Curious about “Kurios” and the implications of the Greek word’s use in the Bible…?

Two interesting videos unearthed by our Committee on Publication for Berkshire on Truth or Tradition, a website produced by Spirit & Truth Fellowship International, “an independent, nondenominational ministry that is not affiliated with any other religious denomination or group”.  These are recorded by John Schoenheit, a man who clearly knows his Greek and Hebrew!  In these 10-minute videos he explores:

(a) the theological implications of understanding the misunderstanding that is common about the relationship of Jesus and God because of the way that the Greek word “Kurios” – which means Lord – is translated in many different ways in English language Bibles.

and (b) the implications of the fact that Christ is a title applicable to Jesus, and not part of his name.

These points would appear to square with what Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:  “The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus.”  She adds, “Christ expresses God’s spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better signifies the Godlike.” (Science and Health, p:333)

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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3 Comments on “Curious about “Kurios” and the implications of the Greek word’s use in the Bible…?”

  1. Sandi
    July 21, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    What a breath of fresh air this man is!

  2. July 21, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    Interesting, telling and promising. Being a lord, (land-lord), myself and not a lord-ess.
    Can semantical progress be far from realization. I read and re-read the inspired definition of Christ given in the glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scripture by M. B. Eddy. That point squares with demonstration.

    Many paths to Truth, all secret and narrow ways for the rugged long, last mile, has a comforting sameness for all of us, so too the mortal speak and view turns us all like tired children to the divine manifistations of Life for our personel guide, the governing gaurding Principle.

  3. Kylie
    July 21, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    Very interesting – thank you.

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