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what exactly does the word Messiah mean?

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When the Bible says that Jesus is the Messiah what does it mean?
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The English word “Christ” comes from the Greek Khri·stos′, the equivalent of the Hebrew Ma·shi′ach (Messiah). Both words literally mean “Anointed One.” This term was properly applied to others before Jesus. For example, Moses, Aaron, and King David were all said to be anointed, meaning that they were appointed to God-given positions of responsibility and authority. (Leviticus 4:3; 8:12; 2 Samuel 22:51; Hebrews 11:24-26) Jesus, the foretold Messiah, was the preeminent representative of Jehovah. Hence, Jesus appropriately received the designation “Christ, the Son of the living God.”—Matthew 16:16; Daniel 9:25. www.jw.org
 
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