40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 33
The Hebrew noun מָשִׁיחַ (Mashiach) is derived from the verb מָשַׁח (mashach) means ‘to anoint with oil,’ – usually for the purpose of consecrating someone for the service of God – this could be a priest, a king, or a prophet in the Old Testament.
The word מָשִׁיחַ (Mashiach) is translated as ‘Anointed One’ and occasionally as ‘Messiah.’ Its Greek equivalent is Χρiστoς (Christos) which means ‘Christ.’ After the exilic period, Israelites were anticipating for a political Messiah in order to redeem them from foreign powers.
But, Jesus the Messiah [ יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיהַ (Yeshua Hammashiach)] came as the eternal Christ to save and reconcile the fallen humanity with God.
Source: BDB, KAHAL, TDOT
Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.
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