In this eighth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses what the word messiah means, what a messiah does and the multiple places that the word appears in the Hebrew Bible.
In the Tanakh we have several examples of both people and items that are “moshiach’d” or anointed. It is a commission for a sacred purpose. There are approximately 39 instances in the Hebrew Bible of the word messiah, including even a foreign pagan king, Cyrus the Persian. We discuss this in depth throughout the episode.
We also discuss what the purpose and function of any anointed person and what they are tasked with doing. Will there be a messiah in the future? There are Hebrew Bible verses that are at least READ to indicate that this will be so but there are not as many biblical indicators about this – clear prophecies in a straight forward plain sense way – than what people say there are and some are taken as prophecies that could apply to anyone.
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