y’shua which is seen to be based on the Semitic root word y-š-ʕ (Hebrew: ישע), meaning “to deliver; to rescue.”