DEFINITIONS OF NAMES
I love the definition of people's names in the Bible, it seems to give insight
to the person's character. Good example is Pontius Pilate Lk.3:1;
Pontius - means "belonging to the sea". He made his decision to crucify
Christ because the sea (society) forced him to. Mt.27:24;
Pilate - means "one armed with a dart". He is the one who had the final
decision over Jesus' death. Jn.19:10;
Herod - means "the glory of the skin/flesh", fits well since all Herods were
materially focused. Lk.3:19,20;
Saul - means "demanding one". Ac.8:3; Full of pride in his understanding of OT.
Paul - means "little. The demanding one humbles himself.
Simon - means "hearing". Peter - "little rock, stone"; Simon wasn't one for
listening so Jesus changed his name to Peter because he had rocks
in his ears. See article on Do You Love Jesus Jn.21:15-17;
See also Gospel of Ruth, Genealogies of Genesis, about name def.
BADLY TRANSLATED GREEK WORDS:
EKKLESIA - means "assembly" but we translate it as church, an English word
created to refer to a place of Christian worship. Not a true translation.
An assembly could happen anywhere, it is about people not location.
XRITOS - means "anoint" but we transliterate it as Christ. In the OT they anointed
three offices which Jesus holds, Prophet, Priest, King.
MESSIAH - means "anoint" but we transliterate from the Hebrew.
BAPTIDZW - means "immerse but we transliterate it as baptism..