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"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, con
cerning the word of life -- the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it ...." I John 1:1-2 (RSV)

"After his resurrection the disciples saw the living Christ, whom they knew to have died, with the eyes of faith (oculata fide)." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, III, 55, 2 ad 1, as quoted in D. M. Stanley, Jesus in Gethsemane (New York, Paulist Press 1980).

Monday, February 16, 2015

Messiah Primer - History of the Idea

The Messiah (Hebr., "Ha-Mashiaḥ"; Aramaic, "Meshiḥa" = "anointed one") is the  title of  the ideal king of the Messianic age.   Check the the Jewish Encycloclopedia's online article at http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/10729-messiah#anchor4       
Temple Mount - Credit Wikipedia Commons 
It is an excellent primer on the history of this idea.  But for those who want a quick glance from a Jewish perspective  at the history of the idea of the Messiah right up to the present, this article from jewishvirtuallibrary.org is a great read: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/messiah.html