A-Z: General definitions: Jesus Christ


(c. 4 BCE- c. 30 CE). Jewish carpenter and teacher; founder of Christianity. Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew 'Joshua' meaning 'Yahweh (God) is salvation'). His life is recorded mainly in the four Gospels although he is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus (c 37-c.100) and the Roman historian Tacitus (c.110). Jesus was also given the title Christ, meaning 'anointed one' or Messiah, by his followers.

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