Why is the movie titled "The Passion of THE Christ"?

A friend asked the question: “Why is the Mel Gibson movie titled The Passion of The Christ instead of The Passion of Christ?”

Because Christ is not a personal name but a title meaning “the Anointed One.” So, the title translates to The Passion of The [Anointed One]. Had the movie been titled The Passion of Christ, it would have lost the sense that “the Christ” is a title and not a name and could have been translated The Passion of [Anointed One], which sounds grammatically incorrect.

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