Son of the Blessed One

“Son of the Blessed One” literally means, “Son of the one who is well spoken of.” It is one of the names of Jesus (Yeshua‘) but includes one of the code names for God. According to Mark, the high priest spoke the name at Jesus’ trial.

The high priest was questioning [Jesus], and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” (Mark 14:61)

The other gospel writers record the interrogation differently and their words shed light on the meaning of the name “Son of the Blessed One.”1 The Jewish leaders wanted Jesus to incriminate Himself by saying that He was the Son of God and the Messiah (Christ). Matthew and Luke use those titles but Mark opts for what might be a more accurate record of the words. The Jews believed that they should not use the divine name, so instead of speaking the personal name of God, Yahweh (or Jehovah), they used code names. “Blessed One” was a way of avoiding the divine name.

Picture of the High Priest's question to Jesus in the Greek text of Mark 14:61 "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” The High Priest’s question to Jesus in Mark 14:61

Son of the Blessed One in Greek:

Ho hyios tou eulogētou

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 5207, 2128

Bible reference: Mark 14:61

This name of Jesus indicates that God is the Blessed One. The nearest equivalent name of God is Blessed God but it comes from a different Greek word and means something else.

 

  1. Matt. 26:63; Luke 22:66-71 []
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