Messiah

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Messiah, Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ Tiberian Māšîăḥ (“anointed”), is a term used in Judaism, Christianity and Islam for the redeemer figure expected in one form or another by each religion. More loosely, the term messiah denotes any redeemer figure and the adjective messianic is used in a broad sense to refer to beliefs or theories about an eschatological improvement of the state of humanity or the world.[1] Messiah is used in the Hebrew Bible to describe priests and kings, who were traditionally anointed with holy anointing oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25. For example, Cyrus the Great, the king of Persia, though not a Hebrew, is referred to as "God's anointed" (messiah). In later Jewish messianic tradition and eschatology, messiah refers to a leader anointed by God, and in some cases, a future King of Israel, physically descended from the Davidic line, who will rule the people of a united tribes of Israel[2] and herald the Messianic Age[3] of global peace. In Judaism, the Messiah is not considered to be God or a Son of God.

The translation of the Hebrew word Mašíaḥ as Χριστός (Khristós) in the Greek Septuagint[4] became the accepted Christian designation and title of Jesus of Nazareth, indicative of the principal character and function of his ministry. Christians believe that prophecies in the Hebrew Bible refer to a spiritual savior and believe Jesus to be that Messiah (Christ).

Islamic tradition holds the view that Jesus (Isa), son of Mary was indeed the promised prophet or Messiah (Masih) sent to the Semitic Jewish tribes living in Israel and he will again return to Earth in end times after the arrival of Imam Mahdi to defeat the "great deceiver" i.e. Dajjal (false messiah).[5]

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