OK, so nobody in this Forum knows the meaning of the word most used in the Bible, save perhaps for the word ‘God’. This is at least surprising, if not incredible!
I mean, there was Jesus, a humble man from Nazareth, trudging around a very small part of the globe, in the hot miserable desert mostly among a bunch of raggedy rangers. He was a plain man, perhaps a woodworker who apparently spoke Aramaic with a sloppy accent so that anyone knew where he came from - and many were not impressed. (I think this is a bit of true, practical reality.) He was on his journey for about three years.
Then all of a sudden he is perceived of as ‘divine’, the ‘Son of God’, a God who is also ‘divine’.
Now did the idea that Jesus of Nazareth was ‘divine’ arise because people were actually looking for a someone who was ‘divine’, as promised by the Old Covenant? Note that in the OT ‘Messiah’ does not mean ‘divine one’: it was used in terms of annointing the King.
Jesus would customarily have fallen into the category of prophet or nabi: it was characteristic of the Jewish people that whenever monarch, priesthood or nation went astray, some ordinary man or woman would simply appear and announce what he or she believed to be God’s view on the matter…They were literally mouthpieces of God (Wilson, p 63).
Or were there certain characteristics which infused Jesus of Nazareth which might be recognised as ‘divine’ by those who knew him? And how did they know what those characteristics were unless they had an idea of what a ‘divine’ person was like?
So what happened? What does ‘divine mean’? What did it mean to those who saw Jesus? Does it have a meaning in Hebrew or Aramaic?
And how do we apply it to deities of other faiths: can we Christians say those deities are ‘divine’? I assume that would be antithetical to the hard-held beliefs of many Catholics, but those who worship those deities are convinced that they are ‘divine’ in most cases.