I’ve noted a couple of times that it’s incredibly suspicious that the only two times that Josephus writes the word “Christ” is when he just so happens to be refering to the Jesus of Christianity. One person at FRDB claimed that by the time Josephus wrote, he didn’t know what “christ” meant. I countered that Josephus had to have known what “christ” meant: it means “anointed one”, and Josephus uses the word “anoint” many times in Greek.
So here (from here) are all of the instances in Antiquities where Josephus writes the word “anoint” or some other variation of it.
και πασαν την σκηνην χριων
“chrion” – anoint
ο προφήτης χρίει τον Σαουλον
the prophet anointed (chriei) Saul
εί χρίσει τω ελαίω τον νεανίσκον
anoint (chrisei) the oil [on] the young one
και περιχρίσαντας το αγιον ελαιον αποδειξαι βασιλέα
και τω ελαίω χρίσαντες εισήγαγον εις την πόλιν
and anoint (peri-chrisantas) [with] the holy oil to make [him] king […] and anointed (chrisantes) him with oil, and brought him into the city
7.14.(10 or 11)
και Σολόμωνα δεύτερον εχρισαν τω ελαίω
and Solomon [a] second [time] was anointed (echrisan) [with] the oil
Έλισσαιος δ’ ο προφήτης ενα των αυτου μαθητων δους αυτω το αγιον ελαιον επεμψεν εις Άραμώθα χρίσοντα τον Ιηουν
[But] Elisha the prophet sent one of his students to Ramoth (or Aramotha/Arimathia) with holy oil to anoint (chrisonta) Jehu.
και τω ελαίω χρίσας Ιώδας απέδειξε βασιλέα
and Jodas/Jehoiada anointed (chrisas) [him with] the oil and made him king
χρισάμενος μύροις την κεφαλήν
anoint[ed] (chrisamenos) his head
And here are the two times that Josephus writes what we call “christ”:
ο χριστος ουτος ην
this was the christ
τον αδελφον Ιησου του λεγομένου Χριστου, Ιάκωβος ονομα αυτω
the brother [of] Jesus called Christ, his name Jacob
Of course, I think both of these passages are interpolated, since Josephus in “Jewish War” 6.5.4 says that the one predicted in Jewish scripture to be declared ruler of the world was Vespasian. Yet Josephus doesn’t use that title (christ) for Vespasian while it’s pretty obvious that Josephus has already established that the word “anoint” has a connection to Jewish leadership.