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Names given to Christ in Holy Scripture and in the liturgy of the Church. Twenty-six distinct Messianic titles occur in the Old Testament, and about sixty-five in the New Testament. While teaching, he referred to himself as the Bread of Life, the Door, the Vine, Lord, Master, Son, Way, Truth, Son of Man, Good Shepherd, Light of the World, the Resurrection and the Life. These names serve to bring out specific attributes of Christ as God or qualities of the Savior as Man. Taken together, they identify all the principal mysteries in Christology and Soteriology.