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The name
“Christian” in the Bible

Greek: Χριστιανός —transliteration: Christianos

This is the name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Jesus Christ.

It was first used at Antioch (Acts 11:26). The name occurs only 3 times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16).

The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were “brethren” and sisters, “believers,” “the faithful,” “elect,” and the “saints”.

But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name “Christian” came into use, and was universally accepted.

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Article Version: August 29, 2019