Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene

Cyrus as “Messiah”

As far as I know, there is only one heathen ruler referred to in the Old Testament as a “messiah,” and that is Cyrus the Great of Persia. In Isaiah 45.1, one finds: … כֹּה־אָמַ֣ר יְהוָה֮ לִמְשִׁיחֹו֮ Thus Cyrus in the LXX is transformed into a “christ,” χριστός being the Greek equivalent of messiah: Οὕτως λέγει κύριος […]