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