Jesus[jē′zəz, -zəs; Sp hā zo̵̅o̅s′]
- Jesus was a teacher and the founder of the Christian religion, or a male name.
An example of Jesus is the person that Christians believe to be the son of God.
A depiction of Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin of JesusEcclesiastical Late Latin Iesus ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Iēsous ; from Classical Hebrew (language) yēshūʼa, contr. of yehōshūʼa ( Joshua), help of Jehovah ; from yāh, Jehovah + hōshīa, to help
4? BC–AD 29?
Origin of JesusMiddle English, from Late Latin Iēsus, from Greek Iēsous, from Hebrew yēšûă‘, from y&schwa;hôšûa‘, Joshua; see Joshua1.
- The possessive of the Jesus may be either Jesus’s (pronounced with three syllables) or Jesus’ (pronounced with two syllables). The latter form was traditionally more common when referred to the Christian figure while the former is more common when referring to other people named Jesus, but both forms are attested in both cases. See s'.
- A Christian savior.
- An artistic representation of a Christian savior.
From Ancient Greek Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), from Hebrew ישוע (yeshúa). The Greek text makes no distinction between Jesus and Joshua, referring to them both as Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous). The Latin Vulgate is likely the earliest to make a distinction, referring to Jesus as Iesus and Joshua as Iosue.