Henze-the messiah concept


Matthias Henze in Mind the Gap has a thought-provoking discussion of how understanding the writings that emerged during the 400 year gap between Old and New Testaments affects such a foundational Christian concept as messiah.

Christ is the basis for the word Christian. Christians, most would agree, are those who believe Jesus was the–Greek– christos or–the Hebrew/Aramaic– masshiach. This means that Jesus is the “anointed one”. You may have heard preachers say that Jesus was the messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. I have probably said that myself.

But the Old Testament contains no straight-forward prediction of a coming messiah. Kings were said to be anointed of God, including the Persian king, Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1). Priests and prophets also were anointed ones. However, Henze says, “…there are no texts in the Old Testament that know of the concept of a messiah as an awaited agent of God, a…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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