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Christ ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Ancient Greek: Χριστός{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, Christós, meaning "anointed") is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîaḥ) and the Syriac (M'shiha), the Messiah, and is used as a title for Jesus in the New Testament.<ref name=Zanzig33>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name=Espin231>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> In common usage, "Christ" is generally treated as synonymous with Jesus of Nazareth.<ref name=Espin231/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The followers of Jesus became known as Christians (as in Acts 11:26) because they believed Jesus to be the Christós (from Greek, "Messiah") prophesied in the Greek Old Testament,<ref name=Miriam /><ref name=mercer142>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> for example in the Confession of Peter.

Jesus came to be called "Jesus Christ", meaning "Jesus the Christós" (i.e. Jesus, the anointed; or "Jesus, the Messiah" by his followers) after his death and believed resurrection.<ref name=Miriam /><ref name="Britannica"></ref> Before, Jesus was usually referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth" or "Jesus son of Joseph".<ref name="Britannica"/> In the epistles of Paul the Apostle, the earliest texts of the New Testament,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Paul most often referred to Jesus as "Christ Jesus", or "Christ".<ref></ref> Christ was originally a title, yet later became part of the name "Jesus Christ", though it is still also used as a title, in the reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning "The Messiah Jesus".<ref name=Pannenberg/>

Jesus was not, and is not, accepted in Judaism as a Jewish Messiah, and the concept of a divine Christ was always rejected by Judaism as idolatry.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Religious Jewish people still await the Messiah's first coming and the Messianic prophecies of Jewish tradition to be accomplished. Religious Christians believe in the Second Coming of Christ, and they await the rest of Christian Messianic prophecy to be fulfilled.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Muslims accept Jesus as Isa al-Masih but not as divine or a Son of God, but still do believe he will come again.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The area of Christian theology called Christology is primarily concerned with the nature and person of Jesus Christ as recorded in the canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament.<ref name=Gerald3 >{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Christ sections
Intro  Etymology and origins  Background and New Testament references  Pre-existence, Incarnation and Nativity  Christ and salvation in Christianity  Symbols  See also  References  Further reading  

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