Friday, May 23, 2008

Tongues of Fire Pastor Paul's Podcast-Episode #48-The Christian Way is the Way


This name for the followers of Christ occurs only 3 times in the New Testament: Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:16. The only definite information about its origin is the statement in the first of these passages, that 'the disciples were called Christians for the first time in Antioch'. The name does not seem to be used by Christians themselves until the middle of the 2nd century AD and even then it is used chiefly by apologists writing for pagan readers.

The Roman historian Tacitus says that it was used by the populace in Rome in the time of Nero (Annals, XV,44.3). In the important MS of the New Testament, the Codex Vaticanus, the spelling Chrestian(os) is found in all three passages, and the same spelling is common in early inscriptions. This points to a derivation, not from Christos, but from Chrestos, which is presumably the common Greek adj. chrestos, 'good', 'kindly', regarded as a proper name. (The ending -ianos, which is Latin rather than Greek in origin, does not seem to have been used except in formations from proper names;cf. in the New Testament itself Herodianoi, Mark 3:6 etc.)

The two names were at this time pronounced in almost the same way. Christians sometimes accepted this implied derivation without remark, but they can scarcely have invented it for themselves. It is therefore probable that the name was originally invented and used by non-christians.1

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1 'A Theological Word Book Of The Bible' Contributed by J. Y. Carpenter, M.A., Professor of New Testament, Westminster College, Cambridge

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