For Further Reflection
If you’re curious, here are the other names and titles ascribed to Jesus in the gospel accounts of his birth and earliest years. Take time to read the accompanying Scriptures below, and meditate on what those names might mean for you today.
Holy One (Luke 1:35)
Lord (Luke 1:43, 2:11)
Savior (Luke 2:11)
Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)
Salvation (Luke 2:30)
Light for Revelation to the Gentiles (Luke 2:32)
Glory of Israel (Luke 2:32)
Sign that will be Spoken Against (Luke 2:34)
Don Campbell, Wendell Johnston, John Walvoord, and John Witmer, The Theological Wordbook (Nashville, TN: Word Publishing, 2000) 240-241.
Lawrence O. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (Grand Rapids, MI: Regency Reference Library, 1985) 360, 573.
Craig A. Evans, The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: Matthew-Luke (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor, 2003) 47
Clinton E. Arnold, General Editor, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Volume 1: Matthew, Mark, Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002) 16.
Tremper Longman III, Editor, The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks, 2013) 1199-1200.
Merrill C. Tenney, General Editor, The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible: Volume 5, Q-Z (Grand Rapids, MI: Regency Reference Library, 1975, 1976) 480-483.
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